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J D 1240 planter

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07-21-2013 13:38:38

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Is this a good planter for planting corn and beans. can you get parts.

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07-22-2013 20:06:17

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 Re: J D 1240 planter in reply to wanabefarmer, 07-21-2013 13:38:38  
Hi Wannabe,

I concur with both Leroy and Jon. If it's a plate, we had one of the old 494As which was a real classic and basically the same planter as the 1240. We then went up to a Model 80 Unit Planter, which is a finger-pickup and basically the same as the 1240 plateless. I love it, and still run it concurrently in the same fields with much newer planters. I find that the metering on the bean cups is a bit less precise than that of the corn, with an occasional skip or double, but it is a bullet-proof old planter for both crops. The planter also offers an impressive range of planting densities through a variety of driver/driven gear configurations.

Some parts...like the stainless wear bands and driver/driven gears...are still available directly through JD. Unfortunately some of the more major parts are now obsolete, and I'm looking for some new seed boxes right now myself under a different post.

How many unit/gangs does it have? Fertilizer or insecticide boxes?


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07-22-2013 05:47:31

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 Re: J D 1240 planter in reply to wanabefarmer, 07-21-2013 13:38:38  
Is it the plate version or the plateless version? The plate version is virtiully identical to the 494A and uses the same seed box parts that were used fron in the 30's up to the 7000 series so there are a lot out there. What Jon is refering to is the plateless units that I know nothing about. You do need a good worked seedbed (like you would want for a garden) though and with that if properly prepaired it will be smooth and level enough the seed depth will stay as even as the later ones that most seem to think place the seed at a more even depth.

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jon f mn

07-21-2013 17:30:05

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 Re: J D 1240 planter in reply to wanabefarmer, 07-21-2013 13:38:38  
I planted MANY acres with one. Dad had one on the farm too for many years. Parts should be no problem. The finger units work good but replacing those stainless bands can be a pain. Depth control isn't as good as the 7000 series, but as good as any of the other planters of the vintage.

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