Furrow Cruisers® finally have solved the SIDEWALL COMPACTION problem that came with the development of the double disk opening system on all modern planters. The “V” created by the opening system on planters causes a compaction zone that is necessary to get the seed down to planting depth. The problem with this is that current stock rubber tires and cast press wheels cannot consistently crumble and firm this soil back around the seed. With inconsistent seed-to-soil contact, emergence takes a hit, and yields suffer.
Closing wheel repair kits:This kit replaces the bushing on a closing wheel arm with a bearing. It can be used on brand new planters and on planters that already have some wear to the closing wheel arm. Having the closing wheel arms tight is critical to keeping closing wheels centered on the seed trench and ensuring that your closing wheel can operate at peak performance.
The gauge wheel arm pivot is the #1 wear point on planters. This is caused by the fact that the ground load on the gauge wheel is offset from the center of the row where the arm contacts the adjustable stop. This offset load is supported by two points of contact between the pivot pin and the bore of the hub. These points wear and the arm starts to lean allowing the tire to pull away from the opener disk. Moving the arm in is generally the only thing you can do to temporarily compensate.