[Market-farming] Transplanter

Andy Fellenz artisanfarms at gmail.com
Fri Jan 4 23:48:32 EST 2013


I have a single row rotary one and have been pleased with it's
performance.  It takes a little bit of time to get it dialed in for
different plug sizes and learning how fast to run it, but overall it beats
the heck out of hand transplanting.  I've planted from 50 to 200 cell trays
with it. Changing the spacing is very easy - just change a sprocket.  What
takes me a little bit more time is setting the pack wheels and getting the
speed right so that the plants are set and packed in properly.  My son
built a hydraulically offsetable 3 pt mount for it so we can set it easily
set it up for different row spacings in a bed.  We generally use it offset
from the centerline by 15" for 30" row spacings as we go down and back, but
will also bring it to the centerline for squash which we are planting at
60".

Andy

On Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 11:40 PM, Brian Luton <bcluton at aol.com> wrote:

> Anyone out there using a Holland Rotary One or similar transplanter.
>
> I'm looking for something that can handle a variety of plant plugs from
> 98s to 32s at spacing from 8" - 24".
>
> Have you had good luck with it?  Any strengths / weaknesses, etc.  Can
> spacing, plug size and other adjustments be made quickly?
>
> We're on heavier soil that's fairly stoney in spots and I'm looking at
> some transplanting options.
>
> Thanks
> Brian
>
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