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Replacement Caps For Drill Packer Wheels
You can rebuild drill packer wheels at a fraction of the cost of new wheels with replacement "caps" from a Waterville, Wash., manufacturer.
Dave Barnes, Barnes Machine & Welding, has been rebuilding packer wheels for 11 years. His company has tooling to handle virtually every drill built. Depending on the drill, replacement caps are supplied in 2 or 3 sections per wheel but you can also buy the rings in full diameter. Installation ordinarily requires only vice grips or clamps to hold them in place, and a welder.
"There's no gimic to installation. Anyone who can weld can install their own. When we do the work in our shop, we guarantee the results for 6 years," Barnes told FARM SHOW, noting that some of the most popular models are Deere single and split packer drills, International single and split packer drills, and Melroe and Haybuster single packer drills.
Caps are made from steel ranging in thickness from 3/16 to 1/8-in. On some drills packer "rings", which cover just one side of each packer wheel, are used in place of full caps. Packer caps can be easily shipped and, when purchased in volume, sell for as low as $10 apiece.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Barnes Welding & Machine, P.O. Box 614, Waterville, Wash. 98858 (ph 509 745-8588).

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