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Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:07 pm
I saw a tobacco planter for sale on the internet and wonder if the planter would work for transplanting vegetables? It has two wheels angled toward each other where they meet the ground, which I presume is to press the soil on the newly planted tobacco plant. I can not see how the transplant would be delivered to the ground but there are two boxes on the unit that must be used to hold the transplants awaiting planting. Has anyone used one of these to transplant vegetables such as tomatoes?
Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:16 pm
I use one to plant sweet potatoes and white potatoes. I think it would work fine for tomatoes. They made many different kinds of trans planters. The New Holland Planter is the better one as far as I am concerned. If you need some pics let me know.
Make sure the planter is in good condition. You will also need the sprockets for it if it was last used for tobacco spacing will be too far apart. If the sword is worn badly it will not plant well. parts are a bit hard to find and they are pricey when you find them
Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:23 pm
was at an auction down here and two tobacca planters brought 60.00 each. everybody has just about quit farmin tobacca
Sat May 01, 2010 7:03 am
Tomatos, peppers, strawberries, celery, any plant that can be transplanted. I don't think cucumber and melon would do well after running through a transplanter.
Unlike Boss Hog, I like the Mechanical Transplanter brand best. That is probaly because my MT was new and I now use a well used Holland.
Agri-Supply has parts.
I loveto look down a row planted with a transplanter. The precise placement of the plants is beautiful.
Sun May 02, 2010 11:59 am
I have a Holland 1 row transplanter. All the parts are still available from the factory. I just typed in Holland transplanter and came up with their site. Friendly group of people. You can get extra gearing, plant holders, chain drive,ect....Mine has a barrel for water that pours a cup right on the plant. You can put fertilizer in with the water to the plants a boost. Just be sure to use a "low salt" type fertilizer. I use about 2 to 4 oz's per gallon of water. Good luck..Greg
Sun May 02, 2010 10:28 pm
was poking around in daddys old farming stuff and came across a 1 row watermelon transplanter gonna get out untangled from the junk and take a look see
Mon May 03, 2010 8:52 am
Tobacco was never grown much around here, just small patches for personal use, but I have always been fascinated with the transplanters, and have seen 2 main types. one had a chain and cup system where the rider placed individual plants in cups on the chain which moved it down to the ground and released them into the furrow and the presser wheels pushed the soil back in around the plants. The other type, 1 or two people rode on and put the plants in the furrow by hand. I know which one I would prefer to ride on.
Fri May 07, 2010 2:55 pm
When I was little we had a 1 row pull type Holland. It had been used for tobacco, but we planted tomatoes and the like. It was a mechanical one with fingers. My father in law has a couple old ones that don't have any fingers at all. There are basically 2 large disks that come together to hold the plants. You basically set your spacing by where you put the plants.
Fri May 07, 2010 7:23 pm
We used a Ellis pull type tobacco planter
Sat May 08, 2010 9:15 am
I'm using an older Rain flo transplanter for planting through plastic mulch. You need a little more acreage for production but cultivating between rows of plastic suits me fine. Put in beans and set a few hundred gladiolus bulbs yesterday (actually, they are corms)
Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:29 pm
I have an old single-row Mechanical Transplanter that is set for 2-foot plant spacing, and I used it to plant tomatoes back when I was gardening on a pretty large scale (about 4 acres). Put out about 600 plants the last year I used it and it worked fine. If you do plan to set tomatoes using a setter that has been used in tobacco, make sure to clean it thoroughly first to keep the tobacco mosaic virus from killing your tomatoes.
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