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Re: Potato Harvester

Postby Jerry M » Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:21 am

Wow, great video. That thing works fantastic. great pics. too. Man, you grew some big potato's.

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Re: Potato Harvester

Postby papermaker » Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:00 pm

I need to send "Uncle Sam" some money and then I think I'll approach the guy. I know his father-in-law owned a Cub back in the '50's so I think it may be an IH. Bob in CT my e-mail address is Skeetshooter01@roadrunner.com
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Re: Potato Harvester

Postby papermaker » Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:08 pm

Stopped to look at the potato harvesters today. The smaller one was made by ????? potato manufacturing co. The larger one was indeed a IHC exactly like the one in the previous photos. The front wheels have been removed and a hitch had been crudely fabricated. The owner wasn't home but talked with his granddaughter and said that they haven't been used in years. I'll have to check back later to see if he's interested in dealing.
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Re: Potato Harvester

Postby Jerry M » Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:00 pm

papermaker wrote:Stopped to look at the potato harvesters today. The smaller one was made by ????? potato manufacturing co. The larger one was indeed a IHC exactly like the one in the previous photos. The front wheels have been removed and a hitch had been crudely fabricated. The owner wasn't home but talked with his granddaughter and said that they haven't been used in years. I'll have to check back later to see if he's interested in dealing.



Good luck papermaker : go gettem "BOTH". Jerry The smaller one may even be easier to pull with the cub. :)
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Re: Potato Harvester

Postby Rudi » Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:30 am

I have a Massey-Harris #1 digger and I had the front truck as well. Like an idiot, I thought that the truck was a waste of my time.. now I am kicking me butt. I haven't found an IH one yet, but I am looking. IF it has the front truck I will keep it that way.

Most of these diggers that a Cub can haul safely were originally Horse Drawn diggers, and they work nicely both with the original trucks intact or even with the front trucks removed. I would never dream of selling my digger, and I have had some pretty serious offers. I paid almost $300.00Cdn for mine and it was a good deal, and so far I have refused $500.00Cdn.

THey are getting harder to find, but when you find em, grabem .. there are a lot of fun. Potatoes are one of the easiest crops to grow and it is a staple. The amount of potatoes you can harvest out of an acre garden is higher than most other products and they keep well over the winter especially in a cold room or root cellar.

The Massey-Harris diggermanual is availabe for those who want it, and it will be on the server soon. I also have manuals for a couple of IH Diggers, but not the 5A unfortunately. I am hoping to acquire one at some point.

Oh, this type of tater digger makes a good rock picker and should you tow a trailer behind it to collect the rock harvest making it easier to utilize the rocks as rip-rap or other landscape uses :big smile:
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Re: Potato Harvester

Postby krose » Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:04 pm

That is a great video! Love to see the old equipment running like that.
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Re: Potato Harvester

Postby papermaker » Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:18 pm

Finally found someone home. That's as far as the good news goes. The owner hasn't planted potatoes for twenty years and I guess this is the year he's going to plant. Very nice people to talk with though. I left my name and phone number with them and asked that if they ever do want to sell to give me a call. Just a little disappointed. Oh well on to the next project!!!
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Re: Potato Harvester

Postby Jerry M » Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:43 pm

Keep ya spirits up Papermaker. Trust me, I've talked to quite a few of the ol'farmers that had stuff that they had no interest in until I told them I was interested in it. Then all of a sudden the junk thats been out in the weather for years becomes a valuble piece of antique equipment. :lol:

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Re: Potato Harvester

Postby ncourtney » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:15 pm

Hello everyone

I am new to this site but my dad has just obtained a potato digger and I was hoping to get him a copy of the manual. I realize this is an old post but is there any chance someone could email me a copy. nick.j.courtney@gmail.com

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Re: Potato Harvester

Postby bob in CT » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:46 pm

All kinds of good manual links above, when you have time to explore. Here is the one you are looking for:
http://www.farmallcub.com/fcman/download.php?fname=./files/McCormick-Deering%20Implements%20and%20Attachment%20Manuals/McCormick%20Deering%20Potato%20Digger.pdf

and......


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Re: Potato Harvester

Postby olebluegrassboy » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:57 am

This brings back memories of my childhood. Granddad always had several rows of potatoes on one side of one of the tobacco patches. He used an old horse drawn potato digger behind the tractor, but he never would let us ride on the seat! (Probably a wise move on his part.) We did get to pick up the potatoes and pile them on the wagon pulled by another tractor. Sorry to say, both tractors were Olivers, and the potato digger was much smaller, no front wheels and not much behind the back wheels.
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Re: Potato Harvester

Postby pharmerphil3 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:26 pm

:thumbsup:

Now that is COOL!
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