Re: to buy or not to buy a white planter
I purchased a 8424CF this spring overall I love it. Had some issues at first-they had a manual switch that you had to flip to turn the machine on and off; what a bunch of BS. But they came out and installed a switch that was activated on the lift. I tryed to run the planter through the Fendt terminal because thats whats its supposed to do right, well quess not. There was a little confusion nobody seemed to know the answer but they sent a AGCO rep out and the guys in Germany finnally said it wasn't going to work but they put a monitor on it and made everything right. I would say they were very good to work with.
As far as the job it does I would say excellant and I only had one downtime incidant in 2500 acres. That was a popit ball that blew out of a hyd proportioning valve what was probably an outsourced part but the mechanics at my dealer stayed late and got it fixed with a little home made enginering.
The last two planters were a 955 and a 1200 caseih. They had way too many part replacement issues-Closeing dics, downpressure springs,furrow firming points and shoes plus both of them the pivot points for the guage wheels were completely shot and would flop all over; I would rather have grease fittings than have the wheels flopping around.