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Combine Cab-Access Stairs
Left pic of green combine labeled Henderson Farms with added fold-up stairs. Middle pic of red International combine with added fold-up stairs. Rt pic of John Deere combine with added bottom stair.

For those who have difficulty climbing vertical combine ladders, Combine Cab-Access Stairs are a relatively inexpensive alternative vs. a powered lift. Bolted to the machine's deck-plate, the stairs slope at a 45 degree angle behind the drive tire to facilitate ascending/descending. With handrails on each side, it usually has seven steps, the bottom two or three being retractable for proper ground clearance. Henderson custom-builds access stairs for any make/model but specializes in John Deere combines; a 12-volt seat-activated reversing switch is provided to raise/lower the bottom two steps. Stermer's homemade access stairs consist of a 1/8-inch diamond plate for the deck, five corrugated-metal steps mounted to a 2- x 6-inch channel iron frame, plus support bar running from the staircase to his combine's frame. The bottom two stairs are retracted by pulling on a rope that runs down from the cab entrance. Eicher modified a rolling shop ladder to become combine access stairs.

Estimated Cost Cost range: Henderson custom-made-$2,800; Stermer homemade-$1,200

Limitations Limitations Addressed by Product: Lower extremity, Upper extremity, Strength/endurance, Back

SourceHenderson Combine Ladders, LLC
1407 West Main St.
Beresford, SD, 57004

SourceJohn Deere Combine Stairs
Ron McDonald
19960 1st St
Maquoketa, IA, 52060

SourceAdapted from Farm Show Magazine, vol. 44, no. 2
Paul Stermer
67 County Route 115
Lindley, NY, 14858
Last updated: Dec 17, 2021

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