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J.D. 7200 corn planter

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Paul swPa

02-13-2020 21:24:54

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Is there any benefit of going from a 7000 conservation planter to a 7200? Neighbor has a pretty nice looking 7200 for sale and has me thinking about it. Wants a little more than I thought he would for it. Just don't know if it would be worth spending the $. It has the finger pickup meters like our 7000 has. Any thoughts? Thanks Paul

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Paul swPa

02-14-2020 21:12:39

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 Re: J.D. 7200 corn planter in reply to Paul swPa, 02-13-2020 21:24:54  
Thanks guys for the input. Will probably have to go check it out as it is "in the neighborhood", not very far away. Older fellow has it and has quit planting the last few years. Renting out his crop ground and just making hay for some beef and other critters he has.

Our 7000 conservation planter has had precision meter upgrade(?), clutch rebuilt, those bushing Lon mentioned replaced, among other normal repairs. It could stand to have the gauge wheel arms re-bushed, and needs the dry fertilizer boxes patched a couple places. Other than that I think it is in pretty good condition, so spending the money to just have a newer model wouldn't make much sense. I'm not doing hundreds of acres either, just a little guy. The biggest thing on this 7200 planter is that it has row cleaners on it. Something I have been thinking of doing, but are a little pricey I think for us to add to the 7000. Paul

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NY 986

02-14-2020 17:59:05

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 Re: J.D. 7200 corn planter in reply to Paul swPa, 02-13-2020 21:24:54  
A couple important features in my mind not yet mentioned are heavier shafts for the primary drive (where the clutch is) and the seed drive. Also nice that the 7200-1750 primary shafts are not one piece so replacing bearings are less of a headache. Spring loaded chain tensioners are a definite improvement. A 7000 planter can be made to work but the later planters have less in season potential issues in my mind.

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02-14-2020 08:06:26

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 Re: J.D. 7200 corn planter in reply to Paul swPa, 02-13-2020 21:24:54  
I have a 7000 4 row we use for beans and a 7200 4 row we use for corn. I like the heavy duty down pressure springs better on the 7200 and I also like the handle adjustments for the closing wheels on the 7200 better than the bolt on the 7000. My planters are both standard frame planters with the rockshaft for the lift. Last night on my local craigslist there was a 1750 4 row conservation planter with dry fertlizer that looked very nice and was priced at $4000.No extra money here right now but that planter had me thinking. Tom

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02-14-2020 05:50:49

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 Re: J.D. 7200 corn planter in reply to Paul swPa, 02-13-2020 21:24:54  
In my opinion, the biggest advantages the 7200 has over the 7000 are: 1) enclosed drive clutch, 2) closing wheel down pressure is easier to adjust due to there being a lever on the 7200 closing wheel bracket, and 3) roller chain drives. We plant corn with a 7000 and soybeans with a 7200. Both are great planters if wear parts are kept up. The 7200 has mostly metric fasteners. 7200s were built with either 5x7 frames or 7x7. The lighter ones had a rockshaft-style lift, whereas the heavier-framed ones had lift cylinders at each wheel module. If it has the 7x7 frame, check the bushings where each wheel module pivots with the main frame. If the bushings are worn through, the frame brackets get egged out and are harder to fix. Closing wheels on a 7200 are held on with a nut vs the roll pin style of the 7000. Our 7200 has rotary disc scrapers, which I think are a small improvement over the flat metal ones on the 7000. The 7000 conservation may have just as many features that the 7x7 7200 has, but I haven't been around a heavy 7000.

Good luck,

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