Implement that led the way to farm mechanization now collectible antique farm equipment
Promotional materials from Haworth & Sons, Decatur, Ill.
Courtesy of Junior L. McBride
A pair of check-planter anchors leaning against a press wheel with concave rim. Shown at top: The John Deere planter plates are relatively new and use an edge-drop design. Earlier plates had a center-drop design. Shown below the plates: samples of check lines with "buttons" to trigger seed drop. Top to bottom: Berrien, 1881; L.L. Haworth (a rope with a small wire in the center), 1871; an early handmade piece dating to 1870; and G.D. Haworth, 1892.
A pair of check-planter anchors leaning against a press wheel with concave rim. Steps on anchor rods were used to psh the anchor into the ground to stretch the check-wire or rope. Tighteners (shown on top of the wheel) could be mounted on rods, and used to help tighten the check-line.