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Rebuilt Arm Makes Planters Like New
"It's an inexpensive way to make your planter like new again. By rebuilding the arm that holds the gauge wheel against the row opening coulter, you save the cost of replacing the row unit, arm, packing wheels and main frame," says Lavern Schmidt, owner of Montezuma Welding & Mfg., who rebuilds the arms for Deere Max Emerge and Kinze planters.
"Just replacing the gauge wheels would cost $40, and to replace the depth gauge arm and related parts would run about $256. We rebuild the arm with the eccentric bushing and shims for only $48 per row unit," Schmidt points out.
The problem is that the gauge wheel wears so it no longer sits flush with the row opening coulter. As the shaft on which the arm attaches wears, there's additional Šplay' on the wheel. To solve this, Schmidt mills the part of the arm that slips over the shaft to a 1?-in. dia. and inserts an eccentric bushing.
When reinstalling the arm, you insert 1?-in. shims between the arm and the row unit frame (see photo). When the wheel wears down, you can remove a shim, and as the eccentric bushing wears, you turn it to move the gauge wheel against the opening coulter. The bushing, which the arm now rides on, locks in position with the shaft end bolt and heavy washer.
Schmidt will rebuild arms that you send in, or exchange them for previously rebuilt arms.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Montezuma Welding & Mfg., P.O. Box 234, Montezuma, Kan. 67867-0234 (ph 316 846-2482 or 2933).

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #4