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Here’s Where To Get Parts For Older Planters
If you need parts for an older model planter and your dealer or a local salvage yard doesn’t have them, chances are Kansas farmer and repairman Clem Koelzer does. Koelzer “accidently” got into the business back in 1972 when he bought a salvaged planter from a local dealer for parts.    One old planter led to another, and pretty soon he had a variety of Case IH, Deere, White and Kinze planters in his back lot. Nowadays, after nearly 45 years in the salvage business, he has people calling from all over the country for used parts.
  “I’ve got about 5 acres of planters on hand,” says Koelzer, “and we have a good supply of the most common parts pulled and in parts inventory. Most of the planters I have were built from the ’60’s through early 2000. I have a good selection of parts for Case IH 800 through 955 Series, for the Deere 7000 series, for White 5100’s, and several models of Kinze built before 2000.”
  Koelzer says he hasn’t gotten into newer planters because many of those are priced too high, even at auctions. Most of the older planters he acquires now are salvaged from dealers who can no longer sell them.
  When Koelzer isn’t answering the phone to sell parts, he and his 3 sons run their own farmland, raising stock cows.
  “It has been a good business,” Koelzer says, “and we’ll continue as long as people keep calling and are satisfied with what we’re sending them.”
  Koelzer says he doesn’t operate a computer and prefers doing business the old fashioned way. “Word of mouth and a few small ads in some farm publications have done just fine for us in terms of advertising, so that’s the way we’ll continue.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Koelzer Repair, 581 KS-16, Onaga, Kansas 66521 (ph 785 857-3257).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #4