Ingersoll Opener Blades
- For JD 50/60/90 drills; same dimensions as OEM (18.0″ x 5mm)
- More affordable than Deere’s current Bellota blades (and equal or better quality)
- Much sharper & maintain diameter better than some other aftermarket blades (Osmundson, etc)
- Reduce hairpinning & improve soil penetration
Perhaps because of the light we shed on the matter, JD and some aftermarket companies have improved their game with higher quality offerings. We have too, with the Forges de Niaux 200—which is even stronger and has 20% more wear-life than the next-best—our old standby, the Ingersolls. The general hierarchy for wear-life, sharpness, and quality/consistency is Niaux 200 > Ingersoll ≥ Bellota (JD since 2016) > Osmundson (JD 2015 & prior). The Forges de Niaux truly takes it to the next level. Exapta brings you the best of the best.
Blade sharpness is critical, and we were advocates of frequent blade replacement long before we ever started selling any opener blades. Dull blades hinder the cutting of straw and stalks—resulting in hairpinning, i.e., tucking the residue into the furrow with the seed sandwiched in the middle—as well as poor cutting of the soil itself. Attempting to overcome this requires more down-pressure and frame weight, sometimes a great deal more.
A few companies are selling aftermarket blades that are larger diameter than OEM, which is 18″. This is undesirable for a couple reasons: First, larger blades result in more hairpinning (unless you’re planning to cut a furrow 5″ deep). For seeding depths of 1.5 – 2.5″, you really want blades that are only 15 – 16″ diameter; 18″ is a bit too large already. Secondly, if you typically seed about 1.75 – 2″ deep (and this is where these drills work best), going to a larger blade will create more of a gap between the lower edge of the seed boot and the soil surface, causing more seeds to escape (and lowering the boot to the bottom hole may not put the boot at the proper spot either, depending on the exact blade diameter being used).
20% more wear-life than the next-best—our old standby, Ingersoll-Canada. The Niaux 200s also stay sharp longer. But the additional wear life on the Niaux 200s doesn’t impair their toughness, because the extra hardening occurs only on the outermost inch or so (also, they use a different steel to handle the additional hardening—it’s not the usual 15B30 steel that all the other blades are made from).
While Niaux 200s last 20% longer than Ingersolls, and stay sharp longer, Ingersolls in turn typically have a 20% wear-life advantage over Osmundson. Not to mention the Ingersolls are much, much sharper when new. See our newsletter for more information.
“I tried the JD and the Ingersoll opener blades. Our JD 1895 drill (42ft on 10”) runs across 5000 acres on average a year. I could never get entirely through the year with JD or Ingersoll blades, but with the Forges de Niaux blades I can get another 500-1000 acres. I am very happy with these. We have such hard rocks and soil that we run across, so it’s really hard to keep disc up-to-par. With the Forges de Niaux openers we can actually make it through the season and then some.”
“Your Ingersoll blades were 1/8″ larger diameter than JD [Osmundson] blades after one season on the same drill.”
“We were very pleased with the Ingersoll blades! They seem to wear much better & starting out with sharp blades is a great help—No hair pinning. The last blades we bought from John Deere were terrible. They were dull & didn’t wear well.”
“I was pleased with the blades. They didn’t get the blunt edge like competitor blades tend to, which of course is great for performance. I will continue to use them.”