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Forges de Niaux 200 vs Ingersoll (blades for JD 50/60/90 drills)

One important reason why the Forges de Niaux 200s stay sharp longer than Ingersolls: The Niauxs start out with ~3/4″ of bevel, vs ~5/8″ on the Ingersolls (see photo).

That’s over 1.5° smaller angle (13 vs 14.5°) at the edge, which is a significant difference for cutting ability and ease of penetration of the soil. Not to mention that it gives you a bit more bevel at the outset (after half the bevel is gone, the cutting ability is truly lousy—so starting out with 1/8″ more bevel just gives you that longer wear life while maintaining decent cutting ability, as blade diameter gets whittled away). (Larger diameter blades aren’t the answer to longevity; read why here.)

This is in addition to the greater hardness at the edge of the Niaux 200s. Greater lifespan and better cutting ability make these the new benchmark for blade performance on single-disc drills.  Exapta has a good supply of Niaux 200s for early 2019. (After we exhaust our supply that was purchased at 2018 pricing from the factory, the price will increase several dollars apiece, so stock up!)

Chris Horton

Chris Horton brings 25 years of management with him. He grew up on his grandparents farm in Reno County Kansas where they mainly grew wheat and cattle feed. He worked on feed lots as a pen rider and cow-calf operations before moving to Southern California where Chris started a new career in the transportation and transport logistics, eventually managing the western region for a large commercial vehicle leasing company. Chris moved home to Kansas, to manage a local Farmers Coop and then eventually the service dept for a tractor dealership. The opportunity to join the Exapta team came up, and he knew he wanted to be a part of this team.

Bob Pagel

Sales & Service Representative

Prior to joining Exapta, Bob Pagel was an Agricultural Territory Sales Manager for Ritchie Brothers, serving parts of MN, WI and IA. He continues to support his family farm in SE Minnesota.

Jon Zeller

Current Product Engineer

Jonathan Zeller joined Exapta excited to return to working with no-till planting equipment. He supported research of no-till planting and other ag related projects for 7 years with Kansas State University’s Agricultural Engineering Department after getting his engineering degree. He later worked 3 years for Landoll Company, LLC. where he gained experience in a design engineering role. Jonathan grew up on a small family farm in NE Kansas working with row crops, hay and cattle. Jonathan enjoys solving engineering problems and improving or creating products to be robust and easy to install and service.