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Plant Poppers, Dibble Wheels Make An Impression
Two Bad Cats’ Plant Poppers and Dibble Wheels came from on-farm, firsthand experience. Peter Giles was helping out a neighbor when he saw the need for better tools. The simple designs developed by Giles and his engineer dad Rick have since gone global.
TBC’s Dibble Wheels are multi-purpose. They are designed to leave an impression in beds to accurately space transplants. They can also be used over plastic mulch to punch holes.
“Plant Poppers are made for planting seed flats,” says Giles. “When the trays are full of soil, flip the Plant Popper over and press the pegs in lightly to make holes for seeds.”
“We’ve shipped them all over the world, as well as through national distributors in the U.S. and Canada,” says Giles, Two Bad Cats (TBC). “We’ve sold into most states and provinces. They fit small-scale farms all over the place.”
Versatility really makes the Dibble Wheels from TBC stand out. Removable dibbles let the user pick from 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 15, 22 and 41-in. spacing. The 2 1/2-in. long, 1-in. dia., aluminum dibbles are screwed in place to the 2-in. wide, plastic outer wheel and easily reversed to point inward. Push handles are offset to avoid walking on a bed.
“We started making the single Dibble Wheels and then expanded,” says Giles.
TBC markets Single Dibble Wheels for $229.99. The Adjustable Dibblers (double wheels) are priced at $349.99. The Infinite Dibbler for multiple wheels starts at $134.99 for the 12-in. spacing. It is also available in widths of 18, 32 and 36-in. widths for up to 4 wheels on 12-in. spacings. The Infinite Dibbler can be ordered with 2 arms for use by 2 people or as Cat 0 and Cat 1 3-pt. hitch models. Extra wheels are priced at $129.99.
Giles makes Plant Poppers for use with several common brands of starter flats. Prices start at $49.99 for a 50-plug T.O. Plastics tray. All Plant Poppers are made from warp and crack resistant wood, and hardwood pins using linseed oil as the only coating.
TBC also makes other small farm aides like grid rollers for row and plant spacing, a tine weeder and more.
“People like our simple and easy to understand designs,” says Giles. “We try to keep our tools as simple as possible.”
Rental and demo Dibble Wheels are available. As a special customer service, the website has a page devoted to home made dibble wheels, based on what Giles has learned. They even offer to sell some of the components used in their designs.
“We offer our design and advice for non-commercial use only,” says Giles. “Feel free to make one for your farm, but please don’t make extras to sell.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Two Bad Cats, 11 Brookside Lane, North Clarendon, Vt. 05759 (ph 802 775-8233; pete@twobadcatsllc.com; www.twobadcatsllc.com).


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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #4