In Reply to: Re: 1945 ferguson implements drill- rusty but useable? posted by kristi lopez on September 16, 2015 at 17:45:22:
If you have a grain drill with seed spouts seven or eight inches apart, that would be most appropriate for seeding pasture. Some grain drills feature a smaller seed box on the front or back which works best for smaller seed such as timothy or clover. On any of these machines some penetrating oil and gentle persuasion should get all the moving parts freed up. To cover grass seed the drill should have short lengths of chain attached behind each spout. These are still available from Agri-Supply and other farm stores, or in a pinch any little piece of chain is better than nothing. The real advance that the grain drill made was in covering the seed to prevent it from becoming bird feed. The Brits also used to create "Oatseed furrows" which were just shallow grooves in the soil into which broadcast seed would fall to be covered then by pulling a light drag type implement over the field thus closing the furrows.