John Deere Introduces 76-Foot Wide Air Hoe Seeder

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, John Deere, Planting

OverallGood news for small grains and oil seed producers!  John Deere is now offering a 76- foot 1870 Air Hoe Drill that can plant acres even more quickly and accurately.

The current lineup of Air Seeders includes 40-foot and 56-foot options, each with industry-leading features.  Now this wider option can also deliver the latest in precision farming, with highly-controlled placement, depth and pressure control.

“The new 76-foot model 1870 offers a time-saving 36 percent increase in seeding width, better residue flow capabilities, and improved seeding and fertilizer placement and control. Also, with the new retractable openers for easier servicing and improved transport, customers will gain more productivity when seeding small grains and oil seeds,” Peters explains. “When combined with a John Deere air cart and used on rolling, undulating terrain, this is one of the most accurate, productive air seeding systems available.”

The 76-foot 1870 is a five-section seeder with 12-inch row spacing compatible with 430-bushel tow-between and 430- or 550-bushel tow-behind John Deere seed carts. It features increased frame height and 56 inches of spacing between each rank, which is nearly 20 inches more space compared to other seeders, to help move residue through without clogging.

The 1910 Air Carts have been updated to add even more productivity to the 1870 Air Seeder system. They feature a new AirPower 2 Dual fan option that delivers up to 550 pounds of total product per acre across the full width of the air seeder, using two independently controlled fans. The large, cast aluminum design and increased fan size allows higher-capacity performance especially when operating on slopes or hilly terrain.

The new seeder also offers a floating front hitch and wings that can flex up to 25 degrees. High-flotation tires come standard and provide better ground following and drill-to-soil contact.  Also exclusive to the 76 foot model is the TruSet depth and pressure control, giving the operator the ability to monitor, set and adjust trip force and packing pressure from inside the tractor’s cab.

Independent Hydraulic controls and state of the art openers improve seed and fertilizer placement.  Fertilizer can be banded 6 inches deep and seed tubes can be changed in 1/4 inch increments.  Folding and transporting are also easier; the 76-foot model folds in two minutes into a slim 22 1/2 foot wide package.  A “bump up” and “duck down” feature means the equipment can be raised 4 inches for extra ground clearance or lowered 6 inches to clear power lines or overpasses.

“From the strong, lattice structure frame to the retractable openers to the integrated software technology, the all-new 76-ft. 1870, combined with our updated 1910 Air Carts, help producers plant small grains and canola faster and more accurately than ever before,” says Peters. “This air seeder is the most significant addition to our air seeding portfolio in recent years!”