Planet Junior Edger No.2

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Planet Junior Edger No.2

I was going through my hand held edgers and thought I would post this small American version - The following information is from the History of Colorado website:                        Planet Junior No. 2 Lawn Edger  Maker :S.L. Allen & Co. Inc       Country :United States of America.  Locale :Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dates: 1930-1950.                 Description : Long wooden bar with rounded short sides, made of oak with a light golden varnish. At one end, two black iron bars are fastened to wood via two black bolts on either of the wide flat sides. A steel disk is inserted between the two bars, secured via a smaller centre disk which is fastened to the larger one along one side with a central bolt and 3 small rivets around the centre. Handle is curved at far end where grip is intended.  The description could be for the Junior No 1 and the differences between No1 and No2 need to be verified. ( I can confirm that the No2 refers to the second implement produced by SL Allen and not the second model of edger. Strangely the company incrementally numbered each model irrespective of type with the next number in line. I have informed the website.)                                  Inscription : embossed  along wooden handle: "Planet Jr. MADE IN U.S.A. NO. 2 EDGER TRADE MARK REG. U.S                                                   This edger was manufactured by the S.L. Allen company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which manufactured the "Planet Junior" line of small-scale tools for home gardening and agriculture, including hand-propelled tillers, ploughs, and lawn mowers. The company was founded by the inventor Samuel Leeds Allen in 1868, and the Planet Junior name arose from a small fertilizer and seed-dropper drill he invented which first received that name. This No. 2 edger was used to maintain the smooth edges of lawns, vegetable and flower beds, and operates like a pizza-cutter by pushing the handle forward to rotate the disk and cut a smooth line through turf. 

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What an interesting edger, I

What an interesting edger, I have a number of edgers but not seen a Planet version, will check if I have any further info for you, as its a No2, was there a No1?

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Believe it or not No1 was a

Believe it or not No1 was a seeder. The numbering system for Planet was very strange.

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Have a bit more info, found

Have a bit more info, found the earlier Planet Edger certainly being sold from 1891 to 1920 also used for trimming strawberry runners, copy ad below, the one you have looks to have been sold in catalogues from 1921 to at least 1941, again ad below. A nice addition to any collection & indeed for those of us in shall we say mature years, its light & easy to move around!!!!

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Thanks for the information.

Thanks for the information. It's amazing when you delve into the history and development of some tools how far back they go and indeed how recently they were still manufactured.

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Hi

Hi

That Planet Junior No2 was never sold over here,so someone has imported it,my bet is it came from a collection in the Essex area.

There is a variation on the number 2,which has a flower guard.We have both,which I shipped home some 15 years ago.I'll dig them out and get a picture

The useful aspect is they do a far better job cutting pizzas than turf!

All the best

Andrew