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Plant Jr. Corn/Seed Planter


In a trade with a neighbor yesterday I brought home a hand push corn planter; and I did so to add...

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Default Plant Jr. Corn/Seed Planter

In a trade with a neighbor yesterday I brought home a hand push corn
planter; and I did so to add to my collection of old hit n miss
engines and corn shellers and corn grinders that I use for a working
display at a couple local fairs. I thought it would be an
interesting piece to have to round out my "corn" display.

After closer investigation I found the "Planet Jr" logo on the top of
the hopper and also "No. 3" It seems mechanically complete and
probably will work fine after some soaking and cleaning. Both
handles are rotted at the mounting points but I took them off
carefully and it seems I can make two duplicates from some oak I have
laying around.

A couple questions if I may.....

How old is my unit?
Was it a popular model?
Does it have any value?
Is a manual available?

Any responses are genuinely appreciated,

Bruce
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Hey Bruce;

I do know that Planet Jr. was a very popular brand of machinery and they sold hundreds of thousands of units. I myself have a multi-purpose plow/cultivator/middlebuster (or maybe it's a potato digger?) made by Planet Jr. They were right up there with Cole as one of the top manufacturers of popular farm equipement in the southeast. Cole was bought out by Covington, who also seem to have resurrected the Planet Jr. name although I don't know if they purchased the rights or what. They have a very very brief history on their website and you might try contacting them to see if they have any records but I wouldn't hold my breath. Here's a pic of my unit. It belonged to my great-grandfather and then my grandfather and now me.

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Yeah, also disregard the fact that the arm which the plow pieces attach to is mounted backwards in that picture. I've fixed that! That's what happens when you don't take "before" pictures of how things went together!

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