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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 this cutter. Price:  $1,400.00 - Reasonable offers considered.  We don’t consider half price reasonable.  Any freight costs are buyer's responsibility Contact Us for more information or for an appointment to view.
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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. Another option we could help you out with: We would deliver this potato cutter to "The UPS Store of Jamestown", North Dakota, we get to that city about once a week. 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! Contact Us for more information or for an appointment to view. Back to For Sale Page
The Broken Arrow
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For Sale

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 this cutter. Price:  $1,400.00 - Reasonable offers considered.  We don’t consider half price reasonable.  Any freight costs are buyer's responsibility Contact Us for more information or for an appointment to view.
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