Hoss Garden Seeder
The Hoss Garden Seeder is the most durable and versatile walk-behind garden planter! It makes planting easy with our innovative seed plate design that allows you to customize your planting to meet your exact needs. USA MADE!
The Hoss Garden Seeder allows you to easily plant your vegetable garden with accuracy and precision. Our innovative seed plate design allows you to easily customize seed plates to fit the variety of seed you're planting. Seed plates lie flat in the hopper and can be easily changed without wasting excess seed.
The Hoss Garden Seeder has a rolling coulter or rolling disk that opens a furrow for the dropping seed. This double disk furrow opener works great in soils that have heavy organic residue from prior vegetable or cover crops. Once the seed drops into the planting furrow, the drag chain covers the seed and the rear wheel packs the soil to ensure optimal germination.
The Hoss Garden Seeder is constructed with Amish-crafted hardwood handles, 15″ steel wheels, and a powder-coated steel frame. The handles are adjustable to the users height. The steel frame ensures the unit is stable and easy to push in a straight line along the row.
Hoss Garden Seeder features:
- Removable hopper for filling and emptying seed
- Adjustable planting depth from 1/4″ – 1 1/2″
- Stand-alone design with back kickstand
- Plant small to large Seeds with accuracy and precision
- Easily change seed plates with simple wingnut design
- Includes Seed Plates #1-6; additional plates available here
- Optional Row Marker available
- Seed Plate #1 (HS4-1001) – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, turnips, mustard, rutabaga, and other fine Seeds
- Seed Plate #2 (HS4-1002) – onion, small coated Seeds
- Seed Plate #3 (HS4-1003) – okra, pelleted: carrots, lettuce, beets, chard
- Seed Plate #4 (HS4-1004) – small sweet corn, popcorn
- Seed Plate #5 (HS4-1005) – small peas and beans
- Seed Plate #6 (HS4-1006) – medium beans, peas, large sweet corn, field corn
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I used this seeder the first time in 2022. My garden is about 50’x70’ I grow large to small seed vegetables. Easy to use and understand. Instructions are easy to understand also. Seed plates are easily modified for seed size and planting rate. Works best in well worked soil without many obstructions. The biggest problem was cornstalks from the previous year. I would change two things. First, I would put numbers on the depth plate. Two I would make it plant deeper. I could only get sweet corn to plant a little over an inch deep. Not deep enough in my opinion. As a row crop farmer, my only other wish would be the ability to alternate the plate speed. perhaps 1.5 times faster. It’s far from necessary though. Don’t waste your time and money on Hoss’s competitor’s plastic planter. The one you can find in almost any farm, hardware, or major chain store. Worthless headache. I had one of those first. The Hoss seeder costs more yes but, there is no comparison for performance out of the box. I’m leaving a four star just because of the planting depth I achieved for corn. I would rate it five overall for quality, durability, and ease of use. I would definitely buy again but, it’s built so well I’m sure it will outlast me.
I bought this early in 2022. We are getting older and it is hard on a body to do all of the bending to plant a garden by hand. I used it to plant the garden last spring. It worked good. The drive wheel needs some tread on it to make it not slide on loose soil. I may have my son weld some 1/8" straps on the rear wheel to keep it from sliding. My wife and son could not make it plant when they tried to plant a fall garden. I don't know what kind of problem they had with it. Hopefully it works this spring. I still need to put some BLO on the handles before they get dirty or stained. The extra seed plates come in handy if you plant a variety of seeds. If I need more blank plates, I will just print them on the 3D printer.
