we run the great plains planters and love them to death..easy to set..monitor is awesome..the new plates are better then the white planters also...only down fall is that they are built. alot of weight to drag thru the mud..we run two of the sixteen row twin planters and havent had a problem
Our farm is a solid red one and we currently run two 1260 Case IH early riser 60 footers with 20 inch spacing. They do an excellent job when it comes to seed spacing and depth control but after running these for two years now I can write a book of criticism for what Case IH needs to improve on. I won’t say that you should not buy one because I have done side by side comparisons with the early riser verse a Deere and emergence is sooner and seed spacing is more accurate, but make damn sure you have a full set of sockets, wrenches, and a pickup full of spare parts. 99% of any issue that we had this year was due to sloppy assembly and I am in contact with Case IH engineering about all of the issues that we ran into so I am hoping for improvement. I have suggested several modifications that we will be making ourselves if Case does not that will improve its serviceability which is very poor when compared to a Deere. My biggest suggestion is when you get it, (if new) look for anything that is hard to get to and take it apart before planting season to make sure that everything is tight. By far our biggest issue this year was sloppy assembly leading to the screws that hold the hex shaft sprocket to the air clutch would come loose leading to the holes getting slopped out and requiring to replace the entire air clutch and sprocket. Depending on which row it was that it happened on it could be anywhere from a 30 minute to 2 hour break down since you need to remove all of the hanger bearings and air clutches between the hex shaft split and the one that went out. Not fun. Case IH is also still chain driven verse cable driven on a Deere. I would greatly prefer cable since if you are going into any standing stalk (corn/sunflowers) you WILL have chains popping off. Our next trades will most likely still be to Case IH again since they all have the pros and cons. Like said earlier Case IH has a very strong and heavy frame, easy to use monitor, etc. Good luck!
Take this with a grain of salt seeing as how I was never around Case IH planters until I went to school. But I almost feel like case IH planters would be a little more sensitive to certain conditions where as Kinze and Deere sacrifice a little precision for more versatility. I almost feel that in a conventional till program, Case IH would be the planter of choice but I don't feel that they're set up very well for no-till. I watched a video comparing a Case IH unit to a Kinze and the Case IH worked a lot better but they were also testing them in loose dirt. Not much rhyme or reason for this but just my 2 cents worth. Couldn't give you any info on Great Plains of White planters.