on a 1660 had the rear axle break on the side of a hill and pointed the nose at the sky. Also has all the bolts on the rotor drive hub shear when the rotor plugged. Not easy pulling the rotor out when it's plugged full of wet beans.
1688 had those rotor bolts shear. First time on a weekend and the after hour's guy didn't know about the update plate, so yeah fixed it for about one year, then it happened again. Plugged with wet beans and the elephant ears catching on the cone at the bottom. Trying to turn a plugged rotor with no drive, lovely.
The worst combine break down we ever had work wise..... Back in 1985 it was so wet and our MF 750 had a track derail in a bad mud hole. I think we sunk about 6 or 7 6 foot 6X6's trying to lift the combine to get the rollers back on the rail. I don't know how many combines left the local Massey dealer brand knew with those steel tracks that fall.
feeder chain into the rotor bent it. disc blade through a new 2388. destroyed it. hitting a bridge catching a powerline with the bubble up. catching a deadman with a 1020. not all my f up's but have seen them all locally
we don't have rocks but always something in the field it seems. ran a NH3 drag cover in my 2388. busted the vanes off messed up the chopper and set it on fire. what a deal. electric fence posts and a **** oor skunk once and a while. man I hate them skunks in a combine. ran a row cleaner into my flex draper last fall. not good
Father in law ran a jack off his disk through his 2388 in the fall of 2007. Had to put everything in new from front to back. New feeder house drum and chain, new cone with all new hardware on it, new rotor (put AFX in), new chopper rotor, all the stationary knives, and both spreaders. Wasn't a good year for him. Rotor gearbox went out before all this happened. I think he put some new sieves in too from the jack. Had a brand new 2388(internally) after all this happened. To top this all off, when he went to get it out for 2008 harvest, it wouldn't start because the rats had chewed the main wiring harness (the great big one) in the cab in two. What a mess.
How could I forget Raccoons? 3 young ones in the feeder house just sleeping away. Take grandpa's 715 out to the field, fire it up and guess what. What a mess, it had a spike tooth cylinder. For 2 or 3 years as you would work on it you would find little pieces of hide. Then 10 years later 3 more in the feeder of our 1688, same thing.
Last year our neighbor went out to chop haylage and the shoot plugged right away. When he stuck his hand in to clean it there was a snarling **** waiting for him.
Our 1460 put a piston out the side of the block ,heading wheat for my uncle. 3 weeks it took to fix using a block off a old t line international that had caught on fire. We now have a 1480 equilavent motor on her and it has made a big difference to its capacity.
deadman= what they tie a telephone pole to the guidewire it was along a RR track. have ran a couple skunks through cutting beans. man that will make her stink a while. allways be sure your insuarnce covers Intake of foreign matter. those a holes always trying to slip by.