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Super-duty opener assemblies for JD XP, ME5 planters!

We now have Forges de Niaux opener blade assemblies for late-model JD planters (XP & ME5). And with larger bearings than OEM or other aftermarket! These puppies use Peer double-row 205 bearings, whereas OEM and other aftermarket are double-row 204 bearings (smaller diameter). They also use 5/16″ rivets instead of 1/4″.

Other steps are taken to assure quality fit and bearing longevity. For instance, the heavy-duty stamped steel bearing hub is finish-machined, unlike OEM and other aftermarket. This insures a precise fit of the bearing, so it runs cooler, and eliminates distortions that shorten wear-life. The rivet holes are machined as the final step, so that they align perfectly with the blade’s holes.


So, not only do we fully expect 20% longer wear life from the Niaux blade versus the next-best (Ingersolls or Bellota), and remaining sharper during that life, but also have bearings and other components to last long enough to actually be able to easily run for those 20% additional acres.

Exapta hasn’t done much with planter opener blade assemblies until now—we were never able to offer anything that was better, and we don’t like selling something unless we have a significant advantage over what’s already on the market. So, here you go! A great fix for anyone who has trouble trashing out bearings quickly, or breaking rivets out of the hubs on JD XP / ME5 planters, in tough no-till conditions.

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.