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7000 corn planter

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02-10-2003 14:50:31

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I am thinking about updating my 1240 plate planter to maybe a 4 row 7000 planter and wanted to know the pros and cons of that planter and what it would take to make it usable for no till. I only plant 70 to 80 acres a year so cant aford anything newer right now. Thanks Bill

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02-13-2003 16:47:59

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 Re: 7000 corn planter in reply to Bill, 02-10-2003 14:50:31  
Thanks to all about the planter advice. I spoke for a 1980 model 7000 4row wide. fert. has never been used and only planted about 500 acres.The retired farmer bought it new. Will be looking for a parts manual for it and possible notill setup for it. Thanks Bill

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Heat Houser

02-12-2003 18:05:31

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 Re: 7000 corn planter in reply to Bill, 02-10-2003 14:50:31  
I have two friends that have JD 7000 four row wide planters that they would like to sell.
One has liquid fert. and the other dry.
I think they are asking $2000 but I don't know if they will budge from that figure but suspect that they will. Located in NE Iowa.
Both have gone to 30 inch rows and now need to sell these units.

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02-10-2003 21:12:25

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 Re: 7000 corn planter in reply to Bill, 02-10-2003 14:50:31  
John Deere 7000 4 row planters bring between $600 and $1500 in Iowa. The $1500 price would be for a very good planter with fertilizer where there are competitive bidders. $600 would be for one at a farm sale in the middle of the summer with no attachments... might be a little rough too. Dealers often ask between $1000 and $2000 for a 4 row machine. They are an excellent planter. I no-till all of my corn into bean ground and all of my beans in to corn ground with one. Mine has the coulters mounted on the main frame which Deere actually called the min-till coulter. These generally bring a little less than the row unit mounted coulters. I do believe one advantage of the row unit coulter is having a more uniform cutting depth for the no-till coulter. That way the seed doesn't drop into a deep slot cut by the coulter ... especially settling into the slot after rains. I equipped my planter with additional row units for beans. I plant 7 - 19 inch rows for beans with my 4 row 38 inch planter. Have a dry fertilizer drop with a double disk opener for each bean row. Works great. Bought another 7000 which I am moving to 30" corn. This one will plant corn and the other just beans now. All of the 7000's can plant no-till with the coulters. There were a few 7000's called "Conservation Tillage" planters right on the tongue. They had a 7" by 7" main frame rather than the 5" by 7" frame. Also maybe a heavier monitor wiring harness and some plastic under the seed hopper to keep trash from causing problems. These always came with heavy down pressure springs and row unit coulters. Expect to pay more money for one of these planters. Some plant corn right into bean stubble without the no-till coulters. The double disk opener system on a 7000 really cuts. In fact I no tilled beans into corn stalks without coulters on the three "add on" units with no problems.

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02-10-2003 19:37:42

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 Re: 7000 corn planter in reply to Bill, 02-10-2003 14:50:31  
Cast iron press wheels are well worth the extra cost in no-till. They insure good seed coverage in tough conditions. We have been no-tilling corn and soybeans with our 7000 for over 20 years and are happy with the results.

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02-10-2003 18:17:48

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 Re: 7000 corn planter in reply to Bill, 02-10-2003 14:50:31  
If u are gonna fix your land, u have an excellant plater for fixed land.I wouldn't change a thing.The 7000 Conservation plater is a great planter.There are several here in NC still being used.I work in the parts department at local Deere dealer.U may also look into a 7200 planter being u can get one for a very inexpensive price.

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02-10-2003 17:59:14

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 Re: 7000 corn planter in reply to Bill, 02-10-2003 14:50:31  
Don't know much about the 1240 but every planter here is a 7000 or newer. Most guys are now running 12 or 16 narrow row units. From time to time you still see a 6 row and there are still a few 4 row wide units but they are few and far between. Stood next to a neighbor at a consignment aution 2 years ago while a bought a 4 row unit with no-till and liquid set up for less than $1,000. He has since planted about 2 hundred acres no-till and the only thing he had to do was find a hitch pin to hook it up to his 4020 before using it.

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02-10-2003 16:18:08

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 Re: 7000 corn planter in reply to Bill, 02-10-2003 14:50:31  
The 1240 was the front runner for no-till for JD !
You could get bolt-on coulters to attatch to the front bar of the planter frame. There should be some around if you do some scrounging. Check your operator's manual for options or go to your local JD dealer and have him do computer search for that item. Then have him do a dealer search and see if some old dealer still has some units on his shelves.
If that fails, you could retro-fit a set of no-till coulters from a 7000. Do you have double disc openers on your 1240? That was an option that you would need to take advantage of the coulters.
Anyhow, good luck on whatever you decide.

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02-10-2003 16:04:30

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 Re: 7000 corn planter in reply to Bill, 02-10-2003 14:50:31  
7000 series planter is excellent in normal farming practices, but we do have a few that have updated to a no-till operations, have to install another bar up front for wave style coulter's, also have to install heavey duty down pressure springs, I think they are around 75.00 per row (canadian) if you keep your seed opener's in excellent shape, depending on soil condition's that planter should work for you, not sure of coulter set up price, you can either buy frame coulter's or unit mounted coulter, go to a jd dealer that sells yetter, should work for you allen

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02-10-2003 16:04:25

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 Re: 7000 corn planter in reply to Bill, 02-10-2003 14:50:31  
The 7000 planter is a "conservation planter" we no till with ours all the time.Works better if we put two 55 gallon drums of water on front of the frame to put the opening coulters (our Opening Coulters are attached to the planter units)in the ground. I'm not sure if all 7000's are conservation till or not. Another local farmer purchased Allis Chalmers no till culters and installed them on the front frame rails insted of the planter units, it really works sweet. The nice thing about a 7000 you can still purchase any part you need aftermarket.

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02-10-2003 20:12:39

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 Re: Re: 7000 corn planter in reply to farmuse, 02-10-2003 16:04:25  
Can you use the 7000 to plant smaller grains like sorghum?

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02-10-2003 21:16:12

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 Re: Re: Re: 7000 corn planter in reply to Jim, 02-10-2003 20:12:39  
Of of the top of my head I think you can. Sort of remember seeing that in the manual. I believe you use the cups attached under the seed hopper rather than the finger units used for corn.

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