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Rebuilt Planter Works Like New
"I bought my 8-row Allis Chalmers 72 plate planter new in 1975 and have planted from 1,000 to 1,500 acres every year with it. It worked okay at first but needed improvements. After I rebuilt it, the planter works as well as the best new planters on the market," says Earnest Rumbaugh, Morrill, Kan.
Rumbaugh says the original design was "a mickey mouse set-up. The little spring they had at the front of covering disc arm wouldn't last long. The disc coverers were too wide over the row and when they wore down up front you would be any-where from 10 to 12 in. over the row. I installed new coverers that are only 5 in. wide to start with over the row."
Here's changes he made to planter:
•  Put sealed bearings on the rear wheels and on all sprockets.
•  Equipped it with a new set of Case/IH disc covering assemblies.
•  Installed an adjustable spring tightener on the drive chain.
•  Built a new rear axle.
•  Built a filler plate for the seed box.
• Replaced the seed boxes (using boxes from later model AC planters that have stainless steel liners to keep the bottom from wearing out).
• Put rubber tie-down straps on lids to keep them from blowing away.
• Put a sealed bearing on the end of the shaft under the planter box, eliminating the pin on the shaft under the box that you had to replace every year to check the bronze bushings. Rumbaugh says it's now trouble-free.
"Several dealers have seen my conversion and they all say it looks like a factory job. The planter works better than new. I've used it on over 1,000 acres of soy-beans and milo and everthing works great. I had perfect stands on all types of ground. The Case/IH dics cover assemblies I used would work on later model AC 73 and 74 planters, too. I converted a Yetter planter for a neighboring farmer using the same covering discs," says Rumbaugh.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Earnest Rumbaugh, Rt. 1, Box 155, Morrill, Kan. 66515 (ph 913 459-2218).

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