Kile Machine & Mfg. Inc
Kile Machine & Mfg. Inc

Customer Comments:  (Customer comments of our products are always appreciated; please email your comments to info@kilemfg.com, indicate if you want them posted on-line; if posted, we will send you a thank you gift package, so include your mailing address in the email)

Kile Thresh Bars & Impellers

I just wanted to let you know we were very pleased with the performance of our Kile rasp bars we installed over the front concave of our 6130.  In wet conditions the rear 2 concaves would plug with debris, but not the front section with the Kile bars. I also noticed reduced rotor loss in corn.

We also installed the Kile impellers with the knife edges. In green stem soybeans we had a much more even flow into the rotor and had no slugs slam through the rotor. Although it is hard to say how much ground speed we gained in soybeans, I would guess .2-.5 mph.

I am looking forward to installing more Kile rasp bars on our rotor for the upcoming season. Dan Koepke Westville, IN

K506 Thresh Bars

Started in corn yesterday with your 506 bars and transition bars in. Best sample I've ever had from this machine. This corn is difficult to shell due to dry weather this summer, but it's doing an excellent job. Power consumption may be a little less as well. Lots of weeds have come through but it just eats them up. It should be a monster in beans! Thanks for the tips. David Womack, TN

K 506 Thresh Bars & K4017 Straight Bars

Your company is easy to work with. The rasp bars look to be better and heavier than OEM. Don Shaw Williamsport OH

Rotor Flights

I would like to thank you guys at Kile Mfg. Everything I was told about the rotor flight kit was 100% true and it installed with ease. Turned my 1991 1660 into a wheat eating machine. Rotor ran as smooth as silk in 70 bushel wheat that was nearly all on the ground due to flooding rains. I can't wait to put this machine in some green stem soybeans in the fall! I think it will really show it's worth then. Thanks again. Clint Culver Chelsea, OK

Rotor Flights

I thought long and hard about trading up to replace our 1988 CIH 1680 combine but decided to have the dealer go through it and repair/replace worn parts. Long story short...I put the Kile® Rotor Flights on the standard rotor when the rotor was out of the machine. What a huge difference in the way material flows through the machine. Am able to start earlier and work later with no hammering. I can hear the material going through the grates/disrupters but that's it! I then had a sieve problem so the dealer loaned me a 1999 2388 to finish beans while the 1680 was in the shop. A nice machine but I couldn't do any more acres nor unload on the go without slowing way down. I'm sure the chopper pulls a lot of HP but...the same head and the same field...1680 (with IH engine) could outrun the 2388. When I do eventually trade machines, I'll make sure it has the Kile kit in it or it will be installed before it goes to the field. A great product! Leon Oleson Shabbona, IL

Kile®Clear View® Caps:

I have several sets of Kile Caps on John Deere's, Case IH and a Challenger tractors. I had service done on my 9620T JD and one of the service items was replacing a roller due to the rubber chucking off. The tractor had a complete Kile Cap Kit on it, which we inspect daily while we grease the tractor & equipment, so we knew no oil leaks were present. So the mechanic changed the bad bolt on the roller with a new style, which has a rolled up edge on it. Prior to leaving the dealership, we inspected the undercarriage, as a habit, and I noticed that one roller is low of oil and told the service manager that the mechanic forgot on the roller, no big deal. I went to lunch and they refilled it with oil and, it was low, again; so again I inquired with the service manager about it and he had personally refilled that roller with oil. We both inspected the track and no oil had leaked onto the track, then we checked the new roller and the oil had, in fact, leaked out into the roller but had not spilled out on the track and likely never would have noticed it either. Without the Kile caps the damage from changing the bad roller, not field damage, would have occurred on the undercarriage, likely into the thousands of dollars and lost use of time on a high use tractor. Scott Steinberger, Kenmare, ND

Clear View® Caps:

Just an update. We have run one full season with your caps on our 9420T. Very impressed. It makes checking the tractor a snap. In the fall we had a seal go on one of the inside mid rollers. Without the cap we probably would have missed it. We were able to keep it topped up with oil and finish the season with little to no bearing damage. Thanks for the product. Jordan Sawchuk, Neepawa MB

Rotor Flights & Fertilizer Points:

I had a 1470 that we installed the KRF® 60 series in, then I bought, from my brother, a 2388 which already had been updated with the KRF®80 kit. What a difference the KRF®'s made in both combines, to fuel consumption decrease, threshing consistency and the governor spring lasts forever. NO MORE LURCHING! Now you are solving my fertilizing issues. We fertilized 700 acres with two international chisels. My chisel, with the old style shanks, had 22-25 plugged hoses during that time. My brothers, with your double shooter shank tip, never plugged once. Mark James WA

KXF® Flights and Thresh Bars:

I cannot believe the difference a few changes to a combine can make. I have complained about my AFX rotor in my 2188 for years. When I traded for an '05 2388, I did not see any difference. When combining corn, the combine always felt like it was bottled up. After doing some research and talking to you, Ron, I found out that the Kile Flights, with the row zero K 522 rotor transition bars, helped bring the corn deeper into the rotor. I installed the KXF88 and K506 rasp bars before harvest. Our first field of corn was 18% moisture and averaged 200 bu/ac. This is the most fun I have had combining corn in a long time. I could travel 4-5mph, dump on the go and not have the low rpm buzzer go off. Before, in the same circumstances, I was pulling back on the hydro lever in order to make the buzzer shut off. The machine seems so much quieter now and the corn flows thru the combine like water. I used to have a 50 rpm drop on the rotor speed, between a no load and loaded rotor. Now, the most I have ever seen is 10 rpm of rotor speed. That tells me that the Kile Mfg. parts are doing what they are supposed to do. I also discovered that my grain sample in the tank is a lot cleaner and looks like the corn just came out of a dryer bin. I will proudly install these parts on the next Axial Flow combine I buy. Thanks to Ron for making a great product that actually works. J.D.Kammin Boone, IA

Rotor Flights

Thank you for convincing me to use your Kile® Rotor Flight®s in my Case IH combine. I have used other products in the past that have promised to do everything, short of curing the common cold to stopping world hunger. So, it was amazing to find a product like yours that actually did all that was promised of it. The term "re-inventing the mousetrap" really applies here. The days of listening to my combine growling, thumping, and shaking like a wet dog when a slug goes through the cylinder are gone. Why I put up with it for all these years when a solution was just around the corner puzzles me. Your product is well built, installed with a minimum amount of fuss, balanced perfectly, and should outlast the machine it was mounted to. As you know I liked it so much that I bought a set for my 2188 also. The real reason I bought a set of your flights was the fact that they just made sense, which is why I make a special effort to track you down at ag shows just to see what new ideas you've come up with to solve some of the issues that we have with our equipment that the manufacturers fail to see. Rick Grauer Sheridan, Oregon

Flights and Transition Plates:

Just a quick note to express my satisfaction with your KRF® rotor flights and transition plates which we installed in our 1688 Axial Flow with specialty rotor. We fitted the flights and transition plates the awkward way, without taking the trunk off which, on hindsight, would have been easier. This has been the most difficult harvest since 1985 with lots of rain and low temperatures, therefore little in the way of drying. In oilseed rape (canola) the new flights fed better, meaning the rotor had a more consistent load placed upon it and less in the way of rotor losses. Spring Barley was similar, meaning better thrashing and less thrown over the back, even at higher moisture, 21%+.....it was in the wheat where the difference was most noticable. Despite only cutting 30 acres at 21% the rest above 28%. Output was unaffected and feeding constant. Spot rates of 48 tonnes/hr were achieved at 28% and average tonnes per hr of 23t/hr loading trailers on the headland. High moisture content causing poor feeding and extra power consumption used to stop us from harvesting, but now (having cut some at 38%) it is the cost of fuel to dry the grain and strain on elevators which stops us. I hope I never see a harvest like this again, but I can safely say that your products made it a swifter and more relaxing harvest. Thanks again, Donald Ross, Scotland

Flights and K506 Thresh Bars:

I have used two of Kile Machine's products. I added the rotor flights to the front of a speciality rotor on a 1660 combine. The difference in the flow of crop through the combine was amazing. It almost totally eliminated any rotor growl in grassy or green stem soybeans. I would recommend the flights for any rotor. I replaced the 1660 with a 2388 in 2010. It needed new rasp bars. I had always been unhappy with the specialty rotor threshing corn. I had always felt that it was cracking too much corn. I decided to try the 506 thrash bar instead of the CIH bar. The 506 bar is a heavier bar and has a larger contact surface with the concaves. I am well pleased with the 506 bar and believe it has significantly reduced the cracking of corn. I will be adding the rotor flights to the front of the 2388 when I need to replace the elephant ears. I am well pleased with the products from Kile Mfg.  Bob Beckett, Stella, NE

Thresh Bars and Rotor Flights®:

I had been running a standard rotor in my 1480. A couple of years ago I put Kile® Rotor Flights® on it. The Kile® Rotor Flight®s improved the feed in tough stemmed soybeans, but the rotor still used more power than I thought it should even in corn. I talked to Ron about his new threshing bars for specialty and AFX rotors. I was sold on the design so I bought a used specialty rotor and put Kile Rotor Flights and K 506 Bars on it. I never had soybeans rope on the rotor, in fact I could seldom hear them going through. In past years in good corn we would run out of power at about 3.0 to 3.3 mph. This year we could run 4.0 mph plus with the cleaning shoe being the limiting factor, not horsepower. I grow food grade soybeans so grain quality is important. I was concerned about having more craked grain, but if anything there is less cracking in both corn and soybeans with the new bars. The Kile Threshing Bars and Rotor Flights are the best investment I have made on my combine. Brad Nexvold, MN

