PJ 300A's (pair) after glass bead blasting and handle varnish stripping. Following this picture, you'll see finished painted and lacquered seed boxes. For convenience, handles are in "cloth wrapped storage in bubble wrap," and am awaiting to see if a purchaser chooses to buy handles or not. Without handles, the 300A's can be mounted in single/pair on a 3 pt. hitch toolbar behind a small 8-9N Ford tractor.
Even without, attaching the "push handles," once can see sufficient brackets in front of the seed box and on front axle supports, to be able to use hardware store fittings, a hack-saw and be able to attach this (these) pair of planters to a 3 pt. lift tool bar for pulling behind a small 2-8-9N Ford Flat-Head Tractor. Practically speaking from my woodworking experience, if one is only interested in seeding garden plots very professionally, there is NO NEED for cutting, sanding, forming and finishing a pair of new handles (2 wks of work in furniture building experience) if you only intend to attach this (these) pair of 300A's to a tool bar for a 3 pt hitch to a small 20 hp, etc. Ford or foreign made tractor and not use the push-handles at all. If you don't need them, you can sell for a pretty good price on e-bay if you chose.
By the mid-1970's, I had graduated college and had already served my first 6-7 yrs as USAF instructor pilot in OK and in San Antonio. Being the only "male" child of our family heritage, my Dad was intent on me finishing my USAF career and then returning to take over the farm - likely an idea held by many multi-generation farm families. By that time, he had gotten word that the original PJ company had stopped business - and WHAT WAS I TO DO, IF HIS CURRENT SET OF 3 PJ'S EVER WORE OUR????? (actually I find that they don't - likely for ever - one-two lifetimes!!!). He did a lot of research and found that a distributor warehouse in San Antonio (my current duty station at the time) had a pair of "Brand-New PJ 300's available, still in original boxes!" He quickly drove to San Antonio, made the purchase and then stored the PJ300's in their original boxes in one of his barns for the next 30+ years - unused, unopened, etc. I never did get the "full-story," but didn't care that much either, as I was facing three (3) back-to-back USAF / NATO Cold War overseas fighter assignments. Having done an MBA while in San Antonio, I did learn some about business, mergers, patent rights, etc. and can only speculate the co-competitor of PJ - Cole, acquired rights/patents as their current production machines are EXACTLY the same design, interchangeable parts, etc. as the WWII era Planet Jr Equipment and the new, mid 1970's last production PJ that we've had in storage for 30-40 yrs.
I'm not trying by any means of infringing on the Cole Co or it's web pages - I only offer them to the reader below for comparison purposes - again, as a retired, 100% combat-disabled Veteran, I'm proud to see Cole has started re-making the excellent seeder line - Stamped "MADE IN THE USA.!"
Photos from various angles of the seeders I DO HAVE FOR SALE WILL FOLLOW THE COLE WEB SITE SCANS - just look at them to compare compatibility with what you are doing, check on replacement/interchangeable parts and most important, shipping weight, as one can easily exceed UPS limits and pay a hefty price for shipping on a pallet via a Freight Co.
Respectfully and hats off to the Cole Company for restarting the production of PJ type equipment and interchangeable parts!!!!!!
SOLD, BUT TWO MORE LEFT TO SELL - FULLY REFURBISHED.re.
COLE WEB SITE PAGE #3 SHOWN BELOW: (REMEMBER WHEN MY DAD BOUGHT NEW 1962 F-100 FOR $1,695. - $49 EXTRA FOR CAB HEATER) WELL PRICES HAVE CHANGED. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS PAGE #3 IS THAT IT SHOWS THE CURRENT OEM (COLE CO) LIST PRICE FOR THE STD PLANTER, WITHOUT HITCHES/ATTACHMENTS AND IT ALSO IMPLIES THAT FOB SHIPPING WILL BE ADDED. PLEASE TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION - THEIRS IS A BRAND-NEW, STATE-OF-THE-ART COPY OF THE PJ'S I'VE GOT FOR SALE, BUT THEY DO HAVE A SYNTHETIC/PLASTIC/FIBERGLAS SEED HOPPER WHICH SHOULD BE A TECHNICAL IMPROVEMENT. JUST INSPECT THE PRODUCTS, COMPARE YOUR USE AND METHOD OF "DRY" STORAGE AFTER SEASON AND THE COST OF A NEW 2015 COLE VS MY DAD'S OLDER, BUT BRAND NEW, PJ 300 VS OLDER 300A. FREIGHT COSTS WILL BE ABOUT SAME, UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO DRIVE YOUR F-150 TO WACO, TX TO PICK UP IN PERSON (FOR PRICE OF GAS AND MAYBE A MOTEL ROOM FOR ONE NIGHT)
PLANET JR SEEDERS
TWO (EACH) AVAILABLE - USED BUT REFURBISHED PJ 300A AND TWO, 99% BRAND-NEW 300 PJ'S. These four (4) seeders are "ready-to-go" and all 100% of components, discs, cams, clips, etc. are ready to use and start planting the day it arrives.
