Have Combine, Will Travel

You are probably used to seeing pictures of combines looking like this: happily harvesting through fields with the sun setting in the background.

How a harvest crew travels!  {DaddysTractor.com}

I posted this pic to Instagram. For more day to day farm life follow me @daddystractor!

And while this is a good look for a combine, it’s a bit overdressed for traveling.

Traveling with a harvest operation can be a BIG DEAL.  You’ve got to move the cart, the semis, the fuel trailer, the combine, and the head wagon down roads lined with overgrown tree branches, mailboxes and telephone poles.  When this bad boy heads for the highway its tires can touch from one white line to the other.  But that’s just the combine.

The head (on our combine) is much broader than the combine itself.  In fact, it’s actually 35 feet wide!  So before heading off into the sunset the head must be removed and loaded onto a wagon.

How a combine travels down the road!  {DaddysTractor.com}


This is best done with at least two, if not three people.  Here you see Wayne (the newest addition to the farm) helping direct Grandpa to line the grain head up with the wagon.  Cory is on the other side doing the same.

How a combine travels down the road!  {DaddysTractor.com}

When the head is properly lined up Grandpa can set it down and release it from the combine.

How a combine travels down the road!  {DaddysTractor.com}

Then the truck can pull the head wagon down the road.

have combine, will travel

Looks a bit different, don’t you agree!

How a combine travels down the road!  {DaddysTractor.com}

It’ll still be a task to maneuver this massive piece of equipment down the road, but at least we won’t take out every mailbox between here and the next farm!

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10 thoughts on “Have Combine, Will Travel

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  2. It is quite a sight to see all the equipment lined up and ready to move! This year is the first year for us with a 25 foot bean head and a header trailer. I was informed to “swing” wide when I was moving it. 🙂

    • LOL! Good advise, I’m sure! I’m impressed though. My family won’t let me drive equipment. They say I have to master the lawn mower first. So not motivated!!

      • I an currently fired from mowing the yard, but have a feeling that will change come spring/summer and planting season. 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing. I’ve never lived on a farm and I’m learning something new each time I read your blog. 🙂

  4. Loving all the small things that are really big thins that you wouldn’t think about unless you do them. Thanks for sharing all the info 🙂 It also brings back memories of my great-grandparents farm… but back then the equipment wasn’t as big or complicated 😉

  5. I love reading about every day farm stuff like this that this city mom doesn’t have a clue about. We really wanted to visit you this weekend, but life turned out crazy. I’ll be calling to set something up as soon as we figure out our next free day.

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