No-till Drill Parts & Equipment
Closing Wheels for Drills
Thompson Wheel T44 with stub shaft, for JD 60/90/Pro-series drills. Zinc plate finish, Bolt-on star wheel = cost-effective replacement stars. Made from military-grade armor plating, for even longer wear life. Includes 1 wheel, 4 bolts, 1 spindle/shaft. For orders of 32 or more, please call for freight truck pricing. US Patent No 6,907,833Fits most JD, Kinze, AGCO White, and Great Plains planters. Also fits JD 50-series drills; Case SDX (with seed-lock wheels); and Case P-500 drill using special bracket & torsion spring from Exapta. Includes star wheel, snap-ring & bearing (installed), flat steel shroud, dustcap.$3.15
All About Closing Wheels for Drills
- NEW: Bolt-on star wheel = cost-effective replacement stars
- Zinc plating for even longer wear life
- Same proven spoke design we’ve used for 20 years.
- Aggressive furrow closing with self-limiting depth
- Creates ideal zone for crop emergence & rooting
- Heavy-duty bearing with 5-yr guarantee
- Doesn’t overpack
Thompson closing wheels are an excellent upgrade for John Deere 50, 60, and 90-series drills, and bolt easily onto the original closing arms. The OEM cast closing wheels on the Deere drills have a ridiculous tendency to hop because of their weight and smoothness, and the angle of the arm’s pivoting, and really hammer the soil when they land after being airborne. Even when running smoothly with low spring pressure, heavy cast closing wheels tend to seriously over-pack the soil, reducing emergence and early growth. Thompson wheels completely avoid the problem, since they weigh far less than JD and certain aftermarket wheels, and actively pull themselves into the soil.
Sizing Things Up
The bearing from a competitor’s wheel setting inside the Thompson wheel’s housing for its huge bearing. Our bearing features a triple-lip seal, as well as our unique patented shroud to protect the bearing face from fertilizer and water. We’re so confident in our bearing arrangement, we guarantee it for 5 years.
The Thompson wheel’s high-carbon spokes resist wear and bending for an exceptionally long life. The thinness of the wheel allows it to easily enter the soil, for excellent breakage of the sidewall. Now with zinc plating for even longer wear-life.
Bolt-on Star Wheel
The wheel uses 4 bolts to attach it to the spindle so when you wear down the wheel in the future, you can just purchase the star, and not have to buy the whole assembly. You’ll spend far less money to replace a worn out Thompson wheel in the future with the new replaceable star.
An honest assessment from numerous observations by 3rd-party scientists and farmers.
* Closing wheels that don’t pack the soil above the seed (a good thing) shouldn’t be used without a separate in-furrow firming device (seed-lock wheel, or the Fin).
Closing Wheels for Drills in the News
Featured in No-Till Farmer: For Ambitious No-Tillers: There’s No Place Like Home
Almost to the Colorado border, these far western KS no-tillers credit some of their success to good seeding equipment set up — including Exapta’s Thompson wheels on their drill as well as their planter (although we do worry about the T-whls on their planter not being ran with a seed firmer).
Featured in No-Till Farmer: Using Residue Layers, Precision Tools to Boost No-Till Profitability
Todd Yackley says he uses Exapta Solution’s Thompson closing wheels on his planter as an aggressive furrow-closing tool with self-limiting depth.
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.