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What year is my John Deere model B grain drill?

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09-13-2020 21:03:00

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I recently purchased a John Deere model B, 14 X 7 grain drill. It uses a hydraulic cylinder to engage and disengage the planting. It also has 15 inch rubber tires. I was told it sat in a barn in Missouri for over 20 years. Can anyone tell me how old it may be or even what years it was built? Thanks for any information!

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david from kansas

09-14-2020 07:18:06

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 Re: What year is my John Deere model B grain drill? in reply to Littlefarmboy, 09-13-2020 21:03:00  
Have a 1951 model and know it is a 1951 because the farmer I got it from told me he bought it new in 1951. It has the ground lift but I understand the hydraulic lift was an option in those days. Also had the chilled steel bearings but I later converted them the the later bearing style. It does not have an alfalfa/grass seeder on it, just a plain galvanized grain box. It is 20x8 and I think the tire size is 6.50x16.

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Tx Jim

09-14-2020 03:39:34

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 Re: What year is my John Deere model B grain drill? in reply to Littlefarmboy, 09-13-2020 21:03:00  
Model B drills were built from 1946-mid 60's.

Wheels with 5 bolt pattern were utilized through 1951. After 1951 6 bolt wheels were utilized. Type of lift was determined by dealer or purchasing customer. Do you see any parts casting # on seed boots or any other cast type parts such as disk pressure rod swivels? Do you see white iron type or anti-friction brgs bearings on the disks?
I remember assembling JD grain drills especially model
"B" when they were new. The grain agitator shaft & drive gears were challenging to install.

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wore out

09-13-2020 21:36:06

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 Re: What year is my John Deere model B grain drill? in reply to Littlefarmboy, 09-13-2020 21:03:00  

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