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#1 Greasy6020 ONLINE  

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Posted March 23, 2016 - 11:05 AM

My dad has a category 1 3 point hitch john deere 71 corn planter. He said that I could adapt it to category 0 by changing the pins and possibly adjusting the width of the hitch mount on the planter. I will be adjusting the planter unit 48" rows.

The planter weighs something around 300 pounds. Will a John Deere 300 lift it with the hoppers 1/4 full? Will it have enough hp to run it in tilled ground?

The ground is either clay or sandy clay where I will be planting. I may end up extending the garden onto a hill.

I think I might need to find a solution to stability and flotation, my idea is either flipping the rims around for stability or adding duals. The duals will be put on for planting and taken off for planting.

I fully understand that duals or flipping rims around can and will put additional stress on the axle and other transaxle components. I feel if it is only done for planting I might be able to get away with it. Planting will be done on tilled ground so it won't be rough or bumpy.

I will probably also take this setup to the local plowing match to show off.

Open invitation to the plowing match. Pm for details.

Edited by Greasy6020, March 23, 2016 - 11:10 AM.


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Posted March 23, 2016 - 11:32 AM

The JD 300 can be run with the wheels in the wide position. I think that is the standard setup. Width is about 42 inches that way. 300 lbs for the attachment alone is a lot of weight on the back of a 750lb tractor.I'm not sure it would lift that much. especially if the attachment weight is a ways out from the lift pins, but you will certainly have trouble keeping the front end on the ground. Anyone here know the lift specs for the 3 point hitch? Another issue is that you may not have enough lift height to lift a full size cat 1 implement off the ground.


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Posted March 23, 2016 - 11:57 AM

How many row units are on that planter? I have seen single row units mounted on 300 series and even on 200 series. I had a friend who pulled 2 rows with a 317 but that was supported with a wheel frame.
Like Brian I think more than one row unit would be a load on a 300, especially if your running on hills.
By the time you ran enough weight on the front to hold it down. I think you could plant faster with one unit, making two passes. I have a Ford 1500, that weighs a little over 2000 lbs. With 2 70 lb weights on the rear and 3 33 lb weights on the front. My tiller weighs around 450 lbs. and on my hills it can make the front end light and need the steering brakes to turn. I would be satisfied with one 71 unit mounted on my Ford.

Edited by JD DANNELS, March 23, 2016 - 11:59 AM.


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Posted March 23, 2016 - 04:13 PM

How many row units are on that planter? I have seen single row units mounted on 300 series and even on 200 series. I had a friend who pulled 2 rows with a 317 but that was supported with a wheel frame.
Like Brian I think more than one row unit would be a load on a 300, especially if your running on hills.
By the time you ran enough weight on the front to hold it down. I think you could plant faster with one unit, making two passes. I have a Ford 1500, that weighs a little over 2000 lbs. With 2 70 lb weights on the rear and 3 33 lb weights on the front. My tiller weighs around 450 lbs. and on my hills it can make the front end light and need the steering brakes to turn. I would be satisfied with one 71 unit mounted on my Ford.


2 row units is the plan

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Posted March 23, 2016 - 05:38 PM

I pulled a single row planter off of a full size 4-row A C planter and welded up a 3-point hitch for it, and it works fine.  I haven't tried it on my John Deere yet, but it worked ok on the 4020 Ingersoll tractor.  I think a 2-row planter would have been too much weight.

 

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Edited by Delmar, March 23, 2016 - 05:42 PM.

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Posted March 23, 2016 - 05:42 PM

A two row will be too heavy for a 300, I believe it would be pushing it for a 400, 420 or 430.
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