John Deere ExactEmerge: Buy New or Retrofit?

John Deere’s Exactemerge high-speed planter has definitely changed the game.  With improved seed spacing over conventional planters even at speeds of 10+ mph, unmatched productivity and accuracy now go hand in hand.  Covering dramatically more acres per day and still doing a better job in an ever decreasing planting window is a value story that hasn’t been seen since the introduction of the STS combine in 2000.  Sloan Implement has ExactEmerge customers that have cut their planting fleet in half and still get more done in a day, all while improving the plant stand.   This frees up manpower to do other tasks at a time when skilled farm labor is ever more difficult to locate.

John Deere offers two different options for customers who want to bring this technology to their operation: Buying a new or used Exactemerge planter or Retrofitting an existing 2011 or newer conventional John Deere bulk fll planter.  So what is the best option?  Both offer pro’s and con’s so let’s walk through both scenarios:

Buying a new Exactemerge planter: 

John Deere has introduced features each year since the Exactemerge’s introduction that cannot be retrofitted back to previous model planters.  Frame weight distribution is only available as a factory option and cannot be retrofitted to previous models.  Folding the planter through the display, thus eliminating the fold box, is also a factory only option.  Seedstar 4HP is new for the 2018 planter line-up and is not available for retrofit at this time.  Seedstar 4HP requires a Gen IV display.  The larger screen offers greater flexibility with the planter run page setup for viewing more functions on the screen at the same time.   The frame has also received a few tweaks, in particular, the markers can better handle the increased loads of 10+ mph planting speeds.  Buying new insures that you will have the latest technology as well as a full machine warranty for the planting season.

Retrofit a 2011 or newer central-fill planter to the Exactemerge planting system:

This option allows customers to get the Exactemerge technology at a substantially reduced cost vs. buying new.  Customers can get most of the latest technology except for the items listed above.  The Exactemerge row unit, pneumatically adjustable row cleaners, individual row hydraulic down force, and pneumatic closing wheels can all be installed on an existing planter to get these technologies for less money.  The basic Exactemerge retrofit unit comes with a new shank, openers, scrapers, gauge wheel arms, meter, brush module, parallel arm bushings, and an electrical system that includes vacuum automation and curve compensation.  All of the new components have a full planting season warranty.  What’s more, you can still use your existing 2630 display to operate the retrofitted planter, saving the cost of upgrading to the new Gen IV display.  The frame and seed delivery system both remain the same.  We have done several retrofits and customers have had great success while saving money.

Sloan employees prepared 7 short videos discussing ExactEmerge retrofit kits that can be viewed here:

As you can see, both options have a value story that is different.  What is not different is the performance and productivity each option will bring to your operation.

Click here to read more about the Exactemerge row unit or contact your local Sloan Implement location.

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

 

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

 

AMS Report 3.7.2014

by Lucas Veale

Wireless Data Transfer continues to be a hot topic.  Customers are asking about adding this to their R-Series tractors for spring.  It is $700 per year if they do not currently have a JDLINK Ultimate subscription on the 8R.  They also will need to buy a $120 Ethernet cable.

Seed meter test stand is really gaining traction.  We have either completed or booked over 120 rows of meters in less than 1 month of owning the stand.  It has also allowed us to learn more about the meters and what field adjustments will help this spring.  The northern group also used it at their clinics and it helped sign up inspections and pro max 40 conversions.  We will do the same at our meetings next year.

AMS equipment sales have picked up momentum the past 2 weeks.  Displays, receivers, and rate controllers are leading the way.  Customers like the rate controllers to eliminate cab clutter and to allow them to document their application.  It also allows them to add swath control which is a huge benefit.  We have installed on toolbars, planter fertilizer units, and pull type sprayers.  Used equipment also remains a very hot commodity.

Atwood has been working with a wireless liquid flow blockage sensor system from John Blue.  This will alert the operator if a row has been plugged with debris and help to reduce skips that result from this blockage.  For more info, contact Dylan Vickers in Atwood, 217 578 2224.

We received some training on the new 2015 planters.  The new ExactEmerge planter will operate on a 56 volt system powered by a hydraulically driven alternator.  The reason for 56 volts is that anything over 75 volts is considered potentially lethal and would require some additional safety components.  The higher the voltage the lower the amperage which means we are able to use smaller wires to run the electric drive motors.  The new 3HD monitor should have an easy transition for customers already used to Seedstar XP.  They stressed to us the horsepower requirements would be substantially higher due to the higher ground speeds.  A 24 row will require an 8360R with a 60 gpm pump and could struggle in hills to maintain 10 mph.  The brush belt seed delivery system seemed simple and easy to service.  The same could be said for the meter components.  We will have the ExactEmerge planter at the Expo.

When attaching newer planter to R-Series tractors it is a good practice to make sure that the tractor has the latest software on the controllers if you notice slow response or have to go through multiple key cycles to get the planter and tractor to communicate.  Also make sure that the planter is at least version 17 (18 is the latest but 17 works well) if model year 2011 or later.  Version 10 is required for ’09-’10.  Generic serial numbers are A01700B000000 or ’09-’10.  1A01700AAAA000000 is correct for 2011-14.

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