Walk-behind implements have special appeal for Indiana collector
This nice planter line-up includes several of Herb's Planet Jr. models.
Herb's Planet Jr. Jiffy Seeder is in remarkably complete condition. While it would take a little work to make the machine function well, it is still up to the task. This model used a canning jar for the seed hopper much like Maytag once used a canning jar for a fuel tank, and many tractor manufacturers used Ball jars on intake air pre-cleaners.
Herb's collection (here, reel mowers) literally hangs from the rafters of one of his sheds.
David Bradley Model 597 seeder was marketed through Sears, Roebuck & Co. The tubular steel handles are not a favorite of Herb's; however, this unit is a heavyweight. The hopper beneath the handles is a No. 400 fertilizer unit powered via chain by the rear press wheel.
The 10 hp Speedex S-24 is one of Herb Kroger's favorites because it looks unusual and has a hand clutch/brake lever.
The New Idea No. 5 transplanter was originally horse-drawn. This particular unit has been modified slightly for the tractor. When fitted for horses, a metal seat was attached to the tank lid's hinge for the driver, and the wooden tongue would have been much longer.
Seed selection with the Standard No. 8 planter is as easy as turning this adjustment cam.
Herb's original condition David Bradley Tri-Trac garden tractor shown with front blade mounted.
This Crusader ball bearing push mower is especially interesting to Herb because of the medieval shield symbol.
Front cover detail of Herb's Planet Jr. Farm and Garden Tools catalog. Planet Jr. was a trademark of S.L. Allen & Co., Philadelphia.
Planet Jr. Seeders: No. 4 combined hill and drill seeder, and a pair of Model 300 seeders (the rightmost is the most recent). The Model 300s were dedicated as seeders, while the No. 4 could also be fitted as a wheel hoe with cultivators and a plow.