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We Found a Transplanter

EmersonFan

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Myself and Picn and Truckn just found something new in a lean-to at the Paulson Ag Museum of Argyle.
I had seen it before but I thought it was a home-made sprayer of some sort; just a galvanized barrel with a stamped seat on it, some big steel wheels and a home-made drawbar. (and a stamped seat).
Then we noticed it has these two seats behind it, a couple inches off the ground.
Like some sort of two-seat go-cart or something.

Wow, I'm glad my Dad didn't have one of these when I was a kid. I know where I would have been.
I'm pretty sure it says Bemis Transplanter on the end of that barrel.
 

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EmersonFan

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the transplanter was not the oddest thing we found Monday night.
this is better than spelunking, I tell you.

I meant to say bomb snatcher.
I don't suppose anyone knows what this is ?
 

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Kent McMakin

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Re: We found a Transplanter

Mike, I saw that transplanter there the other day also, hidden away. Looks like a Bemus, made by the Madison Plow Co. They seem to have been a very popular transplanter as they are not that uncommon around Wisconsin.
 

EmersonFan

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My Uncle Randall used a transplanter to sprig tobacco and later used it for peppers. But everyone sat up on it.
I started laughing when I realized these seats are only a couple inches off the ground.
I bet no one ever broke their fingers or anything, sitting back there, sticking plant parts right into the ground.
 

Kirk Taylor

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My Uncle Randall used a transplanter to sprig tobacco and later used it for peppers. But everyone sat up on it.
I started laughing when I realized these seats are only a couple inches off the ground.
I bet no one ever broke their fingers or anything, sitting back there, sticking plant parts right into the ground.
Modern transplanters are no different. I occasionally help friends of mine transplant vegetables. A wheel on the transplanter punches holes in the plastic mulch and runs water into the hole. Two people then stick plants into each of the holes and pull the soil around the roots. Onions are perhaps the worst since they are spaced only a couple of inches apart.
Many jobs around the farm are significantly more dangerous than riding the transplanter.
 

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Ken Karrow

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Re: We found a Transplanter

That is why tractors sold in truck farm areas have an extra low speed gear in transmission. Have watched the machine used to pick cabbage and such. One guy drives tractor, eight guys on seats just above the ground cut heads and put on conveyor to upper level, two guys boxing heads and onto another conveyor to side and another guy standing in back of truck stacking the boxes and the thirteenth guy driving the truck right along side the other machine. Attachment to pulled machine folds the boxes and glues or tapes them, one box made for every one that goes to the ttruck. Something to watch.
 

EmersonFan

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Ken: I've seen that done, and I agree; it's a natural transition from a transplanter to that type harvesting operation. I only saw little 2-row transplanters pulled by tractors; the pickup truck was carrying the flats. I think we may have a kind of unique opportunity to borrow a 1.5-ton Ford model BB for a few years, and we could put the Bemis Transplanter in the back of it. It's unusual and people might enjoy seeing it. If there's a few square feet to spare, maybe I should put a couple pig-ticklers in there also.
 

EmersonFan

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Re: We found a Transplanter

Junkologist: I don't know if I ever responded to your post here.
I just now watched all the posts on your trans planter. I love it.
I think I saw a very similar machine somewhere in Wisconsin in the last year or two.
Now I have a reason to go back and look at that one again.
Some of the features on your chevy transplanter look familiar; I wonder if there are some similarities between yours and the other one.
I just found the place I was thinking of - it is the Brodhead WI Depot Museum.
 
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