Upgrading to a mo' fly ride
The old girl went down on me yesterday; I was harvesting corn near my house when all of a sudden the corn head and separator stopped. I pulled out of the rows, stopped the combine, and got out to check what was going on. My first sign that something was not good was a rattling sound coming from near the engine. The sound of a bearing that had gone out on the PTO transmission coming from the engine. The second was a steady dripping of oil coming from said PTO transmission. Not good.
As luck would have it, I had been in talks with the local dealer about trading combines anyway. They were able to locate a couple of machines, one in Mt Ayr, the other in Nevada, that might be suitable. So, Dad and I took a roadtrip to Nevada yesterday to look at this 2188.
Now, for those of you not familiar with Case IH combines, here's some basic info: A 1460 is like a Chevrolet Monte Carlo from the mid-80's - pretty neat stuff at the time, and while it will get you from point A to point B today, it is getting old and prone to break downs. A 2188 is like a mid 1990's Chevrolet Impala- Not the shinest, but still pretty decent, and light years ahead of the 1980's technology.
Except a 1995 Chevrolet Impala doesn't cost more than a 2006 Mercedes E class, as this 1995 Case IH 2188 does. The 2006 combines cost as much as a Lamborghini. I kid you not.
So, with having the 1460 repaired at the dealer, I'll trade it in, along with a subsoiler tillage tool, and some cash for this 2188. And payments for the next five years. It is a bigger combine, so I should be able to get through my crop faster, disregarding any breakdowns (which should be fewer, I hope). I should be able to combine corn at 5.5-6 mph instead of 3-3.5 mph as I do now. In layman's terms, that's like going from 55 to 90 on the interstate.
I should get the machine on Thursday - on which day it is supposed to rain, and can't harvest. Hmmm.
The New (with my father checking out the donuts):