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    Small grain drill

    I know it's not green. Neither is my field cultivator and it's driving me nuts. But it is what is available in my area. We used to have an 8300 drill and we hated it with a passion so we upgraded to a NT 1590. Loved it but it's not mine and I can't use it anymore. Are those old IH drills any good? One guy says yes the other says no but he doesn't like single disk openers. Just looking to plant cover crop and wheat at the moment. I'm playing with planting a couple acres of beans with a 494-A this weekend where my friends 16 row corn/32 bean planter couldn't go. I figured I should get more opinions before I called the guy that's selling it.
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    It'll do

    We have a similar but different model IH drill- not the same model but honestly as planting implements go a drill is pretty basic. I think it looks like it's not a hydraulic lift but a chain lift. That's ok, but not great and a bit of a PITA if you have a cab tractor. Check all the openers, spin them over to see if bearings are bad, looked for cracked downspouts as those go bad just from sitting. If it is a chain lift, make sure it works and doesn't start halfway up and slip. Look at the chains and sprockets and see if he has drag chains for every row.

    It may be just the picture but something looks odd about the hitch frame like the left side is normal but the right side comes off the drill at a 90 degree angle instead of the expected 45 or so. That could just be the picture rather than the drill.

    Those had an optional grass seeder which went on the back for small seeds- that can be a plus if you are planting clover in your cover crop.

    If it's sound, all the parts are there and work correctly and the price is right you can always get some green paint. . .

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    True story on the paint. I thought the wheel closest to the driveway looked off. I'll have to go look again. So a chain lift can't be switched to hydraulic?
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    Chain lift

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    True story on the paint. I thought the wheel closest to the driveway looked off. I'll have to go look again. So a chain lift can't be switched to hydraulic?
    It absolutely can be switched and I don't think it's that much of a project. It may be as simple as taking the chain lift mechanism out and dropping the cylinder in but it's been a very long time since we had a chain lift and that was an older Oliver drill. It shouldn't be a big deal anyway.

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    That would be handy. I have another cylinder laying in the shop here.
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    Can anyone tell me what model this drill is? At the local Deere dealer.
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    MIGHTbe an 8250. It looks to be in good condition. It has a grass seed attachment. The serial number plate should tell the model and will probably be located on the frame.
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    Ok. I didn't find the tag anywhere but it's also raining so I wasn't intent on being out long. The dealers website says it's an 8300.... They want $3900 for it.
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    I'm with DRobinson. It looks like a 8250. I have an 8300 and it looks heavier built. If I remember right the 82 was the lighter built drill. Again if I remember right the 00 series are straight grain drills with one hopper. The 50 series has two separate hoppers, one for fertilizer. That one does look like it has the grass seeder attachment. Might just be the picture but is the platform you stand on to fill the drill up missing?

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    No it's wood plank.
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