Improved effectiveness! For no till planting to be effective and yield better crops, the seeds should be firmed in the bottom of the furrow, and the furrow closed adequately—including breaking up the furrow sidewall(s). Unfortunately most no till drills and planters that are manufactured in the U.S. and Canada come with smooth closing wheels, which can overpack the seed furrows, particularly when the soil is damp.
When a seed furrow is overpacked, it is difficult for the seeds to emerge, and it makes it even harder for the roots of the plants to penetrate through the sidewalls of the furrow.
Why We Designed The Thompson Wheel
To avoid the overpacking problem and to ensure an effective seed furrow closing, we designed the Thompson Closing Wheel, which is a durable, spoked wheel that can replace the original closing wheels found on most planters and drills, including planters built by John Deere, Kinze, AGCO White, Great Plains, Harvest International and Monosem, and drills which have gauge wheels, such as the John Deere 50 series, 60 series, and 90 series, the Case SDX, and the Case P 500 / New Holland P 2080.
What The Thompson Wheel Can Do
These are highlights of what our spoked (‘spike’) wheels for drills and planters can do for you:
Unique Features Of The Thompson Wheel For Planters
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For information on Thompson Wheels or other no till parts and equipment, please call (800) 417-8020, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Here’s what our customers are saying about the Thompson Wheel…
“The Thompson Wheels are definitely better than competitors’ spiked wheels. I really like how the Thompsons break up the sidewall. My stand counts are 4%-6% higher…with fewer ‘dink” plants.”
(uses Thompson Wheels, Toe-Out Wedges, Mojo Wires, and chrome Valion Seed Tube Guards on a 16-row John Deere 1770 planter).
“I’ve used the Thompson Wheels and Toe-Out Wedges for about five years. I’ve found them to be far superior to any other closing systems I’ve tried.”
(uses Thompson Wheels and Toe-Out Wedges on a 12-row John Deere 1770 planter)
“The Thompson Wheels with the Toe-Out Wedges worked excellent in our wet conditions last year. No wrapping or mud build-up. These were tough conditions. We planted when we could.”
Belle Plaine, Iowa
(uses Thompson Wheels, Toe-Out Wedges, and Mojo Wires on a 12-row John Deere 1760 planter)
Numerous observations were made by 3rd-party scientists and farmers in order to compile this assessment.
* Closing wheels that avoid packing the soil above the seed (recommended) should be used with a separate in-furrow firming device (Keeton seed firmer or seed-lock wheel).
Please note: We can ship our no till add-ons, products, parts, and equipment to the U.S., Canada, and throughout the world.