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1240 Planter Plates/M Series Vegetable Planter

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05-10-2020 21:28:09

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Hello everyone, I am thinking about starting a fair sized melon patch with my Grandpa's 47 A, and my 1240 Planter. I want to know if anyone knows what seed plates I could use to plant watermelon, cantelope, zucchini, pumpkins, sunflowers, cucumbers, etc. And if anyone has the plates I need I would love to work out a deal.
This might be a long shot but I also have a 47 M and if anyone has a vegetable planter/cultivator for the M series I would also be very interested.
Thank you!

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05-12-2020 13:48:39

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 Re: 1240 Planter Plates/M Series Vegetable Planter in reply to FarmerHanson, 05-10-2020 21:28:09  
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Wow thanks for all the help! I will start hunting for the plates and filters you suggested. As for the vegetable planter, can the new ones still work on an M?

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05-12-2020 15:01:24

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 Re: 1240 Planter Plates/M Series Vegetable Planter in reply to FarmerHanson, 05-12-2020 13:48:39  
I don't know this for certain but it's a pretty safe guess that the only thing unique for the M was the toolbar. The planter units themselves are very adaptable and can be mounted on just about any kind of bar.

Here's the link to the Cole website for more information.

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05-12-2020 13:12:13

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 Re: 1240 Planter Plates/M Series Vegetable Planter in reply to FarmerHanson, 05-10-2020 21:28:09  
I've planted a variety of crops with my 71 units and they use the same plates as your 1240. For cantaloupe, watermelon, and cukes I've used the H1262B plate with the Y3313B filler. I've got a B27436 pumpkin plate and although it does work the cells are quite large and it drops a lot of doubles and triples with the seed I've used. This plate is used with the Y2630B filler. (Note that with these specialty plates the filler isn't optional - the correct one MUST be used.) I've never planted sunflowers but Lincoln Ag Products does carry a variety of sunflower plates and the required fillers. You'd need to measure your seed to determine which one is most appropriate. Also note that there isn't any hard-and-fast rule about what plate works for which seeds - if the seed fits nicely into the cells it will work, regardless of what the plate is advertised for.

I wasn't aware that Deere marketed the Planet Jr. seeder. These seeders used to be used in the area I grew up for planting vegetable crops. Surprisingly, this same unit is actually still being produced by the Cole Planter Company.

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05-11-2020 15:02:59

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 Re: 1240 Planter Plates/M Series Vegetable Planter in reply to FarmerHanson, 05-10-2020 21:28:09  
We've had this issue when we can't find the proper plates. For pumpkins and melons you need a longer spacing. You can block off the alternate slots in the plates you have by brazing in or maybe a bondo coating (brazing I prefer if you don't want it to fall out). Do your calculations based on your machine's sprocket settings and you will achieve about what you want in terms of seed drop. Sunflowers may require a different plate set up in terms of spacing. Also, sunflowers have various sizes of seed so you have to make sure your seed can fall into the plate slot, one at a time.

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05-11-2020 07:06:00

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 Re: 1240 Planter Plates/M Series Vegetable Planter in reply to FarmerHanson, 05-10-2020 21:28:09  
That's a nice looking A for a working tractor !

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