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Our Deere 450 Drill allows fertilizer to pour out

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Our John Deere 450 Drill allows fertilizer to pour out sporadically from gaps around the rollers. What can be done to fix this problem?

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Ok. Please do.

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing this yourself? What have you tried so far?

We have tried to adjust the guide above the rollers but had had no succesd

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That’s about it

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Agriculture and Farm Equipment
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Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 4 months ago
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Hi ,My name is Dan. I will be glad to help. We can follow up as needed on here, Give me some time to review your information and post my responses. Im not an employee of the site but I help on here as time allows in between jobs. Response time will vary depending on my work load , etc. What is your serial number?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Dan,
Not sure. I’ll check.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
The fertilizer settings are understood. The problem is that the fertilizer pours out freely on either side of the baffles
Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 4 months ago
Is there room to add some rubber such as mud flap material to close those gaps? If there is that is what I would do if there is no signs of damage or excessive wear causing too much of a gap there. Let me know.
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I hate to retrofit the spaces. Is this a common problem. We bought the drill used but it appears in excellent shape with little wear and tear. I’ve never encountered such a problem
Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 4 months ago
Let me know if this sounds like a good solution for you and if not let me know and if you could at that point upload some photos of the gap that is creating this problem and the area I will try to offer some other Solutions as well.
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Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 4 months ago

Click on this link

Troubleshooting

Also below to check your adjustments

Manual

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I will shoot some pics and send them. If we try to place rubber next to the slots it would require screws and I fear it would sporadically affect the settings. I hate to cobble it up.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
We have the manual and trouble shooting chart. There appears to be no reference to what we are experiencing.
Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 4 months ago

Thanks for the update. I will wait for the photos and we will see if we can figure out a solution. Does it seem like too much material build up and that is why it is pushing out?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No. Everything is clean and appears to be very well maintained. The problem appears that the fertilizer feed wheels are too narrow to cover the square holes where the fertilizer is dispensed. Thus, while stopped the fertilizer freely falls out the sides by the feeder wheels.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Do you think it has the wrong size feeder wheels?
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Any suggestions?
Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 4 months ago
Thanks for the photos. I'm thinking either wrong size or excessively worn causing too much clearance between the feed wheels and the openings.
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
There is no obvious wear.
Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 4 months ago

How do they compare to the dimension of a new roller? by measurement?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Not sure. I don’t know the dimensions of a new feeder wheel.
Mechanic: Dan, Technician replied 4 months ago

im not finding that spec either. Maybe your local vendor has one on the shelf and may measure it up for you to compare what you have.

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