JD 2950 to pull 7240 6/11??
I am looking at buying a 7240 6/11 Deere vac planter that does not have the PTO pump for the vacuum.... I don't know much about these planters, we have always used 7000's in the past. I understand that the 7240 uses a lot of hydraulics to run the lift, markers, and vacuum pump. We have a Deere 2950 MFWD to pull the planter with. Is that enough of a tractor to pull and operate this planter with? Thanks for your input!
Re: JD 2950 to pull 7240 6/11??
You may have enough power but not enough tractor hydraulics or weight. I'm not all that familiar with a 2950 but isn't it close to a 6430? The planter has so much negative tongue weight you should have at least a 12,000# tractor on it. I use a 130HP 2 WD with duals and the inside rears loaded. It works better than the 105HP FWA I used to use on it. The larger tractor keeps you from being thrown around by the planter. Believe me when I say that when the planter is full all that negative tongue weight will be the tail wagging the dog. I don't think you have the hydraulics to run the vacuum fan and lift it. Even though I had the hydraulics to run everything I put the pump on the PTO. It kept the oil cooler and gave me more lift capacity not to mention a small fuel savings. Hydraulics are an awfully inefficient way to power anything. Pump and hoses were about $1600.