Seed Potato Cutter 1920's
This is a rare John Deere Hoover 450 Seed Potato
Cutter that was made in the early 1920's.
My Dad used it to cut his seed potato's back in the late
50's and into the 60's, then started buying sacked
potatoes after that.
He never let us little kids watch him cut potato's though as
he did not want us getting hurt by playing with it later, or
for that matter had us break something on it. He kept it
hide under an old tarp much of the time behind other
implements in the machine shed. Just before planting day
he would spend the evening cutting the potatoes through
Price: $1,400.00 - Reasonable offers considered. We
don’t consider half price reasonable. Any freight costs
are buyer's responsibility
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My Dad was inventive and had made a homemade 2-row planter to 3-pt tractor mount, that he mounted a 55 gal. steel barrel on
top, an old steel tractor seat was mounted to sit on straddling the barrel's lower dispensing chute, where the potato seed would
feed out the bottom of the steel barrel.
Dad drove the utility tractor, and it was Mom's job to hand feed the potato chunks alternating left, right, left, right, to feed down the
2 captivator shaft chutes dropping the seed down below the surface of the ground for planting. Now and then Dad's cultivator
occasionally hit a rock, and I can still hear Mom's screams echoing from the field across the township road and then usually followed
by her laugher of relief that she managed to stay on...I remember her voice sometimes giving Dad a scolding too, just for driving to
fast, as that would tax her efforts to rhythmically alternate dropping the individual seed pieces down their chutes.
This is the good old boy that would compliment any display of a John Deere Hoover potato planter or digger. This potato seed cutter
was originally painted black. Some of the black paint is still on this cutter, but the yellow painted words "John Deere Hoover" and
model "450" are pretty much worn away. It still functions by stepping down on the foot lever to cut the seed potato into 4 or more
sections, depending on the size of the potato. The joints need a little oil to make them work more freely.
Freight is on Buyer, arrange yourself to pick it up, or hire a shipper to pick it up and deliver for you. If you pick a shipper in
Jamestown, ND, we could take it there for you. The UPS Store there, closed. Otherwise, you phone them with your credit card and
they will box it up for you and arrange the freighting for you. Height is about 37 inches, Length from front bottom legs to back
bottom leg is 36 inches, Width at bottom front legs is 28 inches. Weight, we would guess around 75-100 pounds but we have not had
it on a scale, so that could vary and affect the shipping cost a little.
This ol'boy needs a new home and a good restore job could make him a dandy show piece!
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