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The Big Tough Rugged Line

The Big Tough Rugged Line brings more grain to the elevator

In 1962 International Harvester unleashed a new big, tough and rugged line of big capacity, grain saving combines. The new combine series had 26% more room on the operators deck over the first generation combines, a fully-padded posture seat with adjustments to fit the tall and short and the availability of a cab. Not only was comfort improved but ease of operation was increased.  The new series had hydrostatic power steering, hydrostatic drive that provided infinite speed control without clutching or shifting.  The new big combines from International had modern sleek safety shields to cover the drives and the separator.

IH No. 303 Combine with a 42 inch 2 row corn head 

The No. 303 combine was the smallest of the new IH combines in 1962.  The 65 hp 303 combine had a standard 55 bushel grain tank and could hold up to 83 bushels with a bin extension.  The 303 was fitted for 10 1/12, 13 or 14 ft grain platforms and 2 and 3 row corn heads. 

IH No. 403 Combine is at home in rice and wheat 

The No. 403 was IH's most popular selling combine in the 1960's. It was produced from 1962 to 1970. In 1966 the 403 was upgraded to hydrostatic drive. This was a giant step in combine design and operation ease. The 403 was well equipped for power with an International C-263 engine rated at 90 hp.  Header options for the 403 included grain headers from 13 to 18 1/2 ft and 2, 3 and 4 row corn heads.

IH No. 503 Combine is an acre eater with a 20 1/2 ft grain head and 6 row corn head 

International offered the mega combine of the 1960's with model No. 503. The 503 combine was rated at 106 hp and could handle a maximum 106 bushels of grain in its bin.  The 503 was available with a standard 4 row corn head or a large 6 row head for big farms in the corn belt.  Grain heads from 13ft to 20 1/2 feet were available for the 503. 503's could be ordered from IH as Corn and Wheat machines or with special options for Rice and Edible Bean harvest. The 503 was sold from 1962 to 1968.

IH No. 203

 All new for 1963 was the IH No. 203 combine. This model featured twin grain tanks that could hold up to 53 bushels. The 203's engine was top mounted and rated at 55 hp. The 203 was a perfect and economical for the smaller farmer who raised grain. The 203 was larger than the largest combine IH had offered just a decade before. The 203 was built to handle a 2 row corn head and 10 and 13ft grain heads. The 203 helped a farmer who raised grain and row crops get more combine for his dollar.

IH No. 403 Hillside Combine

The No. 403 Hillside Combine was introduced in 1963 and offered through 1969. The exclusive IH four way leveling system on the 403 provided better traction and grain handling on hillsides and steep slopes. It also added safety to the harvest. The Hillside 403 featured a larger IH C-282 six cylinder engine over the standard 403.

IH's combine slogan in the 1960's was "the people who bring you combines that work."


Follow the IH Combine Story through the 1970's on Part III


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