The IHcSherry Shoe Drill

IS A SELLER AND A WINNER.

IS A SELLER AND A WINNER.

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A team of horses could plant 20 continuous rows of grain with this 19th century drill. Farm Implement News, 1897

seed and close the trench on the seed after it falls. On old drills, a smalt length of chain drags behind each disc to aid in covering the seeds. The seeds are actually planted in rows, just inches apart, and when the grain gets to be about six inches high the plants grow together, giving the impression of a solid stand.

Normally, you can save quite a bit of money buying an old planter if it is still in working order. Be sure the planting plates come with it or can still be purchased. This is not ir-u.iUy a problem now because very cheap plastic plates are made to fit most planter boxes. In fact, the plates are given away by seed corn dealers when they sell a farmer his seed. The seed dealer wants a satisfied customer and the plastic plates he has are made specifically for the size kernels he sells—a different one for whatever plant population the farmer wants. But it is possible that on old and rare planters which you might find by chance, the plates wouldn't be a standard size. Before purchasing an old planter, it's always wise to make sure it has plates with it or find out where you can obtain new ones. Most of the common, older drills plant a swath of seven feet in one pass—about the right size for a homestead.

Seeding rates can be regulated by controls under the seed box. The seed box may be divided into two compartments, each side of which has its own control. Charts on the inside of the hinged box lids give instructions on setting the adjustments for different seeding rates. On old drills you will have to experiment by putting a measured amount of grain in the box, then planting a known, specified acre (or a portion thereof), and then see if the actual planting rate corresponds to what you have the drill set for. Compare and compensate accordingly. Those old cogs wear and may not work as precisely as they did when the drill was new.

Many drills, even old ones, have fertilizer

A single-point, tractor-drawn seed drill with fertilizer drill—about the right size far the small farm.

A single-point, tractor-drawn seed drill with fertilizer drill—about the right size far the small farm.

boxes just In front of the seed boxes. Unless they are well taken care of, the fertilizer boxes may be badly corroded or completely ruined. This will not necessarily stop you from using the drill, but you won't be able to fertilize as you plant. As another special feature, some drills have special smaller boxes for clover seed so that when planting spring cereal crops like oats, the farmer can sow clover right along with it.

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