I purchased this seeder in the early part of 2022, and I wanted to wait after using it some before leaving a review. This machine has been a pleasure to use. I am in zone 8b in South-East Georgia, and have the coastal sandy soil. When I planted my garden last year (2021) that was the first year of having a real garden, and it is 50 x 70 feet. Until then I just never had the place to have a garden, and used 5-gallon buckets on occasion to grow things. When we planted the garden, I did it the way my grandparents did when I was a kid, took a wheel hoe, cut a furrow, and used a 2x4 8 foot long with lines marked on it for seed spacing, then used the board to cover the seed over. After planting 16 forty-five foot rows, I began to think about the old ground driven farm equipment, but my garden is not big enough to justify a Farmall Cub or an Allis-Chalmers model G. Ahh, the world of the internet and YouTube. I first ran across some of the lightweight competitors’ row planters. I saw some of the problems, and I kept looking around, and found the Hoss Row Planter. The cost at first seemed out of anything I was going to be able to do. However, as I watched the various videos on YouTube, both Hoss Tools, and others who bought the planter and reviewed it; I became convinced that this machine was perfect for my garden. What finally did it was in one of the videos; Mr. Greg said that this planter was designed for Georgia sandy soil. Saved the money I did, plus family at Christmas helped. When the box arrived, everything was as it should have been. The assembly was straightforward, and I had it assembled in about 10 minutes. I have used it now to plant four crops: Burpee Bi-licious Sweet Corn, Burpee Blue Lake 247 Bush Beans, Burpee Okra, and, Hoss Tools Lancaster Sure Crop Corn. The first two, the sweet corn and green beans were planted the same time, about March 18, 2022. I had tilled about a month before planting. I had confused the instructions for the planter that goes on the wheel hoe with the dedicated row planter. So my soil was a little settled, we had two days of rain, and were going to have two more days of rain, and that was my only opportunity to get the crop in that early. I measured and set my string for the first row, placed the row marker on the machine, started planting the sweet corn, when the machine made a hard veer, the row marker dug in and started turning the implement around. The ground was very wet, and I will not criticize the row marker, as it was probably less than ideal conditions for it. (I have not used the row marker since then either, as I will explain later). Despite the wet packed sandy soil, with Live Oak leaves and other leafy material incorporated into the soil, and no furrow cut for the machine, I was still able to plant six fairly straight rows of corn, and 8 rows of green beans. At first, I was concerned because it was hard to tell whether enough seed was dropping through, and the occasional jam from too large of seed. The stand of corn came up, and there was plenty of corn seedlings. The green beans were more troublesome, due to the soil conditions, after the rain, I had to take a rake and cover over the seeds, as they became exposed. Again, not the seeders’ fault. From assembly to putting the planter away, I had the fourteen rows planted in less than three hours, where last year it took much longer than that to plant by hand all of those seeds. The next was the okra. Using my high wheel hoe, I cut furrows in the ground to assist in keeping the planter in a straight line. This worked wonderful, the soil had been tilled at the end of February, but it was very dry, and the soil was a little loose, and the planter did a great job on the seeding. On Memorial Day the Lancaster Sure Crop was planted. The total time from tilling to side dressing the six rows of corn took 6 hours and 15 minutes, of which was about 15 minutes to run the planter through the rows. Using my wheel hoe, I cut a 3-inch deep furrow, which got most of the plant matter out of the way. This is why I have not used the row marker since I have found it easier to make a furrow for the planter to run through than to try to mark for the next row. Some observations after using: 1) seed size needs to be checked before planting against the size of the holes in the plate. 2) When in the furrow, if the machine gets stopped because of plant material, a little slight downward pressure directed at the rear wheel allows the disc to ride over the obstruction. 3) Having about 2 or 3 foot of furrow more at both ends than the actual row to get a good start and stop at each end. 4) I like to fill the seed hopper about half full on the right side of the seed hopper, it allows the ability to watch the seed get picked up by the seed plate. 5). The only negative, the depth setting does not have any numbers of it. I absolutely enjoy using the row planter. It has been a labor saving, back saving, and time saving investment.
I would give it a five, except it doesn’t work for all types of seeds. It’s a dream if the seeds are round or in pellets, but corn was not fun. Especially with the hickory king seed. Yellow dent was ok but I had to keep very few seeds in the hopper so they would fall into the seed slot. Also the ground has to be very fine tilled. No root clumps what so ever. Tried a new garden spot this spring, took a lot of prep before the seeder worked. But next year will be better. Other than that this seeder is a time saver. Just wished it worked better for corn.
Highly descriptive article, I loved that a lot. Will there be a part 2?