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Wondering if any one else is having problems with gage wheel and press wheel bearings on there air seeders. We have replaced all the bearings last year and they are already starting to go out again. The air seeder is an '03 30 footer. Do the John Deere air seeders have any better bearings in there air seeders.
 

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Is the drill stored outside with the wings folded up? I have heard that will cause bearing trouble. Or possibly carrying too much weight on the depth wheels. I think Deere actually uses the same bearing in the depth wheel.
 

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We have run the JD no till drills since 94 and also had our share of bearing trouble. The JD seed firming wheels had little bearing trouble,usually lasting 3-4 years. we replaced them with the narrow (5/8 inch wide) SDX firming wheels which pack the bottom of the seed slot better than the 1 inch wide JD wheels. We have run the SDX wheels 3 seasons now and not had a failure. Those tough plastic SDX firming wheels are very durable in rocky conditions. We would break a few of the aluminum JD wheels every year.

The JD closer wheels have always had bearing problems because the sealed side of the wheel is exposed to so much dirt, and the bearings are small and poorly sealed. They have changed the seal/ and bearing design at least 3 times,but still have problems. The newest ones with the bearing in the arm instead of the wheel are better.
We replaced our JD closer wheels with after market Thomson spiked closer wheels sold by Exapta solutions,these have not had any wear or bearing problems in 3 seasons. we would not go back to to the stock wheels,as the Thompson's do a really good job of crumbling the seed slot closed and no more bearing and seal troubles. The Thompson wheels use a common single large bearing available from any bearing jobber or JD. I don't know where JD uses that bearing,but they should fit it to their closer wheels,or better yet,Thompson wheels should be original equipment on the JD drills. We tried a couple of IH guage wheel tires on the Deere drill, but have not noticed any advantage to using them. Too much down pressure is a guage wheel killer.

Our soil is heavy clay/loam that has not seen a tillage tool since 94.
 

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Hey on our SDX30 air seeder we only change about 4 bearings a year I just changed 2 this week. normaly 2 in the spring and 2 in the fall. How many bushel is your cart? and what tractor are you pulling it with just curious to see what guys are pulling with. Ours is 230 bushel and we are pulling it with a 9230 case.I have also pulled it with our 7240 but pulls kinda hard in the sand.
 

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We have a 230 bu tow between cart on ours. Donny55 how old is your seeder? Ours is an '03 with 15,000 acres on it. In the fall we pull it with a Mx 240 and in the spring we use a Stx 375 quadtrac. The 240 is the most efficient but you can't beat the ride of the quadtrac.
 

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We had a 1530 john deere had bearings going out all of the time on the gauge wheels and on the press wheels. We no-tilled 95% of the time with it in to corn stubble. Also we could never keep the gauge wheels setup on it.
 

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ours is a 2002 I believe and is a tow behind it has 8000 acres on it now we got it used but we use it for about 1500 a year. hey flynfarmer you got any pics with the quad track on the seeder. would love to see some.
 

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I have a 09 sdx 40 I have already had problems with the gauge wheels the bigger disk take appx 100 lbs more down force to keep them in the ground but case uses the same gauge wheel as jd my problem is the plastic half keeps wobbling out has anyone gotten any help from case with the problem I have a claim in but haven't herd anything
 

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04 30' drill 12000 acres and maybe 2 guage wheel bearings...2009 40' 8000 acres replaced most of the guage wheel bearings, 40' stored outside, 30' was stored inside. Probably storage has a lot to do with it.
 
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