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Gleaner K Combine Serial Numbers

Gleaner K Combine Serial Numbers: A Complete Guide for Buyers and Sellers

If you are looking for a reliable and versatile combine harvester, you might have come across the Gleaner K series. These combines were produced by the Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company from 1968 to 1978, and they are still popular among farmers today. But how can you tell the year and model of a Gleaner K combine? And what are some tips and tricks for maintaining and repairing these machines? In this article, we will answer these questions and more.


How to Identify a Gleaner K Combine by Serial Number

The serial number of a Gleaner K combine is located on a metal plate on the left side of the machine, near the rear axle. The serial number consists of a letter followed by four or five digits. The letter indicates the model of the combine, while the digits indicate the year and production number. Here is a list of the possible letters and their meanings:

  • K: The original Gleaner K, produced from 1968 to 1971. It had a 238-cubic-inch gasoline engine or a 262-cubic-inch diesel engine, and a 13-foot header.

  • L: The Gleaner L, produced from 1972 to 1978. It had a 292-cubic-inch gasoline engine or a 301-cubic-inch diesel engine, and a 15-foot header.

  • M: The Gleaner M, produced from 1975 to 1978. It had a 292-cubic-inch gasoline engine or a 354-cubic-inch diesel engine, and a 16-foot header.

  • N: The Gleaner N, produced from 1975 to 1978. It had a 354-cubic-inch diesel engine, and a 20-foot header.

The first digit of the serial number indicates the year of production, starting from 1968. For example, a serial number starting with K8 means that the combine was made in 1968, while a serial number starting with L6 means that the combine was made in 1976. The remaining digits indicate the production number within that year. For example, a serial number ending with 1234 means that the combine was the 1234th one made in that year.

Here are some examples of Gleaner K combine serial numbers and their meanings:

Serial NumberModelYearProduction Number

K81234Gleaner K19681234

L61235Gleaner L19761235

M71567Gleaner M19771567

N71890Gleaner N19771890

Tips and Tricks for Maintenance and Repair of Gleaner K Combines

Gleaner K combines are known for their durability and performance, but they also require regular maintenance and repair to keep them in good shape. Here are some tips and tricks for taking care of your Gleaner K combine:

  • Check the oil level, air filter, fuel filter, belts, hoses, tires, and lights before each use. Replace or repair any worn or damaged parts as soon as possible.

  • Lubricate all moving parts according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Use high-quality grease and oil that are suitable for your climate and operating conditions.

  • Clean the radiator, condenser, and air intake regularly to prevent overheating and dust accumulation. Use compressed air or water to remove any debris.

  • Adjust the header height, reel speed, cylinder speed, concave clearance, fan speed, and sieve settings according to the crop type and condition. Refer to the operator's manual or online resources for optimal settings.

  • Sharpen the cutter bar and sickle sections periodically to ensure a smooth and even cut. Replace any broken or missing sections as soon as possible.

  • Inspect the threshing and separating components for wear and damage. Replace or repair any worn or damaged parts as soon as possible.

  • Calibrate the grain loss monitor and yield monitor regularly to ensure accurate readings. Use test weights or scales to verify the results.

  • Store the combine in a dry and covered place when not in use. Cover the exhaust pipe and air intake to prevent moisture and rodents from entering.


Gleaner K combines are among the most popular and reliable combine harvesters in the market. By knowing how to identify them by serial number, you can find out the year and model of your machine, which can help you in buying or selling them. By following some simple tips and tricks for maintenance and repair, you can also extend the life and performance of your machine. If you need more information or assistance, you can contact your local Gleaner dealer or visit their website.


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