Originally Posted by lassig
Looking at picking up a small row planter of 2 to 4 rows and having never used one before looking for input. Looking to plant corn, soybeans, chufa, milo, etc. Also No Till is really wanted. Everyone is pointing me to the JD 7000 or 71 flex units. What is the difference between these units, pros, cons, etc. Lets throw in the 7200 unit for arguement
By the size of your tractor the 4 row may be a little much. YOu will likely need hyd. to raise and lower the unit.
The 7000's are nice planters, but many of them are pretty tired. I bought and re-build a 7000 6 row a few years ago. Paid $2700 for the planter and spent likely more than that on parts. I was a bunch of work, but now I have a nice machine. I think the 71 units are only for tilled ground, and some of the 7000's are no-till. Look for a "7000 Conservation"
which means no-till with heavy duty down pressure springs. I only pland corn and beans with mine - switch out the corn meters with radial bean meters...takes about 10 min.
As far as the 7200...I think it's similar to the 7000 with just a few upgrades - maby the closing wheel pressure setting mechanism and depth setting mechanism.
I've no tilled with mine but mostly used it in tilled ground. There are problems with the seed trench getting closed with my current set up so I'm looking into what they call "spaded closing wheels" to prevent this. I've only no tilled corn once (into and old clover field) and it did prettty well. However, I'm usually planting corn into worked ground because I had to incorporate the N.
Here's pics of the one I re-built:
Send me a PM and I'll give ya more details if needed.
As I was looking for planters, I noticed that the ones with fert. attachments were always more rusted out. That's why there are no fert. boxes on the planter.
If you end up with one of the Deere's, Shoup Mfg. is a good place for replacement parts.
With the old planters like a 7000 it's not uncommon to have to replace the bushings on the row units $5, the openers$40, the front coulters$25, gauge wheel arms $70, seed tube and guard $35 and possibly the corn or bean meter itself...about $170. If you are looking at a 4 row planter, multiply these figures X 4 rows.