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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
Websitewww.hendersoncombineladders.com

SourceJohn Deere Combine Stairs
Ron McDonald
19960 1st St
Maquoketa, IA, 52060
Phone563-357-0813

SourceAdapted from Farm Show Magazine, vol. 44, no. 2
Paul Stermer
67 County Route 115
Lindley, NY, 14858
Emailstermerfarm@gmail.com
Phone607-329-6518
Last updated: Nov 24, 2021


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