Languishing in the back shed of a friend of Our John’s was this very old four row planter.  The moment he was offered it John was in the truck and collecting it. As near as we can work out with the minimum of research this looks like a John Deere 490 Planter.  Maybe from the late 50’s?DSC_0162

And now it is in Johns back shed. He worked in it all yesterday and probably this weekend we will plant another stand if sweetcorn – just because we can! If he can work it out.


You can see why the old fella’s were frequently missing fingers.


So now we can plant crops for the pigs. Whatever corn we don’t eat or sell goes to them. Straight from the plant, cob and all.  Above are two fast shots of part of the area that surrounds John’s workshop out at the home farm.  This is where he will retire to at the end of this year. Lucky there is no wifi out there or I would never see him again!


All day the winds blew a gale and the storms passed us by. We just dried out even faster. Watching the rain roar North.


Until the Gods smiled on us and sent two quick deluges, with high winds and hail. I was thankful though. These squalls were the whip in the tail and within minutes of their passing the rain dropped and the skies cleared.


And all was well.

I need to work fast today. My last guest left yesterday and another couple arrive tomorrow. The airbnb is Rocking!

I hope you have a lovely day.

Love celi


Sunny with a high of 78F. (My usual weather station will not load this morning!). Ah well.


32 Comments on “JOHN DEERE 490 PLANTER

  1. A planter AND A. John Deere…wow! From 1952 ..that was a good year as i was 12 years old and met my future husband…. If l had a glass of something in my hand instead of an ipad l would say ….Lets raise a toast to John,s new planter and Miss C,s answer to her problems….The Good Lord works in mysterious ways…. Have a super duper day..planting corn for pigs

  2. Your John already has quite a collection of antiquities. His retirement plan evidently. At least he won’t be planted underfoot (so to speak <[{:~)- ).

  3. You have to love old farm equipment. It was built to last, and last it did. I bet Our John gets it running pdq…

  4. Talk about memories. My dad’s first “important” job was working for John Deere in Moline. He started there in about 1936 or so — a date I know only because he hitchhiked back and forth to south-central Iowa every weekend to court my mother, until they married in 1938. They lived in Moline for a while, before moving back to Iowa in 1946.

  5. Impressive machinery. Do you still have the cooking oil Golf? Neither of you will look prettier with missing fingers, be careful. Laura

  6. Too, too cool!!! A wonderful project, among seemingly many others, for Our John, to get it up and running! xo

  7. Love that sky at the end. Very unusual. Men and their toys. They love to tinker and make things work. It’s good that they do. Wonderful photos of the farm.

  8. That planter – like so many thing of the bygone era is a thing that any layman with intention and attention can maintain and fix. We don’t make those anymore. Now we put things into the market that are so complex that one professional cannot understand the whole of it. I love the tech but it feels more teetery now that it is so complex.

  9. The new planter is truly a thing of beauty!!! May you both have countless good seasons on her! The pictures are phenomenal, but no critters, not even a Boo or Ton! What I gasped at was my old Jeep Grand Wagoneer sitting amongst the parked cars! Thank you for the browse about your homestead!

  10. He’ll figure it out. He is a wizard with mechanical things, much like my father was. A little WD40 and lube and you’ll be good to go. Wonderful to look at.

  11. I’m glad the airbnb is going so well! One day I would love to stay. 😀

  12. Love the planter, quite a beast, I keep checking old barns to find our own one day 🙂 Great to hear Airbnb is going well.

  13. “These squalls were the whip in the tail” SO love this expression (and glad you got a couple of wags with the whip; )
    Congrats on the “new” seeder and yes, don’t forget to turn off the bloody PTO!

  14. How nice that it is still intact. My Pa still has his Model A pickup. What is most impressive about it is that he is only the third owner of it! He got it from his father-in-law in Julesburg, and brought it to Washington, which was probably the first time it had ever been out of Colorado and Nebraska. Mr. Jensen (my Pa’s father-in-law) got it from his uncle, who purchased it new. I hope that it goes into a museum after my Pa is no longer driving it (which will be a while). I hate to think of it getting defiled and becoming one of those commodities that gets bought and sold by collectors with a lot of money that they do not spend on presentable clothing. (Why do those who spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on cars wear shorts, flip flops, ball caps and tee shirts that I would be embarrassed to sell at a garage sale?)

  15. I would love to stay at your airbnb, just to look at all of John’s treasures! I see some beautiful classic cars and trucks, with the patina that is perfect. I think I spotted a Lincoln in the shed, as I could tell by the suicide doors. John is a lucky man to have amassed these treasures, and now have time to work on them when he retires. As the old saying goes, I would be in hog heaven to look at all his toys. Wai looks handsome. Poor little guy, to think anyone would do that to a living creature. You have done a most admiral job on healing him. You are a good Farmy Ma!

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