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Additional interest is given to artificial manure distributors at the present time, from the fact that they are being largely used for ’ gravelling the streets in frosty weather, perform- 7 ing that operation much more effectively and expeditiously than ever could be expected from ,- manual labor The distributor of Messrs Pamphilou and Co., Whittl -sford. which was. ' shown in action as far as possible at SinithfieldClub Show, is now being tested in this capacity; 'I by the Salford Corporation. A back view of this appliance as modified for its new work, shows - the distinctive feature to b; the absence of cup s and rollers. It is constructed almost entirely of : timber, so that there is no liability to corrosion, ■ and-consists of an upper and a lower box. The upper box is divided into two parts, rhe higher acting as a reservoir for holding the gravel or .. manure, and feeding the lo ver portion as re-; quirod. The lower portion contains the stirrer, . consisting ofja shaft set with pins, and made to ' revolve by spur gear from one of the land wheels. . This shaft is thrown in and out of gear by a lever. clutch, the driver taking his seat on the coverat the front side The bottom of this upper box is fitted with a slide, sat by the bars which are ~ seen projecting, so as to regulate the delivery; ' and every eighth of an inch that this slide is’ withdrawn increases the dressing by one-hundred- ‘ - weight to the acre. The lower or distributing box is suspended from the upper by hanger links, and is made to oscillate laterally by level wheel and pinion, crank and connecting rod, worked off- - the other land wheel, and also thrown in and out of gear by a lever clutch on the right. Flappers are hung loosely at the bottom for,throwing the stuff right and left. For turnips - or mangolds a box with serrated bottom arid' aperturs is attached for sowing the manure ini. drills. The horizontal lever is for occasionally moving a stirrer, when nitrate of soda or other substance liable to cake together is employed, i When soot is used, the cover serves, with 'some additional boards, to increase the capacity of the hopper. This appliance, which will distribute all kinds of artificial manure, carried off' . the only prize at the late Cowbridge Show. The farmyard manure-spreader is made entirely of wrought iron, no oast iron being used on account of it# liability to break during fro-it It is attached to a hook in the centre of an ordinary ■ - cart axle; and is fed by a man standing on the. apparatus aud raking the manure in from thecart. One of the land wheels is geared to rollers.

over which passes a web armed with slats and' spikes for delivering the manure, while the other landwhsel drives an agitator, or shaft set

with knives arranged helically, for affording a

regular dressing. A lever-clutch throws the feed-web in and out of gear. It is claimed that, by the use of this machine, which is highly approved of by agriculturists, labor is saved, as there is no heaping; time is save!, as the hands: usually employed to spread cm be put to other work; and manure is saved, as it is turned to account in the ground.

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PAMPHILON'S MANURE DISTRIBUTOR., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 105, 27 May 1880, Supplement

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PAMPHILON'S MANURE DISTRIBUTOR. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 105, 27 May 1880, Supplement