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Hello all.

Just wanted to know if any one had done any windrowing with there 8010. Crops aren't the best over here in Australia and alot is going into hay this year. We figure that if we put rotor gearbox into neutral, take main drive belt off & take feeder chain out. But we think that the alarms will come up for clean/return elevators & cleaning system. Has anyone done this??
 

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I seem to recall that you can tell the computer you are doing this, which will make it not whine about the alarms. Look through the manual or call the dealer to confirm. Maybe someone else on here has direct experience though.

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Quote:I seem to recall that you can tell the computer you are doing this, which will make it not whine about the alarms. Look through the manual or call the dealer to confirm. Maybe someone else on here has direct experience though.

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No you can't do that. If you start pulling belts off you'll have alarms going off like crazy and there is no option in the display to tell it you're windrowing. You can either use a draper head that can be set up for an offset delivery instead of center, or pull out the middle feeder floor. Just put the rotor in 1st gear and slow it all the way down and put the chopper in low range. You can turn off the spreaders but either using the valve or putting them in windrow mode. If you leave anything in neutral you will get alarms in the cab. With the center floor removed it will dump all the crop out the center of the feeder. Only problem is that you will have higher wear on the rear radius of the front floor section.
 

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I swear I remember reading that there was a way to change something in the computer so you could engage the header without the rest of the threshing part of the machine.

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Lance remember when someone posted pic's of doing this in OK this spring, but they had special heads modified. So that might be where you heard about doing that.
 

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G'day Wizza,
We have just finished bailing some barley straw after the 8010 has been through. There is a spring loaded backdrop you can either lift or drop down depending on what you want to do with the trash. If you lift it up , the straw will fall into wind rows good enough to catch with a bailer.

cheers qlder
 

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With a John Deere, engine, separator and feederhouse running you can move the hydrostatic lever out of neutral and turn the key switch to start and it will shut off the slow shaft speed mointor.
 

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You can't disable the shaft speed alarm, but you could go into the HARV>SETUP>USER Screen and put in Volume Adj. to silence the alarm. Just have to remember that if something bad happens, you won't hear the buzzer but the message will come up on the screen. Seems like a very high priced way to windrow the crop with such an expensive machine when a swather would do it much cheaper.
 

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Thanks all for info. We ran into a fella here that is windrowing now with an 8010 and 39 ft macdon. What he has done is, put the rotor into low (has to be in a gear for the feeder to work?) take main belt off & feeder chains out. All the alarms came up when first started, he pressed "ok" on the screen and they went away. The screen then flashed up "windrow mode" & the alarms have not came back up. This guy is windrowing all his crop this year (2500 acres) with his new 8010 he picked up last week.
 

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When it says Windrow Mode, it is telling you that the straw spreader is in the raised position and not spreading. It is NOT telling you that the whole combine is in windrow mode. You are doing something that machine was never intended to do so there is not a setting to accomplish what you want. I am not saying you can't do this, I'm only saying that the machine can't be set to windrow through the computer screen.
 

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Hmmm.... If the computer comes up with "windrow mode", you'd think that there should be an easier way to get into "windrow mode", than having to remove feeder chains and belts...


Come on guys!!??!! There's got to be someone here that knows a 8010 computer a little better than this!??

Q: Is it possible to tell the computer on a 8010 that you want to windrow, without having to trick alarms by pulling chains and belts?
(if yes - then how??)

- Peter
 

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Quote: Thanks all for info. We ran into a fella here that is windrowing now with an 8010 and 39 ft macdon. What he has done is, put the rotor into low (has to be in a gear for the feeder to work?) take main belt off & feeder chains out. All the alarms came up when first started, he pressed "ok" on the screen and they went away. The screen then flashed up "windrow mode" & the alarms have not came back up. This guy is windrowing all his crop this year (2500 acres) with his new 8010 he picked up last week.

Maybe so, but all this just seems like a big waste of the 8010's fuel consumption and unused wear on the entire separator. Why not just get a windrower or hire the swathing done?
 

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The reason I wanted to know was we are about to leave to go harvesting & the farmer wants us to windrow the straw after we have harvested it. The other guy I ran into the other day is using his 8010 because he own's it & not a windrower. The drought is hitting hard over here right now. Most of the eastern Austraila won't get a crop & Western Austraila last I heard didn't get a crop in.
 

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If all you want to do is windrow the straw while harvesting then just open up the rear straw door. I'd leave the spreaders in the down position so the chaff gets spread, unless they want that too. If they do just raise the spreaders and everything will be dropped into a single windrow. Put the chopper in low gear and make sure the counter knives are retracted and it should make decent straw.

There is no door that can be opened on the 8010 to run it like a swather. His best option honestly is to rent a draper head that can do a side delivery. If not the only way to make the combine drop a windrow without going through the rotor is to drop one of the feeder floor sections and let the crop fall out there. The software in the combine will also shut down harvest functions if no rotor speed is seen, so it has to be run. I don't know how he can be windrowing with no feeder chains installed unless he pulled the front floor out which is a pain to do. Otherwise all the material will simply build up at the drum and plug. Even still with the front floor out it would make a poor windrow since there is the front shaft cross tube that would try and disrupt crop flow.
 
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