Here's a trick to prevent seed from getting stuck behind the plates in your Earthway Seeder.
Have you ever had small seed get lodged behind the plates of your Earthway, which slows down seeding and grinds the seed to a useless powder? I have. Here’s a fix I happened across on a cool-looking blog called wannafarm.com. I’ve done it myself and using the finger test (checking to see how hard it is to pry the seed plate from the wall of the hopper) and this fix appears to improve things greatly. That said, I haven’t field tested it yet.
What you’ll need:
- One 3” PVC end cap, found in any hardware store
- One 2-inch by ¼” bolt, washer, and a wing-nut for easy removal
- A drill with ¼” bit, a wrench or socket set, and a hack-saw
How to do it:
- Saw off the end of the PVC cap so that there is approx. 1-inch of lip remaining. Drill a ¼” hole in the center of the cap.
- Remove the bolt that links the drive train with the seeding mechanism. Replace it with the 2” bolt from the outside of the hopper. Ensure that the inner and outer mechanisms are nice and snug, and be delicate (at least, more delicate than I was...sigh) to avoid breaking the plastic teeth of the drive wheel. Add the PVC cap to the end of the bolt, inside the hopper. Secure the bolt with the wingnut, making sure you’ve used washers on each end of the bolt.
- You want the nut as tight as possible without impeding the seed plate from turning.
- This fix requires you to remove the cap every time you’re switching plates, but if you use a wingnut it’s a pretty quick procedure.