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#1 diesel nut ONLINE  

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Posted May 30, 2020 - 09:33 PM

Hi all,  My dad just dug this old Planet Jr. seeder out of the attic in the Ell of my grandpas farmhouse.  As I understand it my great-grandpa bought it new or almost new and used it in his garden for years and then my grandpa used it for a while before it was put away.  My dad wants to use it so he and my niece can plant corn this upcoming week.  The problem is my great-grandpa has been gone about 36 years and my grandpa doesn't remember how to set it up.  I've looked around and can't find an operators manual for it anywhere.  Does anyone happen to know where I could find one or know how to set it up properly for corn?  Here's a few pics of it since they made so many different ones.  Thanks in advance,  Stewart

 

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Posted May 31, 2020 - 04:46 AM

Diesel nut,

 

There is a group on Facebook of guys that collect and use old equipment like this, if you or someone you know gets on Facebook.  I can guarantee that someone on there can tell you how to set it up. 

 

Planet jr equipment was well made, well thought out, and a pleasure to use. 

 

Congrats on having a family heirloom that is still a viable piece of equipment!

 

Regards,

 

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Posted May 31, 2020 - 06:38 AM

I answered you at the other place - 



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Posted May 31, 2020 - 08:38 AM

Some info in this Simplicity file on the seeder they supplied may help.

https://gardentracto...-and-spreaders/

 

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Posted May 31, 2020 - 09:21 PM

Thanks for the suggestions.  I'll have to see if I can get my brother to find that group and see what info he can get as I want nothing to do with that place.  After looking it over on the bench I believe this is set up more like a drop seeder as there's no seed plates.  It looks like you fill the Mason jar and screw it on, set a gate to whatever seed you're planting and as it goes along it opens as needed to drop the seed



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Posted June 01, 2020 - 04:00 PM

This link is to an instruction manual for a similar Planet Jr model 300 that may be of interest to you.

 

https://woodwardcros...-Breakdown.pdf 


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Posted June 03, 2020 - 12:12 PM

I finally got a chance to take a few pictures of the mechanism that drops the seeds. 

20200603_120627.jpeg  There's a rod that runs up to the handle that you pull which moves the arm with the spring up and pulls the tab that the pencil is pointing to down. This turns it on and allows everything to move.

20200603_121010.jpeg  With the lever pulled it lets the arm in the top of this pic ride on the wavy ridge on the inside of the wheel.

20200603_120709.jpeg  Closed so no seed can get out.

20200603_120849.jpeg  All the way open with the arm that rides on the wheel on a high spot. Pencil is pointing to a ridge on the plate that shakes the seed down.

20200603_120807.jpeg  Another open with the arm on a low spot. Ridge is offset. The spring in the top of the pic keeps tension on the plate to bring the ridge back to the middle as the wheel turns.


Looks like it's pretty simple to operate so hopefully it goes good for my dad when he uses it.

I managed to get the info tag that tells you how far to move plate forward for what seed cleaned up. It doesn't list corn but when its all the way open is for planting peas so that should work with the corn seeds. It lists turnip, celery, onion, radish, parsnip,carrot, spinach, beet, salsify, beans, and peas for the seeds
 
 
 

 


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Posted June 03, 2020 - 04:48 PM

Pretty clever!



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Posted June 24, 2020 - 02:52 PM

What is Salsify?



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Posted June 24, 2020 - 03:14 PM

What is Salsify?

I had to look it up cause I've never heard of it either.  It's a vegetable that looks similar to a carrot in shape and apparently fell out of common use after refrigerators become more common making it easier to preserve other vegetables.  https://www.farmersa...s-salsify-21927


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Posted July 02, 2020 - 02:45 PM

I had to look it up cause I've never heard of it either.  It's a vegetable that looks similar to a carrot in shape and apparently fell out of common use after refrigerators become more common making it easier to preserve other vegetables.  https://www.farmersa...s-salsify-21927

 

 

I'll have to try some. I have never seen it before.






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