REAPER AND BIDDER TRIAL.
, , * — : (From our own Correspondent.) Christchurch, Jan. 16. A trial of the Johnston and Wood string binders came off at Prebbleton today. The Johnston did very well in a moderate crop of oats, tying small sheaves with very strong twine, but not tying them as regularly tight as theDeering did. The Wo xl was at work in a heavy crop of oats, 6ft. high, green, and sometimes wet with showers, so that it made little progress. The binder choked often, and many obstructions arose. The sheaves it turned off were large and badly tied, and but for the frequent long stoppages and taking less width than the machine was made for, the horses would have been unequal to the work. Neither of the machines can be said to have done their work so remarkably well as the Deering binder did, but there was very little to complain of in the Johnston.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 49, 17 January 1880
REAPER AND BIDDER TRIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 49, 17 January 1880
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