John Deere Introduces Largest Planter Ever

The new DB120

Published in the May 2009 Issue Published online: May 31, 2009 Potato Equipment
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LENEXA, Kan.-John Deere and Bauer Built Manufacturing usher in a new era of efficiency for row-crop producers with the introduction of their largest planter ever-the all-new DB120. This 120-ft.-wide, 48-row, 30-in. spacing planter is the most productive row-crop planter available. It's ideal for customers who desire high levels of productivity from a single-tractor, one-planter set up.

"The DB120 sets an all-new standard in the large-frame planter market. When hitched to one of our 9030 Series tractors equipped with a GreenStar guidance system, you've got a row-crop planting solution that's 30 percent more productive than our 36-row, DB90 planter, " says Rob Rippchen division manager, marketing, John Deere Seeding.

Depending on field conditions, Rippchen estimates the DB120 can plant 90 to 100 acres per hour when operating at 5 to 5.5 mph.

The DB120 is a front-fold, 5-section flex-frame planter with CCS RefugePlus bulk-fill, and Pro-Series XP row units deliver built-in productivity and precision that producers have been asking for. These new planters are outfitted with the latest John Deere seeding technology including 125-bu. seed capacity, SeedStar 2 monitoring and variable-rate seed drives, and pneumatic down force.

"This new planter also comes standard with John Deere RowCommand, a planter row unit on/off system that helps you reduce seed input costs and eliminate the yield drag associated with double planting in corn," says Rippchen.

Front-mounted row cleaners or coulters are optional. John Deere dealers will begin to take orders for DB120 planters later this summer.