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Earthway 1001-B Precision Garden Seeder Review

Earthway 1001-B Precision Garden Seeder Review

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The Earthway 1001-B Precision Garden Seeder is an ideal tool for row crop planters. Simply install the correct precision seed plate for the type of seed you are planting, use the ground opener to adjust planting depth, and set the desired width on the 30-inch long row marker. Fill up the hopper with seeds and start pushing over the prepared soil. That's all there is to it!

There are 6 standard seed plates that come with the Earthway 1001-B: sweet corn (18100), leeks, radishes, and spinach (18101), lettuce, carrots, and turnips (18102), small beans and peas (18103), Early June and Jumbo peas (18104) and okra, beets, and Swiss chard (18105), and a blank adjustable plate that lets you create you own customized plate for an exact seed spacing requirement or a particular seed (18106). Optional seed-plate kits are available and include broccoli (18110), light carrot (18109), popcorn (18124), cucumbers (18112), and lima beans (18124). Also available are seed-plate storage cases (1100A) and a side dress fertilizer attachment (1500) which fits into the place of your removable row marker.


  • Small bottom plow moves debris, small, and large clumps easily
  • Seeder easily cuts through busted sod
  • Purchased in 1970 and it's still going strong!
  • Fantastic back saving equipment
  • Best option for the price


  • Some seeds get crushed and caught before they leave the hopper
  • Not useful for grass seed, alfalfa, clover, or wheat
  • Row marker didn't leave a clear line
  • Handle can be uncomfortable


  • A semi-assembled frame of aircraft aluminum
  • New retaining clip and row marker
  • Guaranteed rust proof wheels
  • Cover chain and adjustable ground opener
  • 6 precision seed plates
  • Manufacturer 5-year limited warranty
  • Made in USA


The Earthway 1001-B Precision Garden Seeder eliminates the problem of skipped plants and seed rot by using precise spacing and depth to pack and cover all sides with one operation. This product is designed for efficient, effective, easy planting. It spaces seeds automatically at the correct intervals, packs the soil, and marks in advance the next row. This product has a weather resistant, tough construction (some assembly is required). Supplementary seed plates may be purchased separately.

The Earthway Garden Seeder is made for middle-sized to large gardens and geared toward bulk seeding. It dramatically decreases the time that is spent planting seeds manually, and seeds are planted more accurately. Gone are the days of planting on your hands and knees!

The first step is to choose the correct seed plate for the crop desired. Second, adjust the ground opener's planting depth. Third, set the width wanted on the 36-inch long row marker. Fourth, fill up the hopper with seeds. Finally, head out and seed the well-tilled soil.

This seeder will open up the soil, choose the correct spacing, and plant seeds rapidly. It will then pack soil over seeds while getting the next row ready.

The Earthway sweet corn seed plate (18100) measures 7.2 inches and plants most sweet corn varieties in addition to other larger seed types. The Earthway radish seed plate (18101) will plant radishes, asparagus, spinach, leeks, and any other fine seed. Earthway carrot seed plate (18102) measures 4.5 inches and plants carrots, some lettuce, endives, cabbages, turnips, tomatoes, onions and additional fine seeds. The bean seed plate (18103) from Earthway measures 3.6 inches and is good for planting small peas. The peas seed plate (18104) measures 3 inches and will plant some Early June and Jumbo peas. The beets seed plate (18105) measures 3.6 inches and will plant Swiss chard, okra, and other medium sized peas.

A large number of additional plates can be ordered separately. Earthway 18106 is a blank seed plate that allows customization of seed size and spacing. Earthway 18108 is an optional light seed and carrot plate that measures 4.5-inch spacing. It plants turnips, rutabagas, lettuce, light cabbage, kale, mustard and other finer seeds. Earthway 18109 is an optional cauliflower seed cake measuring 1" spacing. It plants cauliflower, mustard, cabbage, rutabaga, turnip and similar fine seeds. Earthway 18110 is an optional cucumber plate. It measures 9-inch spacing and plants cucumbers, gourds, squash, pumpkins, and similar flat seeds. Earthway 18112 is an optional popcorn seed plate measuring 9 inches. It plants medium-sized seeds less than 0.25 inches in diameter.


The Earthway 1001-B Precision Garden Seeder has been highly rated by online reviewers. Fully 78% of reviewers found this product to be either exceptional or well above average. Twenty-two percent of users have some issues with this product, including its aluminum and plastic construction, a too light spacing arm, rear wheels not touching the ground, bent aluminum handles which are uncomfortable to use, and the fact that the hopper must be completely filled with seeds before it releases the seeds into the ground.

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Mark Kelly

Hi, I'm Mark the owner of Yard Care Gurus. I love to be outside working on my lawn, planning my next project. I created this website to help people like you find the best products for yard care and great advice. Thanks for stopping by!

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