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    Default Old John Deere Planters

    Hey guys...newbie here.

    Bought a peach orchard and going to grow some other crops. There were two old John deere planters there. Have gotten them working and in fact EVERY grease fitting greased...they are in really good shape...they are ugly...but maybe I'll fix that soon. Wondering if anyone knows anything about these...history, years produced, crops able to be planted with them...anything. Even the old flat chains are in good shape. One question I have is the big VEE in the front of them. I have never seen that before...but they look factory. Anyone have any ideas?? I'm going to plant purple hulls with them....what about a plate?? I think I have a corn and soybean plate...any ideas?? They seem a bit big for purple hulls.

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    Thanks guys!! Great site!

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    Default Re: Old John Deere Planters

    Nice pic's !
    Just wait till some of the "oldtimers" around here wake up from their naps they'll know what model those are !
    And what was used in-em.
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    Default Re: Old John Deere Planters

    I don't know what model they are, but you can get plates at Lincoln ag, online.

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    Default Re: Old John Deere Planters

    looks like a model 51 from lookin at the hoppers on it or maybe a 23-C. I bet Mr. Ken Sweet would know for sure

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    I don't know the model number ... NICE find. I am confussed about the pipe or pole? How does it hook to the tractor? Maybe they are supposed to be "two Row" ?
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    Default Re: Old John Deere Planters

    Quote Originally Posted by luckyme2010 View Post
    looks like a model 51 from lookin at the hoppers on it or maybe a 23-C. I bet Mr. Ken Sweet would know for sure
    That one has me stumped. I have not seen that model before. Ken Sweet
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    Default Re: Old John Deere Planters

    WOW...didn't mean to stump anyone! lol. I do not know how they attached...but I'm going to utilize their design. I have an old three point that I'm going to weld some pipe in so I can slide these in and put a pin through. Will put them at 36, 42, and 48". They are in really good shape (mechanically) and are extremely smooth. I have wire brushed and cleaned up everything since those pics. They are complete and I know where there are two more I think I can get my hands on. I think the plates are what I have seen as lustren. I see alot of them on ebay. I also have an extra set of sprokets that attach to the packer wheel, they have a higher number of teeth which would speed up the planter. I am going to have to fab up some tubes. They are rotted at the bottom. Going to go with a rubber type hose I figure. Hope to plant peas with them in the near future. Hope someone can chime in on them. If you can think of another angle we could take some pics of that might help let me know. Those were with a students cell phone. Thats in our Agri Shop. I'm an FFA advisor.

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    Default Re: Old John Deere Planters

    The vee in front of the shoe looks like a lister of some kind or another. Go here, John Deere - Parts Catalog and look at some of the parts breakdown to help ID it. As far as the plates, measure the size of your seed to the closest 64th inch. Then go here Lincoln Ag Products and troll the different plates. Sizes for the cells are listed, find the plate with the cell size that best matches your seed size, then keep an eye on ebay for a better price. I believe the extra gears are to set the population/spacing of your seed placing. Wouldn't more teeth require a bigger gear = slower planter turning? Post back when you find out what it is. Inquiring minds want to know. HTH. Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Briar Hill Brittanys View Post
    I believe the extra gears are to set the population/spacing of your seed placing. Wouldn't more teeth require a bigger gear = slower planter turning? Post back when you find out what it is. Inquiring minds want to know. HTH. Mark
    My 2 row JD #246 has the extra gears and I believe you are right. My manual has a chart for the selection of the gears to determine spacing, the gears slide on the Jackshaft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyme2010 View Post
    looks like a model 51 from lookin at the hoppers on it or maybe a 23-C. I bet Mr. Ken Sweet would know for sure
    I think you may be right ... JD Parts shows the 51 to be real close, looks like it actualy mounts to a toolbar.

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