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Ah the harvest Benson draws near, the agents for the various makes of reapers and binders are baay preparing for the disposal of their reipeotive machines. Yebterduy vre inspected three, v.z,, the MoGormick, theHomsby, aDd the Maaaey. Year by year improvrmenta, suggested by experience, are effected m each maohlne, till It would now Bteaa that perfection, as near aa poaalble, has beea attained.

The Hornaby (Mr G Jameson, Agent), has bsen altered » good deal aiooe last aeaBOD. The machine is muoh lower m elevation ; tha knives are bo plaoed that tbey will cat si low down as it Is possible to oat, and the ander part of the platform is steel, as Iron would quickly wear oat. An extra roller, oalled the conveyaDoa roller, for lifting stuff on to the binder table, has bean adied, There Is also an extra packer making three In all, this addition tending to remove any risk of staff panning. Wliea tn*e sheaf Is tied, the construction of the moohanlßm prevents any unploasant shake, whioh In some machines is apt to oooar. There la an extra Uke-op spring which catches the I'aok of the twluu, preventing it; beooming entangled In the needle or pickers. All thflNtaaln beatings are brass bushel ; the ear lifter is automatic and the bindertable Is of sheet steel instead of wood, as was formerly the oase. All the oil boles are covered, and easy to get at, being plaoed on the outside of tba machine wherever poaßlble, whloh of course is a great convenience In oiling the working parts and all the levers for controlling the gear are plaoed handy to the driver's seat. The very best material fa ased In the oqnstraafion, and the new machine Is well worth a visit from farmer*,

The Maaaey (Messrs Frtedlander Bros,, agents), la a new maohine to this district, but is already widely known, It was first introduoed here towards the end of last harvest, and at ouoe met with a great deal of favor. One of its chief features then was its great simplicity, and although the new season's maohine has not been 'much altered, what lUtle. has been done Is mainly a still further advance In the direction of simplification of the gear, By an extension of the shaft one of the driving chains has been' dispensed with, the whole maohine being now driven by one chain only. The only other alteration Is the deepening of the platform.

The Maaaey Company have alao sent ont this year some of their Toronto light mowers and horse rakes, whioh Meqsra Frledlander Bros, have on view, „ . .', •

The new season's MoOormlok maoblne (Messrs John Orr and 00, agents) has undergone a good deal of alteration from that of last year, its weight having been greatly reduoed, and Its parts simplified. In the knotter seven parts now do the work which formerly required 46 for Its performance". The main frame is of square steel tubes which gives the maximum of strength with the minimum of weight. The main wheel has straight steel spokea oast deeply and solidly Into che hub, and the Utter Is fitted with ». closed oil cup, holding enough for a half day's supply. A new raising device for the main wheel is provided, the lever and ratchet of which Is malleable. A V-shap6cl spring has been attached to the platform canvas, whioh ensure* that the canvas Is always tight, A new guard has been fitted to the ontter b»ra and the sickles. This has a ledger plate running baok to the bat bo that the sickle most lie flat, and there is alao a friolloulesa surfaoe. The trip and compressor finger is single, making It muoh easier to oompress the handle than when It Is double. By the chain drive alone two gear wheels and sixteen other parts have been dispensed with, and the twine take up weight has done away with the complicated slack arm. The malleable breast plate dispenses with the tucker, thus doing with olno pleoes lese. The raising and lower* Ing of the machine is oarried out by a crank which is easily and effectively worked. The tension Is made co that a knot or enlargement of the twine will not olog It, aad It always keeps the name pressure on the twine whether Urge or small. The bearing surfaces have been hardened, tho roller* bushed, and the motion deoreaaqd. The height of the maohine has also been rednoed, and its weight lessened to a very great extent. The new maohine has been on view here for some weeks, and has attraoted mnoh attention and favorable comment,

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REAPERS AND BINDERS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1975, 20 October 1888

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REAPERS AND BINDERS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1975, 20 October 1888