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JD 7100 Planter & JD 7300 Planter Comparison
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SweetHomeAlabama
Posted 9/18/2011 23:57 (#1968672)
Subject: JD 7100 Planter & JD 7300 Planter Comparison


No experience with these planters and needing to learn the key points to inspect when purchasing. How are these planters?? Pros and Cons?? What do you need to look for to determine if it is in good operationg condition or something that needs work or something you just need to leave alone???

Both planters are on a rigid toolbar

JD 7100 8 row on 30 inch spacing, seed & fungicide hoppers , row cleaner, no till kit. What would this planter be worth depending on different kinds of condition??

JD 7300 Vacum 8 row on 38 inch spacing, seed & fungicide hoppers , in furrow spray attachment kit. What would this planter be worth depending on different kinds of condition??

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AR Plowboy
Posted 9/19/2011 10:16 (#1969007 - in reply to #1968672)
Subject: Re: JD 7100 Planter & JD 7300 Planter Comparison



East Central Arkansas
You probably need to check the parallel linkage on the units for wear at the pivot points. I know on the 7300 JD used a hard bushing that wore the linkage and the bolts instead of the bushing wearing. I rebuilt mine last winter with oversized bushings. Perkins Sales in Bernie Missouri has those oversized bushings and the bolts. I redrilled the holes with a 1 1/8 bit.
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Gerald J.
Posted 9/19/2011 13:21 (#1969193 - in reply to #1968672)
Subject: Re: JD 7100 Planter & JD 7300 Planter Comparison



These use the exact same planter units as the 7000 and 7200. The difference between a 7000 and 7100 is the 7000 is a pulled behind frame and bar, and the 7100 is three point. Ditto the difference between and 7100 and a 7300.

The 7000/7100 is a good planter, but can be worn. Look for side wiggle on the gauge wheels and the tail piece. They are fixable and will produce a good approximation to a picket fence stand. The 7200/7300 offer the choice of vacuum meters or finger meters and are decent planters for most users. Shoup and others have aftermarket parts for both series of planters. An older planter can need chains, sprockets, and bearings for the drive shafts. But they are all available.

I own a 7000. Wide (12 row and up) 7000 drive clutches have a penchant for slipping occasionally. The clutch from a 7200 fits and solves the problem. My 4 row 7000 hasn't shown that problem and I can't tell that the clutch from the same sized 7200 is different.

Gerald J.
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SweetHomeAlabama
Posted 9/20/2011 00:14 (#1970274 - in reply to #1969193)
Subject: Re: JD 7100 Planter & JD 7300 Planter Comparison


From what I understand from your comments sounds like the 7100 in good working condition may be a better planter than the 7300 Vacum. Is this correct or have I misunderstood your reply.
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Gerald J.
Posted 9/20/2011 00:32 (#1970300 - in reply to #1970274)
Subject: Re: JD 7100 Planter & JD 7300 Planter Comparison



I like my 7000. I wouldn't spend money on a 7200. Others would prefer the 7200 vacuum meter to the finger meter that takes more adjusting and care to keep it working well. The 7000/7100 is no slouch of a planter. Its good. There are others as good and some are slightly better or handier with center fill but they are far more costly and big.

Remember the 7000 can be 35 years old and parts like the finger meter, the seed tubes, the chains, sprockets, and especially the gauge wheel arms and tail piece do wear though all those parts are available from Deere, Shoup, Sloan Express and likely several other places, including RK Products who specializes in Deere planter parts that they make for repairing the gauge wheel arms and the tail piece. A 7200 will not be as old, but has many of the same wear parts but not exactly interchangeable with the 7000 parts.

Where I used to live the next neighbor west had a 7200 planter and seemed like it was missing getting seed to the ground when starting a new variety in a demo plot and the outside row along the fence had gaps the whole half mile. That outside row problem may have come from trying to plant beyond where he had tilled, though my 7000 with a plow coulter on the fertilizer bar (used for liquid fertilizer for corn and for cutting bean straw or for cutting corn stover) and Dawn Trash Whippers planted no till quite well for me. Slicing the straw or corn stover makes it easier for the trash whippers to spread the ground cover.

Gerald J.
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