COLE CO. WEB PAGE #2
NOTE: Model 300 Seeders (in storage since mid 1970's when purchased new and kept in original boxes). Note additional (1) frame for attachment to a 3 pt. hitch tool-bar, (2) an improved rear wheel scraper (spring powered) for the dual split rear wheel. Note that added steel frame members and "over-the-front-wheel heavy steel hoop and other frame parts make it simple to bolt onto a Cat 1, 3 point hitch toolbar..
COLE WEB PAGE #4 - HONEST GUESS AT SHIPPING RATES FOR THEIR EXCELLENT, BRAND NEW, MACHINES FROM THEIR FACTORY.
NOW FOR THE LAST PAGE FROM THE COLE WEB SITE - #4 - THIS SHOW YOU A (1) PIX OF AN OLDER TYPE, HANDLE PUSH MACHINE AND MORE IMPORTANT (2) SHOWS YOU A TABLE OF EST SHIPPING WEIGHTS - I GOT SHAFTED ON THE SHIPPING RIGHT AFTER DAD DIED AND TRIED TO BUY STUFF OF E-BAY TO ONLY FIND SHIPPING WAS 400% MORE THAN MY BID. SUGGEST TO BE HONEST, YOU CHECK WITH COLE, YOUR LOCAL SHIPPER AND ALSO UPS TO GET BEST DEAL GOING - ELSE, GAS UP YOUR F-150 (AND TRAILER) AND START HEADING FOR WACO, TX - (HALF WAY BETWEEN DALLAS AND CAPITOL OF AUSTIN - 100 MILES EACH WAY.
Same box size, same mounting studs, same discs, same cam and clip, and same shaft. Just the 300 (new, un-used 1977 era seeder) had about 30% more seed capacity. Boxes are inter-changeable in needed and interchangeable with new-model COLE seeders and plates and parts.
PICTURED BELOW IS ONE OF THE THREE PJ PLANTERS MY DAD ACQUIRED AS PART OF THE EQUIPMENT DIVISION. It was a "push handle" PJ 300A which had been home adapted to plant a single row of vegetables (squash, okra, peas) directly between the Ford's 52" spaced rear wheels. He'd purposely leave the lids off the planter "boxes" so he could look back from the tractor seat and check on the level of seeds left to be planted. With only 12-16 rows of vegetables planted in 350' long rows, he'd normally use less a cup or at most, a pint, seeds in even the smallest 300 A hopper. I rarely saw him, as a kid at the seed/feed store buying more than 1/2 lb. of seeds at a time (to keep fresh seeds)
The PJ 300A shown above was sold "as-is" to an organic farmer in the TX panhandle. HOWEVER, I STILL HAVE TWO MORE REMAINING IDENTICAL MACHINES FOR SALE. OVER THE WINTER, I TOOK THE TIME TO DISASSEMBLE THEM, TOTALLY GLASS BEAD BLAST ALL METAL AND WOOD AND THEN REPAINT THEM - THUS RESTORED TO LIKE-NEW CONDITION. HANDLES WERE REMOVED FOR THE CLEANING PROCESS AND ARE AVAILABLE, BUT NOT CURRENTLY ATTACHED IN THE INTEREST OF "SHIPPING" SEPARATELY VIA USPS FROM THE METAL SEEDER AND WHEELS - BOXED SEPARATELY. PHOTOS OF THE REFINISHED MACHINES AND PRICES WILL FOLLOW BELOW. ALL SEED PLATES, COVERS, CLIPS, CAMS, ETC ARE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE (FOB WACO, TX) OF $300.00 PER SEEDED. I WILL SELL BOTH AS A PAIR FOR $525.00.
