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    does anybody know the purpose of a spring loaded front wheel about the same size as the drive wheel in the back just received a planter this one has a front wheel all the pictures do not show a front wheel any idea where I can buy a extra hopper and parts? this is a one row

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    Default Re: john deere 71 planters

    Quote Originally Posted by bob c
    does anybody know the purpose of a spring loaded front wheel about the same size as the drive wheel in the back just received a planter this one has a front wheel all the pictures do not show a front wheel any idea where I can buy a extra hopper and parts? this is a one row
    It's a gauge wheel. #71 units are "flex planters" usually mounted on a tool bar and built to float or flex with irregularities in the seed bed. The gauge wheel allows the planter to be positioned where the travel of the flex frame is about mid-movement. (allowing up and down travel) The gauge wheel keeps the planter from operating too deep relative to the surface of the seedbed.
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    Default Re: john deere 71 planters

    Large rubber front wheel also serves to pack a firm seedbed.
    This is still a current-model planter so parts are avail from JD. Bring your wallet.
    Zillions of used around as well and the hoppers fit others so used should not be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob c View Post
    any idea where I can buy a extra hopper and parts? this is a one row
    The Flex 71s are a great reliable planter of rather simple desgin and such a workhorse that Yetter bought the rights to continue production of them.

    Though different in appearance the parts interchange.

    71 Series Planter Unit

    Back in the 1970s and early 1980s I had six units that I planted milo with. I found the Flex 71 to be very accurate. I used both the Acra-plant runner openers and the double disc openers at different times to see which worked best for my residue conditions.

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    I'm sure you will enjoy working with your units. Don't try any sharp tuns with the unit down as you can snap the aluminum housing. I have slid on a few terraces and know about that. A welded unit works fine.

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