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John Deere Country Part 1 DVD How a Combine is Made 5 of 5 (1)

John Deere Country Part 1 DVD How a Combine is Made TM Books and Video JDFACT1 780484635690
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John Deere allowed TM cameras inside the famous John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline, IL for a rare and fascinating look at how the best-selling combines in the world are made. See each step in the process from metal fabrication, painting, welding, sub-assemblies, main assembly, final inspection to combines being loaded on trucks and flat cars for delivery all over the world.

Bonus features include archival footage of John Deere combines being manufactured in 1959. See how the Harvester Works looked back then and John Deere's first self-propelled combines in action the 55, 45, and 95.
Prepare to be amazed.
1 hour 20 min.

Customer Reviews

"This was ordered for my John Deere loving husband. He has always wanted to go back to Moline to see how they are made, but of course that costs a lot of money. This way he could learn what he wanted, without the cost. He absolutely loved it. In fact, he loved it so much, he has been asking me about the second one, and if we could get that one too."

"From my father down to my six-year old, our entire family enjoyed watching how John Deere combines are made in Moline, Illinois. There aren't many shows where three generations can give an enthusiastic 5 star review!"

"A treat for young and old alike with an interest in the inner workings of farm equipment "John Deere Country Part 1: How a Combine is Made is a DVD that lives up to its title, bringing the viewer on a step-by-step tour of precisely how a John Deere combine is crafted. From how lasers cut sheets of metal into the thousands of parts needed, to the process of bending, punching, and welding together the pieces, and adding internal working such as cylinder, cleaning shoe, and grain bend. A truly amazing look at the efficiency of modern technology, supplemented with the human ingenuity and hard work, John Deere Country Part 1 is a treat for young and old alike with an interest in the inner workings of farm equipment."
Midwest Book Review

"I loved it! Really like seeing the old footage of the 1950's" & Hopes we continue to add more old footage to future titles."
Larry Blakey, Quality Equipment, L.L.C.

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Runtime:1 Hour, 20 Mins
Producer:TM Books and Video
Aspect Ratio:Full Screen
DVD UPC:780484635690
Shrink Wrapped?:Yes
Disc Type:DVD
Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

