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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:58 am    Post subject: John Deere 290 planter questions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just bought a 1947 - 290 planter and know nothing about it. I have the Operator's and Parts manuals. All the check wire and fertilizer attachments have been removed. Looks like it was set for hill drop planting because the striker - roller - and linkage wire are installed just to the right of the gear box. The striker is currently swinging loose on the shaft. I would like to do drill planting only. Is it safe to remove the striker-roller-link wire? I also have marker chain questions, but would like to make sure it is going to plant first. Thanks!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:18 pm    Post subject: Re: John Deere 290 planter questions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Like what things do you want to know?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:48 am    Post subject: Re: John Deere 290 planter questions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I want to know if I remove the Hill Drop parts, like the striker, roller and linkage wire- if I can convert back to Drill planting. Also - the Marker control chain is missing. Is there anywhere I can still buy parts for the 290 planter?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:49 am    Post subject: Re: John Deere 290 planter questions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I want to know if I remove the Hill Drop parts, like the striker, roller and linkage wire- if I can convert back to Drill planting. Also - the Marker control chain is missing. Is there anywhere I can still buy parts for the 290 planter?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:22 pm    Post subject: Re: John Deere 290 planter questions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would try JD for parts. I think you can get the chain at a hardware store, It the twisted link chain isn't it.
I have a 290 planter I thought you pulled the check wire trip back & there was somthing that held it back & then it drilled the corn in.
I would have to look at mine but cant get in the shed now to much snow. I should have the check wire & the winder to.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:12 pm    Post subject: Re: John Deere 290 planter questions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It is explained clearly in your operators manual how to set for drill, hill drop or check planting and just to double check what the parts are use your parts manual. Easy if you look at the books and planter. A very simple planter and the seed handling parts in the hopper are the same as used on all 246, 450, 490, 494, 494A, 12XX series and 7000 in all row counts 2, 4, 6, 8, 12 row. Fertilizer same as 490.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:55 am    Post subject: Re: John Deere 290 planter questions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I think I figured it out. The planter is definitely set for Hill Drop planting. I am going to remove the striker-roller-ling wire that pertain to Hill Drop. The manual showed the set screw above the arm, and my planter looked different. After closer inspection - I see there is a stud post in a hole - holding the set screw arm from moving. Once I compress the spring, the set screw arm should come up and forward and I will be able to set it for drill planting. I have a lot of snow left so it may be awhile before I can truly test. Thanks for your help.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:57 am    Post subject: Re: John Deere 290 planter questions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

In the manual, the chain is referred to as #32 link chain. Looks common enough so I will see what I can find. Thanks.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:51 am    Post subject: Re: John Deere 290 planter questions Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I think I now have everything working except I cannot turn corners with the planter. I tried to clean the gears and pinions inside the differential housing. When I move the planter straight ahead - the entire differential housing spins with the axle. Is that normal? If I attempt to turn the planter, the pinion gears turn about a third of a turn - then lock up and the entire shaft stops turning. Does one side of the differential have to disengage somehow? Is removing the entire Differential housing my next step? Thanks.
 
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