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Seed Lock Wheels

All About Seed Lock Wheels

Not too narrow, not too wide, not too rigid, not too soft, but just right.

Replaceable bearing

Now with chamfered hub to let dirt fall away more easily, for better bearing life. Easy bearing replacement when that time arrives.

Sleek narrow design stays clean

The narrow, sleek hub sheds mud better because there is more clearance between the hub and the firming arm. Also there aren’t bolt heads sticking out to snag on vines and straw. The urethane wheel ring itself stays cleaner than other designs too — and stays down in the bottom of the furrow better.

DuraLok vs Others for Seed Firming

The DuraLok is the narrowest firming wheel on the market at 0.45″, and outperforms the others because of this — it simply fits down into the very bottom of the furrow better. Further, when the soil is getting slightly hard or dry, or when you need extra firming such as for soybeans (they must draw more water to germinate than other crops), the relatively hard plastic of the DuraLok does a better job of imprinting the seed into the soil, unlike softer tires where the seed indents the tire instead of the seed embedding in the soil. We’ve done a lot of digging and comparing, and nothing else firms the seeds like DuraLok.

DuraLok vs Competitors for Mud

The sleek shape of the DuraLok allows it to stay clean when OEM & competitor (aftermarket) firming wheels are clogging with mud, pulling seeds out, and dragging mud against the gauge wheel. Even the SDX firming wheel was having more problems than the DuraLok (see photos below). A great many of our customers report that no other seed-lock wheel even comes close to staying as clean as the DuraLok. We’ll keep you running when all the others are clogged up.

“The Ninjas hardly wore at all. They fit down in the furrow so much better than other flaps on the market. I really appreciate what you guys are doing for the farmer.”
Ed Meng
Oregon, MO, Exapta customer since ’08 (Ninjas on JD 750)
“We used the DuraLoks on 4,800 acres with a 60-ft [Deere 1890] air drill. They worked better than OEM and [competitor aftermarket firming wheel] in wet conditions. The soil did not stick to the DuraLoks as much as to the others.”
Scott Arthaud
Keyes, OK
“I tested the DuraLok firming wheels. I highly recommend to pull off the JD wheels and put these on. I was impressed because they are thin enough to fit perfectly in the seed ‘v’ and have flexibility. I’ve never seen mud buildup on them either.”
John Heermann
Haxtun, CO Exapta customer since 2015 , (JD 1890 drill)
“I’m happy with the [DuraLoks]. They fit the seed slot well; they do a better job of not collecting mud than the other wheels I’ve tried. Overall, I’m very satisfied with them.”
Chris Hazell
Foremost, Alberta Exapta customer since 2011, (JD 1890 drill)

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.