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Help with Cole multiflex 12mx planter

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Brian Hildebrand

12-31-2018 21:58:15




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Guys has anyone ever seen or heard of a adapter or hitch to hook Cole multiflex planters to Pittsburgh style cultivators. I don't want to use the fertilizer applicator of the planters. I already have a side dresser on the cultivator bar it would be easier to use it while planting sweet corn. Thanks




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Brian Hildebrand

01-14-2019 15:52:16




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 Re: Help with Cole multiflex 12mx planter in reply to Brian Hildebrand, 12-31-2018 21:58:15  
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Good evening sir, I just read the reply on here. U wouldn't happen to have a couple of the seed hopper lids would you? That's for the#12 multi flex planters. I have a huge collection of plates as well that came with the planters. Alot of the plates have never been put in the planter. I took a engraving tool and marked every one of them by number from Cole.

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Brian Hildebrand

01-11-2019 10:13:37




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 Re: Help with Cole multiflex 12mx planter in reply to Brian Hildebrand, 12-31-2018 21:58:15  
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Yes sir I see your point. My dad's been trying to talk me into using the fertilizer boxes too. I keep bucking him, but sounds like he's right. I put gauge wheels on my tool bar and pull a field cultivator with rolling baskets over any field Im planting. Stiff ground is better for sure. I have some guys I plant dove fields for and we run a coultipacker on it cause it really Sandy. I'll take your advice and look in the fertilizer boxes. I'm on 30" rows so I guess the best way to measure the rates is how? I don't see any way to measure but i do see the wing nuts.

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Mac AR

01-15-2019 13:24:03




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 Re: Help with Cole multiflex 12mx planter in reply to Brian Hildebrand, 01-11-2019 10:13:37  
"I keep bucking him, but sounds like he's right"
Yea, that sorta sounds like me and my old man... I found as I went on he was usually right, I just hated to admit it. Now we get along a lot better... well most of the time.

"...best way to measure the rates is how?"
I personally never measured my fertilizer output, just set that sucker " 'bout middleways" and rolled on. I would suggest keeping to the lower end of the spectrum though, since 650lb to the acre seems a touch high to me, especially if I'm having to buy the stuff. But in all seriousness, I kept mine set about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom and it seemed to be good enough to give the corn and beans a fine head start. YMMV, of course.

Good Luck,

Mac

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Brian Hildebrand

01-09-2019 14:56:26




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 Re: Help with Cole multiflex 12mx planter in reply to Brian Hildebrand, 12-31-2018 21:58:15  
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Mr Mac, I bought some other fertilizer equipment and have taken good care of it, yet it still rusts up and corrodes. Plus in the fertilizer boxes there is a gear messed up. I have my "lay by " rig on my cultivators, would be nice to throw a small bed, fertilize and plant all in the same pass.



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Mac AR

01-10-2019 13:25:27




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 Re: Help with Cole multiflex 12mx planter in reply to Brian Hildebrand, 01-09-2019 14:56:26  
Brian, while I can see your point, I think you'd be better off getting another gear for the fertilizer hopper and making it work right. If I still had my Cole I'd snap a picture of it for you to see the inside of the fert box. It was just as good after 30 years as it was new. Paint was mostly gone, but still in very good shape. Like I said, I sprayed a little oil on the inside of everything every year after it was done, and it seemed to work well. But, corrosion with NPK fertilizer is inevitable. All you can do is slow it down, and that only by keeping the darn thing immaculate. I digress, however...

My personal experiences with cultivator mounted planters has been dismal, at best. They don't seem to follow the tractor like a planter will and you (or at least I did) end up with crooked rows that are difficult to cultivate. I will say that they are handy for certain crops where you are bedding them, but I got away from bedding and have found my current planter, an Allis #74 cut down to a two row with add-on fert boxes, to be a far better option than the old Covington or Cole planters. The Cole was always accurate as far as metering seed, but I didn't like the depth control on mine as it seemed I was either planting 6" deep or 1/2" deep. The Allis is also easier to set up for different seeds, at least to me. YMMV, of course.

Mac

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Mac AR

01-08-2019 13:19:32




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 Re: Help with Cole multiflex 12mx planter in reply to Brian Hildebrand, 12-31-2018 21:58:15  
http://www.coleplanter.com/12mxfeatures.htm

Go to the link above, download the manual, and go to page 19. You'll find a cultivator hitch listed along with a diagram. From there you could probably contact Cole and ask them about buying one, or if you're like me and can't stand to spend money, you'll get out your gas ax and welder, dig through the junk pile, and piece something together that works very similar to what you'll see in the book.

Hope that helps,

Mac

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Brian Hildebrand

01-02-2019 08:23:15




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 Re: Help with Cole multiflex 12mx planter in reply to Brian Hildebrand, 12-31-2018 21:58:15  
yes sir, I'm well aquainted with Agri supply. I bought my Pittsburgh style cultivators from there. I have a set of 2 row planters so the one you are referring to won't work. If you are familiar with the Covington planter/cultivator setup that's what I'm trying to achieve. I have a fertilizer side dresser on the bar already. If like to stay away from using the fertilizer hoppers on the planter so they'll continue to be pristine. Thanks for any advice or help.

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Mac AR

01-08-2019 13:23:26




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 Re: Help with Cole multiflex 12mx planter in reply to Brian Hildebrand, 01-02-2019 08:23:15  
Out of curiosity, why not use the fertilizer boxes? I used mine for years til I switched to an Allis planter. Just washed it out good and sprayed it down with a little spray lubricant (whatever was on hand) after each use and kept it in the shed. Planter was bought new in the late 60's if I recall correctly and the fert boxes were still solid. As a rule, all my implements set outside except the planter and sprayer.

Mac

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Traditional Farmer

01-02-2019 10:49:02




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 Re: Help with Cole multiflex 12mx planter in reply to Brian Hildebrand, 01-02-2019 08:23:15  
I have a tool bar with 2 double hopper Cole Planters mounted it but don't know what brand tool bar,3pt hitch.Have a large collection of Cole planter plates also.



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Traditional Farmer

01-02-2019 05:09:13




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 Re: Help with Cole multiflex 12mx planter in reply to Brian Hildebrand, 12-31-2018 21:58:15  
I've seen them hooked onto the center of the 1 row rear cultivators,might want to check out Agri Supply they have a lot of that sort of equipment.



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