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In this now 10 year old program from 2008, We all know that combines came from several operations which includes Gathering corn, Grain and rice, to disposing waste out in the back. A part that collects corn in the machine is called a gathering component. The top of the machine carries grain in a special tank. Fact Alert: a JD Combine carries 300 bushels of grain. The back part of the machine spits out Chopped up Straw & Corn Husks. Here's a little history: Before Self-propelled combines, Farmers have to get the crop over to the Threshing machine and pitchfork it in. By using vintage films starting with what happened after the Second World War have ended in the late '40s, JD introduced their very first self-propelled combine, known as model #55 Named Ol' Round Back. What's different? Well, Ol' Round back uses 30 bushels per acre and 350 bushels a day, while the present Combines used only 200 bushels per acre and between 5000 & 6000 Bushels a day. The main portion of the program is a visit to the JD Harvester Works in East Moline, IL, and in fact today this factory is only 105 years old despite the original line of factory made machines were built between 1913 and 1981. Here's how they made combines. Step 1: start with sheet metal or Primaries. It took only 17,000 parts to make 1 regular combine. Step 2: large slabs are cut into smaller pieces which are assisted by computer controlled press, and are shaped out by bending bricks. Also the Computer press forms 37 types of holes in the metal. The presses have a capacity from 250 to 750 tons. Some are programmed to create 4 different bends on one part. Next the high rise metal lasers have to cut the metal to form the part for the combine. Of course the harvester works had the largest automated cell system in the us, and the third largest in the world. Each 55 ft tower can hold 153 tons of steel and operate for 3 days without any operator intervention. Back when this was released only 20 laser machines were there and there were only plans to order 4 more. The metal melts at 2500 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 4 times hotter than molten lava in a volcano. In fact, Factory Lasers melts metal between 2500 and 3000 degrees Fahrenheit, plus it can cut 400 holes in a minute, and move at 4700 inches per minute. to get the 200 ton laser cell to the assembly plant, it takes only 15 Big Rigs to get there. Step 4: the parts are have to be examined by the CMM Room which is short for the Coordinate Measuring Machine. It starts with an engineering print, so that a person might have to computer controlled the part in order to cut or stamp it out. To make sure measurements are exact you need a steady base. The Coordinate Measuring Machines stands on a 4 Ft Thick, 300,000 lb Air Cushioned Concrete slab. in fact you could drive a train passing the room and a dime standing on the edge would never topple over. Step 5: the parts have to be made in 3 areas, which includes metal fabrication, the paint, and the Main & Sub-Assembly lines. The largest is the STS or Single Tine Separator Body Line. It is the core of the combine. The Bullet Rotor is a part that separates the module. Side Sheets are welded, then hung near the line waiting for their turn to be installed. When put together, it gets really heavy as it moves down to the next part of the assembly pant with some help from Air pressure fixures. At the end of the line, there's a cutaway display showing the unit in action. Next the main body is moved to the painting section of the assembly plant with some help from the Overhead Conveyor System. The overhead conveyor track on every factory is only 9 miles long, with an additional 2 miles in the painting department. Here's another fact: JD Combines cost only $300,000, operates for 17 years, and change owners 5 times. In order to keep the business booming, JD uses a $40M investment for the 120,00 Square foot painting facility. All 6 special cranes used in the painting part of the factory measures 28,000 lbs. Stage 1 in the painting department, is only 4 minutes, uses cleaner and Alkaline Chemicals, and is measured at 150 degrees Fahrenheit. The last tank which stores primer paint is called Electrolysis. Once dipped in green paint, the machine is moved to a 275 Degree Fahrenheit oven for only 68 minutes. To put the finishing touches of the machine, 4 spray robots are used in the area, where larger parts are painted which includes the module and and the grain tank. 2 more spray robots operates the header area where all smaller parts are painted. the headers aren't dipped, they are cleaned in booths with sprayers, and uses a sophisticated wet-on-wet spray application. Also 2 people took turns covering every area that the robots never applied. In a year, it only took 80,000 gallons of paint. Finally the parts are moved to a different oven which was baked at 220 Degrees Fahrenheit for only 49 minutes. Next we head to the countdown for the finishing touches beginning with a green painted module which includes a special tag for which options have been chosen. First the rear axle is bolted on to the body. The Towveyer is 600 yards long, and operates on a Stop & Go basis. Each of the station in a factory performs their tasks in only 20 minutes. Station 5 is the Grain tank, where we see a CGI X-ray demonstration of a combine's conveyor belt, and also see a special machine known as the Simple Air Manipulator. Not all Combines are made at the harvester works. Cabs for Combines are made in another factory called the McLaughlin Body Company. If one Fails to Deliver, the entire line stops. Both assemblies and combines have their own assigned sequence number. In the vintage Black & White company film, we all know that the model 55 was JD's first Self-Propelled Combine. At the final part of the assembly, we moved to Waterloo, Iowa where we see how the PowerTech Plus engine is assembled. They ranged from 6.8 to 13.5 liters, and produced 265 to 480 horsepower. All main engines uses gears instead of belts to control the power being sent from Madrid Spain. The Completed engine weights in at about 4600 lbs. The Hoist is at 7000 lbs. Every time the robots are programmed to hit the exact spot every time. As soon as the combine is ready to roll out on its own wheels, it moves to the last 13 stations, which includes the feeder house with a CGI X-ray Demonstration, and a special feature called the Contour Master. The Auger is 26 Feet Long, enables 300 bushels in 90 seconds, which is 3.3 bushels per second, while the normal rate is 2.2 bushels per second. When all the big parts are assembled, it moves to Station 34 for the upper panels, and Station 35 for the Decals. Now here's an off-topic point of this program, Producer Tom McCommas Narrates the Imaginary JD Olympics. Finally, the tires are installed, moves to the final inspection, and also be installed on both Semi Trucks, and Flatbeds on Mainline Freight Trains. To get to either of these 2 machines, it'll have to be towed by an 844J Wheel Loader. The loading Crane weights at only 22,500 lbs. For trains, a special dock on a flatbed is designed to make room for the huge tires on the combines. The trackmobile tows the flatbeds out of the shops, and onto a waiting locomotive, which only one is shown in this program being a Former Iowa Chicago & Eastern GP9 number 114. Maybe TM Should've made a segment on the trackmobile in a Future I Love Toy Trains Show. Who Knows?

While the Main Program is only 40 Minutes on both the DVD and The Amazon Prime on the go versions, the DVD Version has an additional 40 minutes of vintage Company Films.

Additional remarks by Steamboy:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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