While the home-made mount looks "crude," it was in just the right position to fit (only) onto the two Tractor Lift arms and "magically," between the length of the wooden handles and heavier front wheel and planter box and mechanism, it was near perfectly balanced behind the tractor. I used this one machine for the two years I tried to restart the inherited "turn-key" farm and equipment. However, back surgery caused me to give up on the vegetable and Home Farmer's Market Concept.
COLE CO. WEB SCAN PAGE # 1 (OF MANY TO FOLLOW)
RIGHT: Pix of one of the "finished" PJ 300A's (less handles) with all supporting components - discs, clip, cam, etc. Note that the 300A model has a seed box about 60% of the capacity of the newer 300 PJ model. NOTE: even though PJ didn't come out with a real wheel scraper device, my parents and Swiss Grandfather came up with one for these 300A's before PJ came up with the idea. The rear wheels on this planter are "split," leaving a "crack" which seedlings can more easily break through to sunlight. The "invented" spring powered scraper, cleaned the rear wheels from moist, sandy soil, when planting only a day or two after rains are over and seedbeds are ready for seeding. On our sandy river-bottom soil, this permitted sufficient residual moisture for seed-sprouting and still get job done planting only 1/8" - 1/4" deep without the seed line "drying out from TX sunlight 2 days after the rains."
Photo of Refurbished and Repainted mid-'70s pair of 300 PJ's in storage for 30+ years since purchased new by my dad when PJ went out of business - in mid 70's and Dad sought to buy a couple of the last - remaining pair in San Antonio.
Comparison of 300 (new) vs 300A Seed Box sizes - side-by-side.
1944 Catalog Shows Some of the Twenty + Pieces of Planet Jr. Equipment Available For Sale From 75 Year Old Family Vegetable Farm in Waco, TX. Photos and Descriptions from Catalog Will Frequently be Shown Side-by-Side With Actual Photos of What Equipment Looks Like Today
Pix Below Show Various Aspects of Refurbished PJ 300A's after minimal amount of cleaning, brushing and glass bead blasting followed up with lacquer inside box and OEM paint on outside. Handles would be shipped separately via UPS "fishing pole" wrapped bundle if buyer wants them/and/or template to make a new pair for him/herself. Without handles, the planters can be pulled by a 3 pt. tool/bar connection to a 8/9N Ford lift arms without need for handles. Handles are only needed if you have a garden patch, too small to get small 20 hp flat-head Ford-type tractor into. Else, do a little hardware store fabricating for $20 and let tractor do the pulling, rather than you do the pushing!!!.
THIS MACHINE WAS SOLD "AS-IS" TWO YEARS AGO. HOWEVER I STILL HAVE TWO MORE IDENTICAL SEEDERS AVAILABLE WHICH HAVE BEEN TOTALLY RESTORED AND IN "READY-TO-PLANT" CONDITION HERE IN WACO, TX. SEE YELLOW PARAGRAPH BELOW LEFT.
NOW FOR THE PLANET JR EQUIPMENT (NEW, USED AND RESTORABLE ANTIQUES) I HAVE AVAILABLE FOR SALE.
100's of PLANET JR EQUIPMENT ITEMS ON THIS PAGE - PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO SEE ALL.
PLanet JR 300 A Seed Box Covers - note Difference. While the same size as the 300 box cover, the "older" 300A's had brass, black painted, riveted in place seed hole instructions. In later years, PJ replaced the nice, original brass/black plaques with simple, stick-on aluminized pieces of tape, like "ultra silver duct tape," but with a cheaper effect.
Below is an antique catalog pix of PJ 300 A. Following, it are pix of MY "for-sale" pix of 300 and 300 A seeders and various components, including lids, etc. after all the glass beading blasting to clean, polish and lacquer coat interior and OEM paint the exterior of the units.
