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Cheap planter idea

Postby BullDAWG » Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:15 pm

Right now this is just an idea, but looks like others have done it and it works, so I'm showing it here and will keep ya'll updated on progress

I first saw a guy on youtube with 1 earthway planter mounted to a toolbar and then saw a guy who mounted 4 earthway's together. My Idea is to combine these ideas and make a 1-4 row planter thats half the cost of just a 1 row covington or similar planter.

Here are the pics and maybe others here have done this or will do after seeing this...
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Now I'm thinking I need to modify this so each planter can swivel up n down seperatly so when uneven ground is encountered they can still all plant seed.
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Re: Cheap planter idea

Postby SONNY » Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:08 pm

The problem with earthway planters, is that they need to be tipped to one side so seed runs towards the plate. I have one and found it to be true the one time that I tried to use it!---worked fair on sweetcorn, problem there is that it spits out a lot of seed instead of putting it in the ground. The box needs a clear plastic lid on it to help keep seed in.
I also found that I had to walk very slow for it to work at all.
Your idea sounds great and hope it works well for you! thanks; sonny

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Re: Cheap planter idea

Postby Slim140 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:40 pm

SONNY wrote:The problem with earthway planters, is that they need to be tipped to one side so seed runs towards the plate. I have one and found it to be true the one time that I tried to use it!---worked fair on sweetcorn, problem there is that it spits out a lot of seed instead of putting it in the ground. The box needs a clear plastic lid on it to help keep seed in.
I also found that I had to walk very slow for it to work at all.
Your idea sounds great and hope it works well for you! thanks; sonny

+1 on what Sonny said and also you won’t be able to go very far before you have to refill the hopper since they are so small. I have an earthway seeder, it has its place in our small garden but if I can use something else, I do.
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Re: Cheap planter idea

Postby radioguy41 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:08 pm

I'm in the process of adapting a Cole/Planet Jr to my homemade hitch. The piece between the planter and the hitch is a pintle adapter.

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Re: Cheap planter idea

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:24 pm

The older Earthway planters have the probl3eem described, but the newer one I bought has a sloped bottom in the hopper to dire3ct all the seed into the dispencer, and I have never had a problem with it spitting out corn seed. They will need a little weight to hold them down.
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Re: Cheap planter idea

Postby outdoors4evr » Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:27 am

That earthway hopper is small, but plastic. Seems like a taller hopper could be 3D Printed quite easily.
For a lid, use a plastic bag (like a ziplock bag) with a rubber band.
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Re: Cheap planter idea

Postby Jim Becker » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:49 am

The Earthway seed delivery design doesn't work well with too much seed in the existing hopper. (There is a fill limit line cast into the inside of the hopper.) I imagine you could extend the capacity with something patterned after a dog waterer. But just extending the height of the hopper probably would not work out well.


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