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Great Plains planter review

I have had a few people ask through messages about my Great Plains planter. I don't know if people are nervous to admit they are looking at something that seems shortline or what.

There is nothing to be afraid of, Great Plains makes some excellent products and this way everyone can see!

I have a YP2425a 48TR, YP=Yield Pro 2425=bar a=air pro 48=number of rows and TR=twin row

For those of you looking to do canola and you are not sure what your looking at while shopping online "a" is air pro and needed to get the canola meters

Don't quote me on this but I believe 13 models have the newer brushes and the 14 models have the newer seed tubes for the canola. The new ones are dark red/burgundy. Neither are hard to change or cost that much. I believe to do the whole package to seed canola with mine was right around 3000$ US

Prior to this planter I had a 1750 Deere witch was a great planter but covering 12-1400 acres a year was pushing the envelope

Mine is a 2012 making it one of the early air pros, I purchased it in 13 with just under 3000 acres, right now it is at 12,700.

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These planters sell cheap, I had 120k in mine with trucking from Indiana and the dealer tossed in a hydraulic hitch for me. It was well equipped for the year with Martin row cleaners, Great Plains turbo coulters and thier spider wheels (witch work very well) along with drag chains. It also was equipped with thier style of totally tubular and keeton seed firmers.
Disc life is amazing, I got 10,900 acres out of the first set of blades making them last almost 3 times as long as my Deere 1750. The new blades I installed are 4mm with a massive bearing. Looking forward to seeing how they last.
The disc blades also overlap each other witch seems to help them cut alot better. I had slightly over 50 bu average flax in 15. I stripped it and some did lay over and I had no problems cutting through it at all. But this could also be the sheer weight of it. Witch it also seems to perform better in high traffic areas.
It has relatively good floatation, you wouldn't think so by looking at it. Mine empty weighs 58,000 pounds.
They have a superior depth gauge wheel arm to get the wheel right where they need to be. Initial adjustment is a pain but when set they are easy to keep in adjustment, often going over 6-700 acres with no adjustment.
I like the depth adjustment (Deere style) if your currently running a White you could appreciate that.
They also have a tandem on the gauge wheel arms to keep good depth control.
Huge hopper capacity, have had no trouble dumping 2 pro boxes into one hopper!
The hoppers can be removed to run pro boxes, they come off with just two pins and a fork lift or good skidsteer.
Down pressure is easy to adjust
The overall opener is very well biult and very solid.
Parts have been very reasonably priced
I'm sure there is more to add.

Cons,
While twin row is definitely getting me better crops it isn't that easy to work between the units but it really isn't too bad, nothing else a guy could do to change that.
The seal system under the hopper for switching to pro boxes is somewhat failure prone and a prick to get into adjustment. I have replaced the seal twice.
The early air pros had a piss poor lid, there was updates done, somehow something wasn't done right and mine wasn't eligible, they had tried some other things with the first customer and he was happy but the recall expired while I didn't know anything different.
It does not pull easy, not at all, on a 500 quad in some conditions is 90-110% hp all day long. Our 865B challenger is in that 75-80%. Part of it is just the weight.
While reading with fertilizer and seed on board the inside tires on the main frame will heat up, fine on the highway but you don't want to drive more than 12mph on the gravel because the crown of the road places most of the load on the tires to the center.
Navigating through the Dicky John Intelliag is a pain, I have been told I should get updates that make things alot easier. I really hate there is "dealer screens" that you have to use a password to get into. You can't do squat without that password in there. I will enfisize some more on that, I hate that!
Getting the air pressure on the meter right is rather simple but... getting the fan speed correct to keep from plugging hoses has been a challenge for me. DO NOT be shy with talcum powder or you will pull your hair out.

