Every year you can expect to spend considerable time on the Combines preparing them and limiting the chances of breakdowns in the field, but as we all say just expect the unexpected.
Work on the 410 continued after servicing and repairs were completed on the 860.
The 410 needed 6 new belts and two bearings plus the standard servicing.
the combine has suffered paintwork damage on the top surfaces caused by oil and diesel being poured over to protect the bodywork! So I think a full strip and respray is required, and I think she's well worth the work which is considerable; but to me she's
a very special machine being a local combine and rare 8ft 6 cut.
My fellow combine collector Howard had prepared his 50 yr old MF 400 ready for our crops of Barley at Stratton on the Fosse , this combine required
a tank fuel pump as the old one had got very weak and struggled to supply enough fuel up to the engine and it caused some issues last season.
Apart from that and the customary service it was good to go.
The following photos came from the 16 th August as we started cutting our own Barley, but by now the weather was very unsettled and dry days very hard to find.