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Steel vs Semi pneumatic packer wheels

I was wondering what everyones opinions were on steel vs semi pneumatic packer wheels? I am looking for another drill and am wondering what would be the best for wet conditions and what is the best for dry conditions. This year is looking to be dry so i was thinking maybe the semi pneumatic wouldn't pack as good in our clay / gumbo soils. Any input would be great. Thanks

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Generally, if dry to quite dry - steel is used. Not sure why...price maybe?

However, in wetter conditions, steel will build up with mud since they can't flex. That's where the pneumatic and semi-pneumatic ones are better...they will flex to a certain degree to shed the mud. I think they still work fine for dry conditions though.


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3.5" steel on a 5710 packs too much if wet. Bought a set of pneumatic 5.5".
Worked great last year even where wet. I feel they will pack enough unless bone dry, then we will change back to the steel.
The wider openers need wider packers. We use 3" BG carbide.

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It is important to size the packer width for the width of the opener with a gang style packer. If this is done right a semi pneumatic packer will work fine in drier conditions. If you have clay soil I would avoid steel packers.
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