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New Patent Flexible Harrows.

A public trial of a new kind of flexible harrow took place this mornirg, on Mr Joseph Hunt’s farm, Wakanui road. Owing no doubt to their not being sufficient publicity given, there was only a few farmers present. Mr Beattie, of the firm of Messrs Haxton and Beattie, Gore, was in attendance, and explained thoroughly the working part of the harrows, which are very simple, and at the same time most ingenious. Messrs Haxton and Beattie are the inventors and patentees, and have patenteed their rights in the various countries throughout the world. The harrows (which are now to be seen at the Exhibition in No. 1 tent) are made so that every part of the ground, however rough, can be touched by them. The tines are very strong and durable, and are made all in one piece of rod iron bent in the middle, so as to form a V, and the two ends bent again in an opposite direction, with a peculiar twist, so forming the tooth of the harrow. Each piece is linked together in a most ingenious manner, and can be taken to pieces or put together at will, but cannot possibly become dis-at-tached when working. There are ninety pieces containing two teeth each, in a IGft harrow, and they can be all put in a box 3ft long by 12 inches deep, when taken to pieces. Thus it will be seen that there are 190 teeth, or nearly one tooth to the inch of ground covered, and thus ensuring nearly every particle of the land being harrowed. The easy draught shown, and the excellent result from this morning’s trial, must convince farmers in our district that these harrows, at no distant period, are the best and most serviceable invented. They can also be turned upsido down, and in this way can be used as chain harrows, doing exactly the same kind of work. The flexibility of the whole harrow, which is linked together by these peculiar twists, is a most desirable object to be gained, as, whether the ground is rough or smooth, it will all be touched with the teeth. Mr Beattie regretted being unable to get a piece of freshly broken up rough ground to show off the work properly. However, the land selected for the trial was quite sufficient to show that these harrows will answer admirably. Another great convenience is, that should any of the teeth require sharpening they can be removed at a moment’s notice by simply unhooking the V link. The swingletree used this morning was also a speciality of the same firm’s manufacture, and is a great improvement on any now in general use. All present expressed themselves highly pleased with the harrows and the result of the trial, and the low cost at which they can be obtained. Several orders have been given already by some influential farmers in the district, and soon, we will predict, their use will become general. As Mr Beattie is unable to stop longer than a few days, Messrs Poyntz and Co., the local agents, will give any information required.

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New Patent Flexible Harrows., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 303, 26 March 1881

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New Patent Flexible Harrows. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 303, 26 March 1881