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New Cup-Type Potato Planter
If you're a truck gardener or small farmer you'll be interested in our new cup-type potato planter. It uses easy-to-find drive parts and bearings that are readily available across the U.S. The 1 and 2-row planters are fully mounted and can be used on tractors with Cat. I or II hitches. Their light weight allows use of a smaller, more maneuverable tractor. The 2-row model adjusts to row spacings from 26 to 36 in. The low height of the 200-lb. capacity seed hopper makes it easy to load from the ground on a pickup bed.
The planter can handle either whole or cut seed. Two cup inserts are available to allow the operator to adjust for three basic seed sizes. A complete set of built-in drive sprockets provide seed spacings from 8 to 15 in. All wheels drive the planter for less slippage and more accurate seed spacing.
Normally, a 1-row planter is set up to plant in the middle of the tractor width, which is a disadvantage with the wider spaced rear tires on larger tractors. The planting unit of our 1-row planter can be mounted off-center to pro-vide the same row spacing as a 2-row planter without the expense or weight of the second planting unit. The 2-row planter will plant about 2 acres per hour, depending on seed spacing and planting speed. For smaller tractors, a pull-type model is planned.
The planters are backed by a 2-year re-placement parts warranty and a toll-free technical support line. Prices start at $1,995 for the 1-row planter. (Larry Anderson, AFIVEPLUS, Inc., Rt. 2, Box 297, Torrington, Wyo. 82240 ph 888 522-1554 or 307 534-1818; fax 1812)

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #5