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#1 JD DANNELS OFFLINE  

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Posted July 26, 2013 - 12:05 PM

I have said several times I'm working towards a Truck/ Market Garden when I retire.

And am trying to accumulate the implements before I retire.

I would like to set up a planter that could be used with either my compact or possibly  the GT.

Had a friend years ago who pulled a two row JD model70 with a 317, so am sure it can be done.

I know the 70/71 John Deere planter units work well for that. But since they do are in great demand.

What other planters from other makers would be a good option?  I don't know the brands and model numbers to look for.

I'm thinking of planting Sweet Corn, a Variety of Beans, melons ,Pumpkins and squash.


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Posted July 26, 2013 - 12:16 PM

We used a Massey Feeguson unit like this while I was growing up.
A reliable, easy to set up unit. Make sure you get the plates with it that you may want, as they may be harder to find.

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Posted July 26, 2013 - 12:20 PM

Allis Chalmers also had good plate planters.  Even used planters are pricey, so you might be better off just to buy a new unit like this ONE.


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Posted July 26, 2013 - 12:32 PM

We used a Massey Feeguson unit like this while I was growing up.
A reliable, easy to set up unit. Make sure you get the plates with it that you may want, as they may be harder to find.

Isn't the unit on the pic to big for a GT and I don't know the size from Dannels compact.


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Posted July 26, 2013 - 12:34 PM

I'll ask my friend in Il about one' His dad use to have an old 2 row JD pull typt planter setting in the back of his old barn but has since passed away. Since they still have the place it might still be there. I'll let you know.

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Posted July 26, 2013 - 12:35 PM

Allis Chalmers also had good plate planters.  Even used planters are pricey, so you might be better off just to buy a new unit like this ONE.

You May be right Daniel?  These things were just sitting around being too small for todays farmers for a long time.

Then the guys planting food plots for deer started snatching them up and prices have skyrocketed.

 

An Allis would be a possibility I know that an adaper is available for them that allows the use of JD Plates.


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Posted July 26, 2013 - 12:44 PM



Isn't the unit on the pic to big for a GT and I don't know the size from Dannels compact.

That's a good question Wolfgang. The way the planting unit mounts to a toolbar they can be adapted. I have seen several guys mount a single unit to a Garden Tractor and even set up for a sleeve hitch. If the ground it tilled properly I think it would do fine.
Now one might get into trouble in No Till Ground where no tilliage is done before planting?

But I avoid as many chemicals as possible, so would not be doing any no-til.
Years ago I had a friend(since 8th grade) who pulled a pull type 2 row JD Model 70 planter with a 317 JD garden tractor growing sweet corn. I am sure I could run two rows with the Ford or pull one easily enough with my JD 318.

 

I do have a Category 1 3 point on the Ford and that unit would be a  simple matter of matching the plates to the seed and do the job.


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Posted July 26, 2013 - 12:58 PM

We used a Massey Feeguson unit like this while I was growing up.
A reliable, easy to set up unit. Make sure you get the plates with it that you may want, as they may be harder to find.

What model is that? I will check the Lincoln Plate site and see if they make plates for it.


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Posted July 26, 2013 - 03:30 PM

I think that pic is of a 39. They made quite a few different models, (cant remember the # of the one we had last)might want to look around and see what's still out there in your neck of the woods.

The planters are not light and after you pick them up, turning might be a challenge without some front weight
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Posted July 26, 2013 - 06:13 PM

What erks me is that several years ago, before I caught GT fever real bad, we had some spare planter units for our Allis Chalmers planter we had back then.  Sold the planter & ended up hauling the extra units to the scrapper!  I could kick myself but good if I were just flexible enough!


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Posted July 26, 2013 - 07:54 PM

What erks me is that several years ago, before I caught GT fever real bad, we had some spare planter units for our Allis Chalmers planter we had back then. Sold the planter & ended up hauling the extra units to the scrapper! I could kick myself but good if I were just flexible enough!

yeah Daniel, Who woulda thunk there would be Hobby Farmers like me, making the stuff that was too small for a serious farmer in high demand and commanding the prices that are insane.?
BTW what model AC did you have?

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Posted July 26, 2013 - 08:02 PM

I think that pic is of a 39. They made quite a few different models, (cant remember the # of the one we had last)might want to look around and see what's still out there in your neck of the woods.
The planters are not light and after you pick them up, turning might be a challenge without some front weight


Yeah adding weight might be a thing I would have to consider? I only have 3 33lb weights on the ford at this time.
There is room for 1 more. Or I could get some of the big weights.
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Posted July 26, 2013 - 08:44 PM

 
BTW what model AC did you have?

 

I can't remember the model, but it looked like this one below, only a 4 row.  Units were identical to this pic I pulled off the net.

 

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Posted July 26, 2013 - 08:53 PM

you know I am about half tempted to buy a 4 row, sell off a couple units and let the other guy pay for mine.
From what i have seen so far two unit machines cost as much as 4.
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Posted July 26, 2013 - 09:21 PM

http://rdhoutdoors.c...1_Planters.html


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