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    Default 2 row planter

    dumb question, but....

    have a MF 1533. I believe outside measurement on tires is 60"...looking to plant corn (and maybe a few other things with other plates) mainly. Would a 2-row work on our set up? I'm guessing I should be asking if you run the planter in the tire tracks, that's obviously not the way it is designed, but will it work reasonably well? For most part, corn would be for food plot.
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    Default Re: 2 row planter

    The general rule of thumb is to keep your planter rows out of the wheel tracks if possible. If your tractor is 60" wide and assuming you have 16" wide tires, that leaves 28" between the tires. 22" rows would be possible if you are dead-set on a standard row spacing. I run my rows at 26" to fit my tractor. Everything I plant is either harvested by hand or by the deer, so I don't have to worry about matching a combine header.

    Most 2-rows are cut-down from larger planters or custom built. Adjusting row spacing should not be too tough. I built my 2-row from White 5100 row units and I can change the spacing from 22" to 36" in a matter of an hour or two if need be.

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    Default Re: 2 row planter

    Yea, won't be doing much combine stuff...lol

    Some of the older planters I've seen (online) didn't look like you could adjust them.

    Thanks for the help.
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    Default Re: 2 row planter

    Quote Originally Posted by schoolsout View Post
    dumb question, but....

    have a MF 1533. I believe outside measurement on tires is 60"...looking to plant corn (and maybe a few other things with other plates) mainly. Would a 2-row work on our set up? I'm guessing I should be asking if you run the planter in the tire tracks, that's obviously not the way it is designed, but will it work reasonably well? For most part, corn would be for food plot.
    I had a MF1533 and used a JD71 two row planter and the rows were set at 28". When I would make the next pass I always lined up my front tire to to cover up half of the tiretrack I just left on the prior pass, which would keep the prior row 28" from the row that I was now planting. The rows were never planted in the tire tracks unless I put in some headrows and then you are only going across the tiretrack(about 16"). The planter is set up now at 30" rows for my 1643, which I believe would work with your 1533. A two row planter would have a hard time planting in a tire track, I don't think there is enough weight to get the seed cut in...at least not in my clay soil.
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    I would not to plant in tire tracks. Most planters are adjustable. You could get a third and do three row planting or set up for one row. Can you adjust you track width? These may things you don't want to do, but I'm just throwing it out there. Some of the best food plots I ever saw had tractor width spacing between corn rows with buck oats planted in between. Nice, when ole mule headed doe thinks she hid.

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    To solve this problem, setup the tractor. Farmers take the right rear tire off and put on the left rear. Also reverse the dish on the front tires/rims. Real simple solution and cost is zero. Ken Sweet
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    Default Re: 2 row planter

    Quote Originally Posted by sweettractors View Post
    To solve this problem, setup the tractor. Farmers take the right rear tire off and put on the left rear. Also reverse the dish on the front tires/rims. Real simple solution and cost is zero. Ken Sweet
    I really want that sweet MF planter you have....that was the catalyst for this question. That, and I've now been looking at JD 71 planters. If you can put together a nice 2 row JD 71 unit, I'd be interested. Rather have something that fertilizes at same time, but heard nothing but good things about them.
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    Default Re: 2 row planter

    RF, that's what I'm thinking. It's really sandy topsoil here, though. Clay 12" down or so...We're not even ready for a planter, but I guess you can say I'm in that mode of buying stuff I don't really need at the moment but will very soon.....hopefully.
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