This section is from the book "The Potato: A Compilation of Information from Every Available Source", by Eugene H. Grubb, W. S. Guilford. Also available from Amazon: The Potato: A Compilation Of Information From Every Available Source.
The following machines are made by the Bate-man Manufacturing Company, Greenloch, N. J.:
Iron Age Digger at work.
Hauling potatoes to storehouse in "half-sacks" - Mt. Sopris Farm.
Iron Age Planter at work.
This planter feeds the seed automatically. It shakes the seed out into the pockets of an elevator wheel, which in turn drops it through a short spout to a horizontal feed wheel, also provided with pockets. This wheel makes one complete .revolution in front of the boy or man on the rear seat; when he finds a pocket that has no seed in it, he supplies a piece from a pile within reach; if a pocket gets two seed pieces, he takes one out. The result is that you get one seed piece in every space and one only. You can understand what this means if you will consider a few figures. If a normal average for a perfect stand were 150 bushels (and this is very reasonable) 5 per cent, skips would mean a loss of seven and one half bushels, or $3.75 per acre at an average price of 50 cents. It costs no more to cultivate, spray, and fertilize a perfect stand than it does one with skips here and there.
Iron Age (Improved Robbins) Potato Planter.
Seed pieces in place in the furrow opened by the Iron Age Planter.
Cultivators should have all of the necessary adjustments for narrow or wide rows, deep or shallow cultivation, and the teeth changed quickly to any position in the row while the team is in motion. All of these necessary adjustments are found on Iron Age cultivators. They are of many styles and combinations to fit the varied conditions of ground and cultivation desired. Pivot wheels are used on three styles - they make guiding easy. High or low wheels - six or eight hoes - for one or two rows, break-pin hoes, spring hoes, or spring teeth can be furnished. The hoes are kept in the ground by spring pressure; thorough cultivation is the result. Disk, plow, ridging, and other attachments are furnished.
Iron Age Riding Cultivator.
The Iron Age sprayer drives from the centre, has a perfect working relief valve and a big air chamber, is thoroughly protected against corrosion, and is easily shut off from the seat. It is furnished in four, six, or seven row sizes, with 55 or 100 gallon wood or 55 gallon steel tanks, and revolving mixer, single or double action pumps. It is made for one or two horses.
Iron Age Traction Sprayer.
These tools are adjustable at any position on the frame by simple eccentric levers. They are also adjustable for angle of the blades, position of the handles, etc. Made with plain steel blades, or with detachable shoes for stony ground, or with twenty-inch disks.
Iron Age Potato Hoe or Ridger.
The Iron Age line comprises four machines: No. 125 is a rotary disk, low down machine for light, sandy soils; No. 127, same digger with elevator and shaker attached; No. 150, medium size elevator and twenty-eight-inch wheels; No. 155, large elevator, thirty-two-inch wheels, and kickers for heavy conditions, as to ground, grass, vines, etc. They have steel spurs on the wheels, and are designed so that wearing parts can be easily and cheaply replaced. They can be thrown in and out of gear from the seat. The plow is adjustable so as to get all of the potatoes with as little cutting as possible and as little soil, and so that draft will not be too great.
Iron Age Potato Digger.