Caps-John Deere 9RT

Nice clear visible line of where the oil is. This helps so I don't have a potential breakdown from unknown oil loss in my roller or idler hubs. Robert Kasowski, Lisbon ND

Crops: Beans and corn:

We put on a set of your rotor flight®s just before harvest, when we got to the field we thought we had the wrong combine!!! Unbelievable the difference in green stem beans. Much quieter even in corn. Best improvement for the money by far. Steve Vigar, Indiana

Crops: Wheat & Rape Seed:

Thank you for the fast and professional delivery of your product. The rotor flight® is a very big improvement on this combine because in this season we had to harvest 150 acres of wheat with 19% humidity (!) and the machine was running and running without rumbling until midnight and later! This would not have been possible with the old elephant ears! We could also harvest rape seed all night long because the rotor flights carry the wet rape stems much faster to the concaves. The conversion kit makes threshing with our 2166 like playing on the field. Now the combine has a bigger throughput of wet material. Best regards from Hannes & Eva Rennhofer Hoebenbach Austria

Crops: Wheat, Canola, Flax, & Peas:

I installed the rotor flight®s in 2009 and grow mainly wheat, canola, flax and peas. The flights definitely reduced the rotor rumble and I'm able to run in tougher conditions without all the rotor growling. Flow through the rotor is much smoother now compared to the old ear design. I didn't remove the feeder to install the rotor flights but I did remove the concaves so it was a 2 man job to install. Not too hard at all. I would definitely recommend the rotor flights. Great company to deal with, very personable and great communication. I was so impressed with the rotor flights that I have just ordered a set of the transition plates. Randy McFadden SK, Canada

Crops: Sorghum, Wheat, Chickpeas, & Barley:

I love the rotor flight®s. It is amazing how quiet the machine runs. No more grumbling. I believe it has dramatically improved the feeding efficiency and harvest efficiency of our header. The flights were simple to install. I also put the rotor transition plates on at the same time and was surprised by how much the originals on the rotor had worn. This has to be one of the easiest cost effective ways to enhance the performance of your header. Matt Mckenzie, Coonamble, Australia

Crop: Rice & Soy beans:

We installed one of your rotor flight® kits on our 1680 for the '08 harvest. The machine ran smoother in rice and soybeans and more than once it would have plugged up if it weren't for the rotor flight® kit (we didn't plug it up at all in rice, which is our main crop) the crop just went right through. I would recommend the kit to anyone. Of all the other kits that I have seen the Kile® Rotor Flight® Kit looks to be the best for the money, ease of installation, and quality. Thanks, Mark Bowers Jonesboro, AR

Crop: Corn & Beans:

I'm really impressed! I cut about 2 acres of beans in the rain the other day just because I could...have never been able to do that before. Also, was very impressed with the quality of your workmanship...nice stuff. I will wholeheartedly recommend them. G. Cameron Brown, Brocton, IL

Crop: Rice:

Your rotor flight®s are all you said and more. We have cut about 500 acres of rice with some lodging (down rice is about as hard on a combine as anything you will find to harvest) we have increased ground speed about 4 tenths mph. This may not sound like much but from 2.3 to 2.7mph is significant with fuel still about $3.50 a gallon. Your product is highly recommended. Michael Riggs, Cash, Arkansas

Primary crop: Corn & Beans:

Thank you for an excellent product! I have a 2388 CIH with a specialty rotor. This has always been a good machine but it never cared to feed green stem soybeans through the transition cone smoothly. Now that I have installed your rotor flights, this combine has never run this smooth in these conditions before. No thumping and banging....the phrase "smooth as silk" comes to mind. Brian Altenderfer, Trenton, MO

Primary crop: Corn & Beans:

Replacing my elephant ears with the Kile® Flights made a huge improvement in harvesting green stem beans. KRF®'s are a real deal! Tom Dague Johnstown, OH

Primary crop: tall fescue:

I have installed your KRF®'s in my 1680 and it can now really push more stuff and it is quieter. I've been able to compare your rotors to the newer AFX equipped machines and the KRF® is easily equivlent. Don Kauer, Hillsboro OR

Primary crop: small cereal grains:

Since installing the Kile® Flights in my 1470 I've noticed more available horsepower and less fuel usage. The crop flows through the machine smoothly with no back feeding. Roy Dube Rosalia, WA

Primary crop: small cereal grains: 

 I run a 2188 combine and this 80 Series purchase was a great value! It has paid for itself. Of all the upgrades I have installed on my combine, this is the one product that made the biggest difference. It has improved feeding, threshing, and was more fuel efficient.Scott Anderson, Reardon WA

Primary crop: small cereal grains:

My 1470 combine didn't growl in the concaves; it was smoother. I believe I used less fuel with this product.Galen Blank, Rosalia, WA

Combine Mechanic Comments:

Jim McMillan, Spokane combine technician: Jim has over 35 years of experience with combines and says, "I like the fact that it just bolted on. It made installation and setting the combine up for threshing simple and easy. A post harvest inspection showed minimal component wear."

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