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I plant about 40 tomato plants each year and that is a real chore.  I made this tool as a prototype, refining it several times before getting it to work good.   It now works so good that I have used it several years, without remaking it as something that looks better.  

I use it to transplant my tomatoes into my garden and also to plant grass plugs on my 15 acres.  It is the best thing I have ever used for plugging grass.  I am 78 years old and can move 200 plugs per day with no problem.  


The video shows it being used to transplant tomatoes.   Sorry it is not better, but **** happens.  I will try to replace it.  The photos show it being used plugging grass.  The 4th photo shows removing a plug of bermuda grass. The 5th and 6th show it being set out at a bare spot in the yard.  I usually plug 100 or more, load them in a little red wagon, haul them to bare spot, plant them, loading the bar plugs in the wagon,  then take them back where I got the grass plugs, and refill the holes with the plugs removed from the bare spot. Unless you hunt for it, you wouldn't know I did anything.  The yard is as smooth as it was before I did the plugging.

The cutting tube and top handle is made of stainless steel.  The plunger and the rest of it is mild steel.  I welded it with a MIG welder.  The little hose clamp on the bottom holds 2 pieces of angle iron acting as an adjustable depth control.  I would be happy to answer any questions about it.  It is one of the most used tools I have ever made.
<p>Dad made something like this to do water perk tests. Seems to do the trick pretty well though. Good work.</p>
pretty handy tool! could have used it when I was working on the farm
<p>Thanks for the comment David &amp; welcome to Instructables.</p>

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