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Ohio Tim
Posted 12/9/2016 18:00 (#5687252)
Subject: 9400 feeder house removal


NE OH
John Deere 9400 combine, standard length feeder house

I've changed rasp bars laying on the feeder house and rebuild the feeder house top shaft/sprockets from below with it still attached. Well, I don't think the concave is going to be coming out with the feeder house on the machine.

Searching here yields good ideas and other things to inspect. Most make it sound simple. Probably is, but we here like to complicate most things. My concern is the weight of the feeder house. I have no clue what it weighs.

Do you folks think a Bobcat 763(1500#rated) with forks would be ideal to pull it off(seems like the weight would be way out front for it). Or just use the corn head as an anchor? Gravel storage, so my engine hoist is not going to work.
Also, the book says leave the hydraulic hoses attached and to just pull them through. Is this the best or just cap them and get them out of the way?

Anything else you could add would be appreciated.

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billybob
Posted 12/9/2016 18:12 (#5687274 - in reply to #5687252)
Subject: RE: 9400 feeder house removal


68340
Is it possible to hook it up to a head and then remove the feeder house from the combine?
I have not done it that way, but I think others have.
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LC74
Posted 12/9/2016 18:27 (#5687308 - in reply to #5687252)
Subject: RE: 9400 feeder house removal


I took off FH 7720 one time very heavy , about lost it with fork lift. So I built a stand on wheels to slide under and lift it up and pull out from combine. I have used it now for3 or 4 times myself on 9500, my friend down the roadhas used it 2 times on his 9400. local JD dealer rented it for a while to use in shop, then used mine to make his own. if u know what to do u can have it off in 2hrs by myself. I am 25 mile south of Celina OH. 9372387901
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oldbones
Posted 12/9/2016 18:45 (#5687338 - in reply to #5687252)
Subject: RE: 9400 feeder house removal



Floyd County, Iowa
I've had the FH off my 9400, using a forklift on concrete floor.
I wouldn't try it with the skid loader- you have nothing like a forklift mast that you can chain the top of the FH to.
I pulled the hoses through, but there isn't much room in that space on the right side.
You'll also have to take the parking brake cables off the bottom of the pedal (under the cab), as they go through the space on the left side (at least on mine they did), along with the reverser cable, and IIRC, the small hyd hose for the FH speed adjust.
If you don't have a concrete floor for a rolling brace, or a forklift, I'd use the corn head. Just use something for a prop to hold the back end up at the right height.
I thought the FH on the 6620 was a lot easier to remove and replace than the one on my 9400.
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gene_champ
Posted 12/9/2016 19:10 (#5687383 - in reply to #5687252)
Subject: RE: 9400 feeder house removal


NC Iowa
A two ton cherry picker will work good. If on gravel and you cant roll it away, can you back the combine away.
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rattlnram
Posted 12/9/2016 19:13 (#5687385 - in reply to #5687252)
Subject: RE: 9400 feeder house removal


Orient Oh
I've done a couple with leaving the corn head on and backing combine away from head and feeder house. Use a 2 ton floor jack at the bottom of the feeder house for a little adjustment when putting feeder house back on. I would let the cylinders drag backwards then rachet strap to hold them up to drive forward.
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redbonehound
Posted 12/9/2016 19:25 (#5687413 - in reply to #5687252)
Subject: RE: 9400 feeder house removal


PA
We just took ours off last year. Hooked it to our 918 head unhooked everything and backed away. It never moved. Wasnt that bad just took time.
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dfuller
Posted 12/9/2016 19:53 (#5687473 - in reply to #5687252)
Subject: RE: 9400 feeder house removal


Beloit, Ks
I have chained it to a skid steer and put a very heavy saw horse under the back side and backed the combine away. our similar size skid steer would just barely left it enough to get it back on. lifting only like two inches off the ground. it would bring the back off the ground. I would not do it this way again. also check your beater blade and beater grate if you have the concave bars off.

Edited by dfuller 12/9/2016 19:55
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Swenny79
Posted 12/9/2016 20:34 (#5687572 - in reply to #5687274)
Subject: RE: 9400 feeder house removal


Concordia, KS
+1, the only way we have ever done it. Works good, just block the feederhouse.
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Andover
Posted 12/9/2016 22:48 (#5687860 - in reply to #5687252)
Subject: RE: 9400 feeder house removal


Guelph, Ontario

Use your engine hoist. Block it well and back the combine away. Don't fool around with it.... I dropped one once...Don't recommend that.  

I made up a set of plugs for the hydraulics rather than reroute them.

Still have cables & wires to deal with. Always wondered why the didn't put a plug/connection to simplify that part.

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sdPete
Posted 12/9/2016 23:06 (#5687888 - in reply to #5687252)
Subject: RE: 9400 feeder house removal



Beresford SD
Another method.....

Remove feeder chain and front drum. Poke the forklift in the front opening get the forks under internal cross beam. Disconnect everything and back away.
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jmiller
Posted 12/10/2016 00:48 (#5687947 - in reply to #5687252)
Subject: RE: 9400 feeder house removal


West central Ohio
I know this would't work in your situation since you don't have a concrete floor to work on, but thought I'd comment about how I've seen dealer do ours. Cherry picker engine hoist. Chain on hoist boom around upper feeder house. Chain goes clear around feeder house, not around top shaft. Angle iron welded across the legs of hoist for the front of feeder house to rest against. Take the bolts out of the yokes where feeder house attaches to combine. Tension chain around feeder house and pull fh out just enough to get it out of yokes and then spin the feeder house around sharp to the left side of combine, leaving all hoses attached. Turns it out to about a 70* angle. Can pull it out to the side some. Said that is how they always do them.
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JAGSVIP
Posted 12/10/2016 15:33 (#5688998 - in reply to #5687252)
Subject: RE: 9400 feeder house removal


Urbana, OH
We did a 9500 about six years ago and used an engine hoist/cherry picker. It was perfect because the bottom of the feeder house will rest on the legs of the picker. It's a plus if you have a nice shop floor to roll the picker on. The building we did ours in was gravel, so we had to put down two really thick sheets of plywood.

Edited by JAGSVIP 12/10/2016 15:35
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Ohio Tim
Posted 12/10/2016 19:16 (#5689370 - in reply to #5687252)
Subject: RE: 9400 feeder house removal


NE OH
Wow guys, thanks for all the great ideas. I had a few minutes to mess with it today. I got everything just about ready to pull it off. I came up with this crazy hybrid idea. We have a very heavy wood shed door (9'x12') that we pulled off a building to replace with an overhead. I'm going to lay it down in the gravel and employ my engine hoist. Not perfect but it'll be ok. I think.....

The head on the FH doesn't seem bad (that's what the book says to do). But I figure it would be hard to line it back up, I'd walk 3 miles back and forth around it and I buried both heads deep in the shed after I cleaned them up.
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