I think I have a pretty fair review here, I am very happy with the planter and it has been affordable to maintain. I have put one weld on a bushing that has porosity in the weld but there is nothing scary about these things, I will be happy to buy dark green again

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Prior to this planter I had a 1750 Deere witch was a great planter but covering 12-1400 acres a year was pushing the envelope.
A JD 1750 is what? 6 or 8 row 30"? And here I think covering 300 oddish acres with the old 8 row 7000 was a slow pain in the a**!. Going to be going through the 12R 1760 pretty quick, should speed up planting a tad.


Don't see any GP planters around here for some reason, mostly JD, CIH, White, and maybe a Kinze here and there.
Wonder how hard a 24 row twin version would pull, as the current big tractor we have is a CIH 9150 (Around 280 hp, could tweak to ~300 - 330 as that is about the max the engine could put out if you turn up the smoke screw.) It at least has the bar style axle so can set wheel spacing to match 30" rows which it is currently. Doesn't have a PTO so I imagine it would need a hydraulic pump kit to run the fans...


I think they have had a GP planter at Farmfest almost every year, but not 100% certain, and they are usually the smaller models if they are.

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The 1750 was an 8 row 30. I really had to push that thing when I was able to go, one year I got some good spread out jobs and did 2700 acres with it, I had to put new disc blades on it in season!

I have no doubt you could pull a 24 row twin, there would be so much less weight the 9150 would do well set stock.

The planter actually only has one large fan and it don't spin fast or take alot of hydraulic flow, if I had to guess I would say 12-14 gal on mine max so planter half the size would be cake, even for that tractor

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We went from a 8 row 7200 JD that I did 650 acres with to a 12/24 1790 JD that I now cover 1500 acres with since I do soybeans now too. You should have no problem pulling 24 row, we pull it with 245 hp nicely. 280 should pull it with ease.

I also see great plains lists horsepower requirements on their website for the different planters.
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I just bought a planter the same as SWFarmService. I don'y have much to add....yet!

What I would say is that the guys that I have talked to that ran them seem happy with the machines. Main concern is the dealer network and having good access to local parts. In my area this is going to be a concern for any type of a planter except Deere. I wanted to buy a Deere but paying twice or more of the initial cost for a used machine was just not gonna fly. I just picked up a couple more parts storage cabinets and will stock some of my own stuff, probably maintain this planter for 15 years with the money I saved...

When I was researching this unit I actually phoned Great Plains a couple of times and must say that they seem really helpful with what to look for and how to operate/set/maintain them. Gave me a good feeling being able to get hold of somebody that can give some answers.

I look forward to giving a more detailed review after it gets used a bit.
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Parts are easy, here when I first got a planter I had to carry my own parts anyways because planters are so rare here, especially 15 years ago.

You probably don't realize just how many parts match Deere

Like say the depth gauge wheel and closing wheel bearings match standard closing wheel bearings on deere planters. The disc blades I am certain interchangeable to Deere. The depth gauge wheel tires match Deere.

When you get your planter and I can see some pics of it I will relay you a list parts you want to stock the shelves with. The parts will be pretty generic for any planter.

The only down time I have had was electrical issues so when I get my planter in the shop I will get you pics of some wires that may need dome attention. Other than that I only keep about a 1000$ of parts on hand and so far life has been good.

Like I said in the other thread I love the dealer I have been working with has been great, parts come right to my door UPS in 2-3 days right from the factory

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I take it you planted your canola with it? How many Lb's an acre did you get away with?
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SWMan I farm just 45 min east of you and there are two larger farmers with Great Plains planters. One has had it for about 3 years and uses it for soybeans, some edible beans and canola. The other guy just bought his this winter too but plans to use it for soybeans and quite a bit of canola. Not that they would be too much help for you but if you pm me I'm sure I could pass along their contact info as a source if you have any questions. Especially the guy that's had it for 3 years. Just FYI.
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I should add the farmer that has used one for 3 years also runs lexion/claas equipment as well so that might be of more assistance to you as well.
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I take it you planted your canola with it? How many Lb's an acre did you get away with?
I was running at a pop of 220K seeds per acre so depending on seed size like 1.9-2.3 I believe.


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