Not sure how many farmers or ranchers there are in this bunch, so I will give a brief explanation of what a no till drill does. This particular model was a 14 ft seed drill which would cut open a small trench and deposit seeds or legumes and fertilizer without the need to first plow and disk the field.
Back in late 2013 friend of mine bought the thing at a real bargain price the only thing was he knew nothing about it or how it was supposed to work He could see it had a few issues that needed repairing so he brought it to me to make it work as best it could.
I convinced him that if I did that he would forever be cussing me every-time it broke down in the field, that the only way to really fix it would be to tear it down to the last bolt and rebuild it then he would have a tool that would last him for several years seeding 1000's of acres of land.
here are a few of the surviving photos that I have of the process
It started out like this all of the drive chains were missing many of the disk and colters were worn below minimum size all of the seeder registers were deteriorated the fertilizer box was rusted out some of the shafts were bent the main tool bar was bent sprockets were missing feed tubed missing and broken bolts everywhere but from 100 feet away if you stood at just the right angle it looked ready for the field
I began tearing it down
Not all of these pictures are in order but now the clean up and rebuild
Every piece and part had to be inspected some needed welding some straightening some parts had to be made new using the remants of the old parts as templets