Potato Digger- But what type?

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Potato Digger- But what type?

Postby Dieselrider » Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:44 pm

Does anyone have any idea what make, model or age of this is? Also, what do you suspect the wheel in the front is? Depth gage wheel? ThanksImage

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Re: Potato Digger- But what type?

Postby Bill Hudson » Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:56 pm

Can't tell you the make, model or age. However, it is probably not very compatible with a Cub, since it is PTO driven and is more-than-likely 540 RPM. That would require a speed reducer/reverser (a very expensive proposition). If you are fortunate enough to have the reducer/reverser, then PTO alignment becomes a problem.

It is an interesting piece, the first PTO driven one-row digger I've seen. The other one-rows I've seen have all been ground driven.

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Re: Potato Digger- But what type?

Postby Dieselrider » Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:10 pm

Oh yes, I understand that bill. thank you. I would run this behind something else for sure. I just am getting too old to crawl around the rows because the digger I was using wouldn't bring everything up on top. I have a Kubota to pull it with.
The cub I have is for cultivation mainly. Thanks again.

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Re: Potato Digger- But what type?

Postby Jim Becker » Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:47 pm

All the IH power drive diggers I have seen had the PTO shaft on the other side. IH did have an option of a fore truck with a roller similar to that in place of the 2-wheel truck. It was intended for use on uneven ground. Use of a fore truck to support the front of the digger helped maintain even digging depth. I notice the quadrant for the depth control mechanism is there (PTO shaft laying behind it) but the lever is missing.

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Re: Potato Digger- But what type?

Postby Dieselrider » Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:46 am

Jim Becker wrote:All the IH power drive diggers I have seen had the PTO shaft on the other side. IH did have an option of a fore truck with a roller similar to that in place of the 2-wheel truck. It was intended for use on uneven ground. Use of a fore truck to support the front of the digger helped maintain even digging depth. I notice the quadrant for the depth control mechanism is there (PTO shaft laying behind it) but the lever is missing.

The lever is there jim, it's just all the way back and behind the Quadrant you mention. I have been asking on other boards and apparently this is a John Deere and the first model was invented by an Issac Hoover in 1885. He manufactured the first ones (horse drawn) through John Deere and they then bought him out in 1926. I would guess that this is from the 30s, maybe 40s. I have seen a video of the model 30 or 33 that Deere had in the 50s and it is quite a bit different by then.
John Deere Potato Digger.jpg


Here is a pic of a two row very similar to the one I bought.

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Re: Potato Digger- But what type?

Postby Dieselrider » Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:51 am

Another question then comes to mind. I wonder if the lever to raise and lower the front can be manipulated from the tractor seat or, do you need to get off and on at the end of the row? I am thinking you would need to get on and off.

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Re: Potato Digger- But what type?

Postby Jim Becker » Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:55 am

The only reference pictures I have of Hoover/Deere diggers are mid-30s and mid-50s. If this is a Deere, which appears likely, it is from somewhere between the 2 pictures. I see the lever, now that you point it out. It seems that most digger companies simply removed the seat from horse drawn diggers to make tractor pulled versions, without bothering to relocate the levers. Looks to me like you would need to get off the tractor to move the lever. If you have much to dig and the machine checks out otherwise, it might be worthwhile to add a remote hydraulic cylinder.

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Re: Potato Digger- But what type?

Postby Dieselrider » Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:00 pm

Jim Becker wrote: it might be worthwhile to add a remote hydraulic cylinder.

That has already crossed my mind. Got it home today. Part of the handle is there. The bottom that engages is there, the top part with the hand clamp to release the spring clamps is not there. I'll have to fabricate something.


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