Posted 2/16/2012 02:17 (#2231619 - in reply to #2231589) Subject: Re: JD 7300 Vacum Planter
Looks like a rebuilder. Looking like it more then likely needs new openers, scrapers, new rollers, new chain, insecticide boxes need rebuilding, vac hoses are probably brittle, also needs depth wheel tires. I would not be interested in that planter unless it is really cheap like in the 1500-3500 range. 3500 may be way too much for that jewel.
Posted 2/16/2012 03:08 (#2231624 - in reply to #2231619) Subject: Re: JD 7300 Vacum Planter
Thanks for the info. I am trying to keep from making a costly mistake which can happen when you lack knowledge about a piece of equipment and may also be mislead by seller. Yeah I suspected it needed work but big question was how much it would have to have to make it a dependable planter.. Supposedly was planting a couple of years ago and been setting since. Been weatherized real good LOL !!! That makes it a nicer jewel to start sinking money into. I would have to cut it down to a 4 row to use it and had thoughts of maybe making a 4 row twin row planter out of it. I am with you on the price and think $3500 is way too much for this jewel cause it is gonna need alot of polishing up. Any good idea on cost or experience you have had rebuilding a JD 7300 and waht it would cost per row to rebuild it ????
Posted 2/16/2012 10:35 (#2232072 - in reply to #2231816) Subject: Re: JD 7300 Vacum Planter
You stated basic rebuild would cost 130 per row. If it run into more than basic and really had to rework it thourghly waht would be the highest dollar amount it would cost per row?????
I see you down in the southeastern states. I assume you have knowledge of planter market value and waht is in demand and not in demand. What you think would be a reasonable price to pay for this planter to fix up not knowing waht all needs replaced. If I had to replace pump that is about $500 alone. How can you check a pump to make sure it is good???
Posted 2/16/2012 06:54 (#2231685 - in reply to #2231589) Subject: Re: JD 7300 Vacum Planter
Have had 3 7300 planters this one looks like a dozzey of a project. Ir you want to geta general idea of cost to fix up, get a shoup parts book and start pricing parts( also know there will be parts you cant see without a disasemble). Just togive you an idea we sold our last max 2 vac last year (went to 12 row case) it had vert. fold , markers and went thru every year and brought 7500. IMO id let this one ride and keep shopping,think you would be money and time ahead.
Posted 2/16/2012 07:15 (#2231706 - in reply to #2231589) Subject: Re: JD 7300 Vacum Planter
W. Central MN
You might want to replace the bearings on the drive shafts and check the bushings on the linkage. I would also replace the bearings on the closing wheels and depth wheels. I run a 7300 and am satisfied with the job it does. Make a list of parts and compare local JD dealer and Shoup. Remember that whatever planter you buy will need some parts. If you replace the moving parts that planter should last a long time. I bought a "fixer upper" 7300 and replaced almost every moving part. It has served me well for 7 seasons with very minimal downtime.
Posted 2/16/2012 10:21 (#2232047 - in reply to #2231706) Subject: Re: JD 7300 Vacum Planter
I agree with evryones assessment. This ole boy has been setting out in the weather for a couple of seasons, would be a doozy of a fixer up no matter how well it may have run when parked and probably could be a money pit truth of the matter. Besides a 8 row rigid is not in demand due to transport issues down here in the southeast area of AL and GA Most everyone is seeeking a vertical or stack fold planter. It has no seed monitor !!!! and no telling what else that is hidden which needs replaced that you cant not see from the outside.
I am asking for advice of wisdom on value $$$ worth of this planter as a starter up for small acres 50 +/-.
I would like to ask for everyones input / opinion on waht they would pay for this planter in as is condition and have to start working on it and sinking money into it???
Another approach is waht would this ole planter bring in good working condition with all worn parts replaced and field ready????
Thanks for all advice and sharing knowledge with me.
Posted 2/16/2012 13:55 (#2232440 - in reply to #2232285) Subject: Re: JD 7300 Vacum Planter
No I have not been running around looking in junk yards but unfortunantly that seems where I end up. However, there are some equipment jockys / hustlers, even so called farmers who been trying to sell me equipment (which is junk i come to find out on Ag Talk) but represent it to be good.
Its waht you dont know (and lack of knowledge about a certain type of machine) that cost you $$$$ alot of the time when dealing with anything if you are dealing with someone who conducts unethical business practices. Been there before and got a costly lesson and try to keep from being victim of it again. That is why I am trying to get feedback from others in the farming sector who have had experience and know waht is good , not good, pros and cons of machinery.
When starting out on small acres , working on budget, trying to keep cost down because you cant justify investing alot in machinery as you could on large acres it seems tough to find decent equipment.
Posted 2/16/2012 14:54 (#2232518 - in reply to #2232440) Subject: Re: JD 7300 Vacum Planter
Just curious but how much does your budget allow for a planter? Because I think SCLA is right , its going to take double for this one. If its corn your planting better get it right, doubles trips and skips can cost you big time,with beans youll have some mercy.