Pictured Left: Cole Company Web Page Scan #1. Note general description, ability to mount to a 3 pt. hitch tool bar (multiple mountings possible) and the fact that the 3 pt. hitch is likely an added cost, option. Also note, that vs my PJ 300's and PJ 300A's, the Cole Machine has a "plastic/nylon/synthetic" seed container. My dad's, when refinishing both the 300 and 300A's had a metal box, but both, upon glass bead blasting, had a "pewter/galvanized-type metal finish." I suspect this is important for reasons of moisture, rust and seeds sticking to sidewalls. My dad's renovated/new 300A / 300 are glassy finished and I coated with clear lacquer to prevent any corrosion/rust. See pix much later, below when the list of equipment I have for sale is shown and presented.
BRIEF HISTORY: As best my limited research of internet shows me, there were two (2) major producers of vegetable seeders used in the US since the 1920's & 1930's. One very popular line was the Planet Jr series produced by the Allen Co., 1944 catalog shown above. The other major producer of professional-grade equipment was the Cole Company. Over the century, various acquisitions and buy-outs happened as original founders passed on. Ever since WWII, my father hand his partner brother, (John) had favored the Planet Jr line of equipment on their 40+ acres of vegetable farms. Some of the original ones, designed with wooden (man-pushed) handles, were "self-engineered" to be later pulled behind the new 3 pt. hitch Ford type "flat-head, 4 cyl." tractors (but horses and mules were the "cross-over" between man-push and 1939-era Ford Tractor pulls). They had a number of these planters and could be configured to plant a single row of larger type plants between the tractor wheels, or when dealing with smaller vegetables - green onions, beets and the like, they had home-made wood and pipe hitches where two of the "push handle" seeders could be bolted side-by-side with home-made metal clamps, and plant two rows (double the crop for the same amount of soil) twenty-two inches apart.
About 1960, the brothers split their partnership divided up the PJ equipment, various tractors and pickups - one each and also a large number of Ford Pulled, 3 pt. hitch cultivators, plows and other implements, each getting 2-3 seeders and various wheeled (push-type) cultivators, all adapted by this time to being pulled by a tractor and driver and the "pusher" now only had to walk behind and guide the seeder or cultivator along the rows of vegetables.
PRICING Per above, COLE is looking to ask almost $800/unit without tractor or handle attachments. I'm offering my two fully functional 300A / 300 Seeders at about 50% discount. I will also consider a "multiple-product purchase" offer. Price - One 300A - $375.00 with handles. One 300 (no handles, tool-bar mount) - $400.00. All prices are "YOU PAY SHIPPING/Pick-up in Waco TX) FOB WACO, TX. Shipping and crating is discussable, but not really negotiable due to cost and time involved to buy plywood, 1x4's, etc. Please send me a legitimate offer to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send me a hard-line phone number and a time window(s) to try to call you back.
BACK TO HISTORY OF THE EVOLUTION OF PJ AND COLE EQUIPMENT SEEDERS. SOME OF INFO MIGHT BE BORING AND YOU CAN SCROLL DOWN PAST COLE PAGES IF YOU LIKE, BUT THEY (1) ARE THE ONLY CURRENT PRODUCTION PJ TYPE SEEDERS ON THE MARKET, MADE IN USA, WITH COMPRABLE PRICES, MEANS OF HOOK-UP TO TRACTORS AND APPROXIMATE SHIPPING WEIGHTS, AS THIS CAN GET EXPENSIVE!!!! IF BY FREIGHT RATHER THAN UPS. COLE INFO WAS PRINTED AND THEN SCANNED INTO THIS WEB SITE FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES. HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU CONTACT THEM AT THEIR VARIOUS "CONTACT US" SITES/PH #'S FOR LATEST PRODUCT LIST AND PRICING.
PICTURED RIGHT: PAGE #2 OF THE COLE CO. SITE. What you should gain from this site, are again (1) front and rear views of the optional 3 pt. hitch hook up mount, (2) the Myriad of interchangeable PJ/Cole parts and accessories and at the top, the three, (13 seed hole each) plates (39 total seed size options) which are inter-changeable with the new COLE machines and the older model, but still VERY, VERY functional, PJ machines I will offer down the page - PJ 300 and PJ 300A.
Image above: Pix of one of the two PJ 300A's that are available for sale. Handles are bolted onto the seeder with two carriage bolts on each side. They can be easily removed for shipping. The seeder which weighs about 42 lbs. can be packaged in one FEDEX 12 cu. ft. "wardrobe box" and the wooden handles and the metal seeder push-on, pull-off control rod can be bundled together and shipped as a second package.