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"Permanent" Seal For Deere Opener Arms
Opener arm bushings and pins on Deere air seeders and no-till drills are notorious for jamming up with dirt. Bushings fail, arms lock and seeding stops. Genius Seals from Concord Equipment take care of the problem for good, according to the company. In fact, the fix is so permanent that Concord recommends grease zerks be removed and holes plugged. The seals are available for models 1890, 1990, 1860, 1590 and 1560 Deere air seeders and no-till drills.
One side of the seal has a track routed into the surface and a lip around the outside edge. The other side is flat. To install the seal, the bushing nut is removed and the flat side of the seal is placed against the bushing. Lithium grease is then applied to the track side, and a washer is installed over the seal and locked in place by the nut. The track routes the grease around the surface of the seal, acting as a slip clutch between it and the washer. The lubricity ensures the washer is free to rotate as the arm is lifted and lowered and ensures that the silicon seal will never wear out.
Genius Seals are sold in pairs, as seals are needed on both sides of each bushing. Pairs are priced at $30 with an estimated cost of $4,080 for full installation of top and bottom opener arms on a 42-ft. Deere 1890 Air Seeder.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Concord Equipment, 110 15th St. S., Hawley, Minn. 56549 (ph 218 483-3307; fax 218 486-3308; tonia@concordequipment.com; www.concordequipment.com).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #2