No-till Drill Parts & Equipment
Aricks Bushing Kits
Chromed sleeve, bushings, and seals for firming arm's pivot, JD 60/90 drills. Chromed steel sleeve is 62mm length for 60/90-series. (The 50-series requires a different length of sleeve; see the kit ARI.NG69)Chromed sleeve, bushings, and seals for firming arm's pivot, JD 750 & 1850 drills (doesn't fit the earliest 750s). Chromed steel sleeve is 69mm version for the 750s and 1850s. Note: The 50-series firming arm has the pin welded into it—you'll need to cut this off of the arm and bore a hole in that spot for a 5/8" bolt.Use this to pull the bushings out with a large air hammer and compressor. Removal tool for the bushings of the front/main pin of JD 50/60/90 drill openers. Includes wire brush to clean out the dirt and rust. Reverse the process to install the new bushing as well to avoid damaging the bushing.Manual removal tool for the bushings of the front/main pin of JD 50/60/90 drill openers. Use this to pull the bushings out. Kit includes stainless tube brush to clean out dirt and rust. Also includes lubricant.$20.00$20.00Grade 8 washer (special ID) and grade 8 special flange locknut (smooth underside; no serrations) for closing arm pivot point, JD 50/60/90 drill. Corresponding OEM parts are only grade 5, and wear out fairly quickly, which creates side-play and lets the spring for the closing arm pop out of its setting too easily.
All About Aricks Bushing Kits
Keeping the firming and closing arm pivots working properly can be a real hassle on the JD 50/60/90 drills. Even after Deere upgraded them circa 2009 to include seals, they still have a habit of packing full of dirt and not taking grease. But with the Aricks bushing kits from Australia, these pivots will run smoothly and you’ll never have to grease them again! The Aricks seals for the firming & closing pivots have a Teflon coating on the seal contact lip and are designed to run dry, unlike a competitor product from USA — and these Aricks kits have an extensive track-record since ’09 proving their durability and trouble-free nature. The bushings themselves are fiber-wound Teflon impregnated, and the steel sleeve has a hardened chrome finish, for smooth action, and proven to last at least as long as OEM (significantly longer in some conditions). These kits are hugely popular in Australia.
Note: On 50-series,* the firming arm has a pin welded in – this must be removed and a hole drilled in the arm at that spot, and requires a 50-series bushing kit as the sleeve length is longer than the 60/90-series.
*Doesn’t fit the earliest 750s.
Aricks Main Opener Pin Kit
The main pin & bushings at the front of the opener on the JD 50/60/90 drills (where the arm attaches to the rockshaft) is another wear item, and it’s critical to maintain furrow width. If these get sloppy, the furrow gets narrower and the boot and firming wheel no longer fit, and seed placement is awful. The first time around, simply rotate the pin by 180-degrees (loosen the bolt locking it in position; put a pipe wrench on the end of the pin). If this has already been done, and they’ve gotten sloppy again, the next step is to replace pins & bushings. Aricks’ main pin kits have been in the field since 2013, and proven to last at least as long as OEM in tough Aussie conditions, and sometimes significantly longer. Aricks front pin bushings are steel with a Teflon inner layer, and the pin has a hard chrome finish. Whether merely turning the pins, or doing a complete rebuild, be sure to retorque the retaining bolt to spec when finished; inadequate torque can result in the bushings spinning in the opener arm, ruining it.“After 8 years & 20,000 acres: “They [the Aricks firming & closing bushing kits] were good the whole way through. I never had any problems with them at all. I would recommend them to anyone.”
Aricks Bushing Kits VideosAbout Aricks Opener Main Pin KitHow to Install Aricks Bushing Kits on John Deere 60/90 No-till DrillsHow to Install Aricks Opener Main Pin Kit on John Deere 50/60/90 No-till Drills“We rebuilt the drill this year and it’s been extremely impressive on the rebuild. We put on the better blades [Forges de Niaux], DuraLok firming wheels and the Aricks Main Pins/Bushings. We got to noticing our seed slot was getting very narrow and we just happened to receive one of your flyers that addressed that. We had a lot of slop in those bushings. We planted about 700 ac of soybeans this year and we are getting the best stands we’ve ever seen with this drill. I am very impressed with your products! We don’t mind running this older equipment if you can make it work. You guys [Exapta] have figured out some stuff that other companies haven’t yet. And, your service has been excellent. You have helped us out a lot.”“So far I think our best decision has been the bushing kits. I installed them all last spring and have not had one row give me any problems! I love not having to grease 104 fittings! Keeping the press arm and closing arm free of seizing up makes everything else work on these 90 series openers.”
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.
Michael Beasley joined Exapta after serving in various financial roles over the course of his career, from Controller to Chief Operating Officer. He also spent many years in sales walking fields with growers and learning about their greatest challenges. Michael believes in the future of agriculture and the importance of no-till. He is a strong advocate for regenerative farming and soil health.
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.