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The 1870 becomes the new P500 Precision Air Hoe Drill featuring TruSet depth/pressure control for accurate seed placement, RelativeFlow blockage monitoring for confidence in seeding rates from row to row, and is available in 40 ft, 56 ft. or 76 ft. sizes to match your needs.

You can see the difference right away. With its 76-foot frame, the P500 Air-Hoe Drill is 36% wider compared to the 56-foot P500 a significant upgrade in productivity. And while your in-field performance is heightened, retractable openers allow for some of the narrowest transport dimensions on the market. This makes field-to-field travel and serviceability a lot easier.

With all the talk about additional working width, its easy to forget that some of the biggest growth with the P500 Drill isnt something that can be measured in feet and inches. Its in the agronomics. With exclusive features such as TruSet technology and RelativeFlow blockage software, the P500 Drill delivers the next-generation performance you need to help you reach the full potential of each seed. Simply trying to measure the value of the P500 Drill by its size alone doesnt do it justice. The true value of this drill, frankly, is beyond measure.

Seed smart with the precision performance of the P500 Air-Hoe Drill. The P500's exclusive opener gives you hydraulic precision depth control that senses and adapts to changing terrain and field conditions. Fertilizer shanks and seed boots maintain consistent depth for accurate seed and fertilizer placement row after row, pass after pass, acre after acre. The result is uniform emergence across the field with opportunities for higher yields.

Applying fertilizer while seeding? The 1870 uses two independent hydraulic accumulators that let you set packing pressure and fertilizer trip force individually. This design eliminates the need for continuous flow from the tractor, reducing heat build-up in the hydraulic oil and the potential for lost horsepower, all while assuring uncompromised depth control and consistent seed and fertilizer spacing. You can even feather the press-wheel down pressure as needed to match changing field conditions.

Depth control
Avoid overlaps and skips
Connecting hydraulics to the tractor
Blockage warning systems can save skips in field


The hydraulic shank seeding tool uses a rigid frame for strength and support and the openers are designed to allow independent downforce for a more uniform depth. The opener design allows for banding fertilizer to 15.2 cm (6 in.) within the seedbed and up to 11.4 cm (4.5 in.) of separation. The deep fertilizer opener doubles as a tillage tool to shatter the hard pan for improved root development, water infiltration and seedbed warmth.

John Deere P500 key agronomic benefits:
Freshly exposed black soil is able to attract the suns radiation, warming the ground and promoting early germination
Good seed to soil contact which is necessary for germination.
Seed row has been cleared of any residue or straw which provides a clear growth path and allows for abundant access to sunlight.
Starter nutrients placed next to seed on the shelf, promote early plant growth.
The trench left behind helps in cupping rainfall and preventing water run-off, providing more moisture for the plant.

When seeding small grains and oil seeds, consistent seed and fertilizer depth control are critical. By using two independent hydraulic accumulator force systems, the John Deere opener allows the seed and fertilizer opener trip forces to be set independently. The use of independent hydraulic accumulator technology, combined with the separate packer wheel force, allows seed-depth gauging to be done on each individual row by the press wheel.

Producers are able to maintain safe seed and fertilizer separation with depth placement up to 15.2 cm (6 in.) for the fertilizer. Setting the fertilizer and seed depth is very simple. Fertilizer depth across the machine is set by the frame. Adjusting the seed tube up or down on each row-unit sets the preferred seed depth. The tube is positively locked tight by the freshly designed cam system.

For the 23.2-m (76-ft) 1870 TruSet technology will control depth and pressure.

Whether using dry, liquid or anhydrous ammonia, the John Deere P500 opener has the options that fit the application needs.

The anhydrous high top has a thicker tube wall (1.3-cm [0.5-in.] outer diameter) than the aqua anhydrous tip, though the inner diameter of both tips are equal. The NH3 knives may also be used in combination with the included dry-delivery tube for those wanting to apply NH3 and dry fertilizers simultaneously in the same fertilizer trench.

The mud-proof combination: dry-fertilizer tube and tip, is available for those applying dry fertilizers only. This is recommended for running in sticky, heavy clay-type soils. However, it works well in all soil types, preventing mud from plugging the fertilizer tube opening or in light soils that tend to cave in before the fertilizer is placed.

If seeding with dry fertilizer only, this option is highly recommended. The fertilizer exits the tube at a lower point, allowing growers desiring to place fertilizer at shallower depths more consistently.

The lower fertilizer exit point also allows the fertilizer to get to the bottom of the trench when more fertilizer and seed separation is desired, and for those light soils that tend to cave in the trench before the fertilizer is placed.

Exclusive TruSet depth and pressure control has taken adjustability on the 23.2-m (76-ft) P500 to a whole new level. Rather than using manual valve handles, pressure control dials on the monitor let growers make adjustments to trip force and packing pressure from inside the cab.

Controls on the GS3 2630 Display also allow operators to predetermine a targeted seeding and fertilizer depth and changes to maximum and minimum working depth can be made easily on the same run screen. There is no longer a need to get out of the cab to add or remove shims and spacers for depth changes. Plus, TruSet makes side-to-side frame leveling easier. It adjusts at the press of a button on the GS3 2630 Display.

There is a rotary position sensor under the TruSet plate. In the lower right-hand corner is the valve that regulates the flow of oil to and from the cylinder. There is a sensor associated with each wheel module or six per machine.

Competitive tractors require an add-on selective control valve (SCV) kit for TruSet to function properly.

With the RelativeFlow blockage system, operators can see the flow rate of both seed and fertilizer from inside the tractor cab. Sensors on delivery hoses monitor the relative product flow across the drill, from opener to opener. This exclusive technology gives a better view of what is happening across the tool in order to spot problems before blockage occurs.

RelativeFlow Blockage is available on the following models:
1890 - 15.2-m (50-ft) and 18.3-m (60-ft)
P500 - 12.2-m (40-ft), 17.1-m (56-ft), and 23.2-m (76-ft)
1895 - 18.3-m (60-ft)
N500C all widths

Blockage warning sensitivity allows the producer to set and change the sensitivity of the sensors to meet their preferences. Increasing the sensitivity means the system is more likely to show a false blockage, while less sensitivity means the system is more likely to miss a blockage.

The P500 has two cast seed boots available. Depending on a growers seed and fertilizer placement preference in different soils or different crops, the P500 can meet the users needs. The cast opener was designed with simplicity in mind. One tube is all that is necessary. Switching from single to paired row has never been easier; simply remove the two bolts holding the cast opener in place, remove and replace with new opener.

Paired row: with shanks on 30.5-cm (12-in.) spacing, paired rows can be planted with 22.9-cm (9-in.) spacing. Seed is banded in two rows above and to the sides of the furrow. Total tillage in this zone is 7.6-cm (3-in.) wide with about 25 percent seedbed utilization (SBU).

Seed is laid on a 2-cm (0.75-in.) shelf while fertilizer is placed in a 2.5-cm (1-in.) band between and below the two seed rows, keeping the seed from burning.

Side banded: if the seeding operation calls for side banding, the seed tube places the seed on a firm bed of soil above and to the side of fertilizer. There are 30.5-cm (12-in.) rows across the machine with positive separation between seed and fertilizer up to 11.4 cm (4.5) in.

See your John Deere dealer for a complete list of available features and options.

Similar models may be shown in addition to the featured model. Equipment may be shown with options.

Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.
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