This guy bought one and likes it so well he became a dealer.
The only thing I have planted with it is soybeans. The seeder did a good job, but the seed was too old and didn't grow.
I bought mine from the factory at - https://hosstools.com/ I also got some extra plates and the drill template. Here is a short review I made a couple months ago when I got it. The changes I mention are going to be one of my winter projects.
It is solidly built using a simple design. They used rugged parts in the high stress and high wear areas, and cheaper parts in areas that do not need heavier and more expensive material. Overall, it looks like a machine that could last you many years with normal care and maintenance.
There was 3 minor things I noticed that I am going to change while getting it ready so that hopefully this will be the last planter I ever buy. Two are minor quality issues that could be resolved at the factory by making slight changes for virtually no cost. The third is something I believe would be an attractive option that would help sell the planter.
1 – The drive wheel has a small amount of side to side play. I am going to install flat washers to take up the slack. (Very simple fix.)
The factory needs to install 1/8” longer bushings on each side to keep the drive wheel in place or the drive wheel itself needs to be slightly wider to solve the problem.
2 – The punched hole in the sides of the drive wheel is slightly too large for the shaft it is mounted on which could cause excess wear after lots of use. I will install a shim of the proper thickness on the flat side of the shaft to tighten it up. (Very simple fix.)
The factory could just use a slightly smaller hole punch in the manufacturing process to solve the problem.
3 – The factory uses a light chain made from wire to run the planter box. I am going to install a roller chain to run between the gears for a much longer chain and gear life. I will also keep on hand a couple different size gears so I can change seed spacing by changing gear sizes. (Another very simple fix)
It seems like that would be a nice option to offer from the factory.
Edited by freedhardwoods, October 20, 2013 - 07:32 AM.