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« on: November 30, 2010, 08:22:17 AM »

Hi All: Just wondering how many out there have used a hatfield transplanter. I saw donalds video but I am looking for some feedback on how good they are. Or if anybody has a homemade version Id love to see it. Anything that saves bending over is a cool tool in my book.
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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2010, 08:52:39 AM »

if my memory serves me correctly, i have a transplanter that someone on the forum made of PVC pipe.  i need to build one or buy one.  would make things a little easier.  i just found the post with the homemade version: http://thebayougardener.com/smf/index.php?topic=1467.0 
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2010, 10:29:04 AM »

I have a Hatfield and I love it. I can transplant 80 maters in about 20 mins. It is a two person operation, one to operate the Hatfield and one to drop the plant. Once you get momentum you can plant a row in no time. Make sure you get the right size for the plugs you will be using.
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2011, 04:29:44 AM »

Ifn you got the bigger Hatfield, could you still use it with smaller pots,or onion plants. ie. does too big matter?

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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2011, 07:15:24 AM »

I ordered one yesterday.  I beleive it will be a big back & time saver.   Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2011, 05:45:00 AM »

Well the verdict is in. The Hatfield ranks right up there with the worlds greatest inventions, canned beer, sliced bread,tractors. Yesterday my wife and I put 500 plants in the ground,candy onions, kohlrabi,broccoli,cabbage, in about  1 hour. If you guys have lots of transplants to put in the ground it will be the best money you have ever spent. I got mine at Johny's selected seeds. When I was starting all those plants my wife said you are nuts ,you been watching that crazy Cajun way too much. But when we were done planting she said are we done already? I wish we had some more stared this is fun. Quality time with your significant other in the garden is great.
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2011, 07:44:46 AM »

Humpy ... You know I like to keep things easy and simple.  If that thing didn't work it would have been put under the Kubota rear wheel test and then used for target practice.    Grin

Mine is stored in my shop and taken very good care of.

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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2011, 03:05:40 PM »

I want to see a video of that! 500 sets divided by 60 minutes =.12 per second  Shocked you must have looked like a jack hammer or woodpecker ! Wink Please come help me plant next year.
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2011, 04:37:01 PM »

Cropduster ... that's one plant every 7.2 seconds.  Slow as I am I could handle that.  Got to keep in mind two people planting with the hatfield can cover some ground.   My buddy and his wife came the other day and planted a row of onions.  He was planting a bulb (by hand the way I did it in the video) about every 4-5 seconds.

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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2011, 08:11:29 PM »

I still want to see it  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2011, 11:56:25 PM »

We planted somewhere between 950-1150 onion sets ( 19 bunches, using their avg. of 50 to 60 plants a bunch ) from Dixondale back in Feb., using a 2.5" Hatfield.

That's an avg. of one every 4.7 to 5.7 seconds.

My helper was a 68 year-old gentleman, who is not in good health.

It took us right at 2 1/2 hrs, and that's with us stopping and lolly-gagging around some, too.

When you get into a rhythm, you can flat more plant some stuff with it. Can't wait to use on the transplants.  Grin

Would have used it on my taters, but it got there the same day, just after we planted them....not their fault....I just ordered it too late.

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« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2011, 02:31:21 AM »

My Intention with my post was not to brag about "look what I did' it was to let my fellow gardeners know about a tool that is a real time saver and back saver. Most of us have probably spent some of our hard earned cash on something for the garden that wound up in the dumpster but the Hatfield works as advertised. Cheers   Humpy
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« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2011, 04:18:20 AM »

humpy & donald
 Looks like I need to go back to math class  Angry That still a lot faster than  I have been doing it. I have ordered one  Grin I planted over 500 onions last fall crawling around in the garden & it just about did me in.Now if I can find some one to load the Hatsfield planter for me Grin
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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2011, 07:24:11 AM »

Now Iím going to through a twist (that some may not know) into this thread.
 
If youíre real careful when planting onion seeds and get them spaced out pretty well you wonít need to transplant em.  I still have a bunch of transplants that werenít dug, some have golf ball sized bulbs on em and are 18 -24 inches tall.  The ones I did transplant (spaced out) are just now starting to take off and grow.  Transplanting does set em back a good bit.


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« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2011, 05:13:39 PM »

does the 2.5 in hattfield plant onion plants well or does it make too big of a hole?


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« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2011, 05:55:44 PM »

Donald
 Whatís your timing for seed to planting time? I usually have plants flowering before planting outside. Most of my plants started in the greenhouse would not go through the planter shoot. I would think that careful timing would be necessary to use the Hatfield planter?
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« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2011, 06:30:49 PM »

Doug ... The 2.5 inch is just right for onions and can be used with 2 1/4 inch pots.

Possum ... For the spring I start my tomatoes and peppers about 8 weeks before transplanting.  If your greenhouse is heated then they will grow faster.  For the fall crop because of the hot weather they grow a lot faster so about 6 weeks should do it.  You have to adjust to your setup.

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