College Students Build a Half-Pint Harvester

October 25, 2011 12:44 PM

After their internship with Case New Holland (CNH), David Deters and Brandon Thompson took one last project back to Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., to finish their senior year.
CNH provides a unique item to donate each year to the U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc., and Association of Canadian Custom Harvesters Inc., annual meetings. Deters and Thompson asked their mentor, Kelly Burgess, product quality manager for CNH, if they could build the item.

Since one of the annual meetings would be held in the same town as Case IH’s Axial-Flow combine assembly plant, Burgess and his colleagues Andy Dozler, Chris Larson, Jason Schuster, Cy Werda and Mike Wetzel wanted to fabricate a ¼-scale Case IH 7088 combine, dubbed the "Mini-88."
With computer design files and a rolling chassis from CNH, the students built a two-wheel, hydrostatic-drive combine with a 13½-hp gas engine. A propulsion handle, as in full-size combines, controls a feeder house and header that raise and lower, a movable batreel and an extendable auger.

For a photo gallery of the Mini-88 and comments from the students, go to

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