I’ve written to Jim Luke, who wrote a letter to the editor (Farm Collector, May 2009, “A John Deere Hoover?”) to tell him that what he has is a seed potato cutter. Potatoes were placed over the blades and the foot pedal was pushed down, causing the fingers to push the potatoes through the blades. Cut potato pieces fell down the chute into a bucket. I’ve included a picture of a restored John Deere Hoover cutter I saw at a show in Pennsylvania in 2007.
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