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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-11-2019, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Sunflower disc drill

What can anyone tell me about these... or about any disc drill really. What's the differences between and double and single disc? How do they handle rocks? How are they in loose soil? How much hp per foot compared to a air drill?

I really know a whole lot of nothing about them, like the idea of them, dont like the idea of the maintenance that goes along. But maybe it's worth it, maybe I built it up to more than what it is. Any info might help. Thanks in advance.

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I have an 1890 Deere drill. They are a lot of maintenance once the acres start to add up. That being said they do an excellent job. They follow the contour nearly as well as a planter and leave a finished field once it’s seeded. No need to harrow or pack to get good germination in loose soil you have to adjust your speed to avoid throwing soil onto the opposite row especially with a 7 inch spacing but in firm moist ground it’s not a problem. I pulled my 42 ft drill and a 350 bushel tank with a 765 challenger this year and was never under powered at 6.5 mph. If your looking to buy an older used one you will be dropping a major chunk of change on wear parts and up grades. You can do the work yourself but it’s time consuming and the front rows are better taken off the unit. Watch Phil needhams you tube videos on upgrades. I ran a concord for many years and thought it was doing good but have never seen a poor job of seeding my disc drill. I’d you don’t like maintenance don’t buy one. You’ll regret it.

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Forgot to say,if you are buying or looking for one I’d stay with either case or Deere. Reason being there are a lot of aftermarket parts and numerous upgrades to be had. The sunflower I have not even seen but would imagine aftermarket parts would not be common.
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If it's the same Sunflower disc drill that I've seen, it's made by Amity/Concord. Good company to deal with. Parts are more readily available than just Sunflower.
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Same as Amity (now called Concord again). Ran one for several years. Certainly the simplest disc drill you'll find. Worked well in most conditions with the exception of tilled muddy ground. Wanted to plug between discs. Seeding depth was remarkably consistent.
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