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IMPLEMENTS.

The various agricultural implement makers were we'l represented, this part of the Bhow being very good. The number of exhibits was greatly m excess of chat of last year, the totel being the largest for any show yet hold here. There were not many novelties, but as an evidenca that agricultural machinery is keeping abreast of the times, many little improvements were noticeable. First on the catalogue were Messrs P. and D. Duncan, who had a couple of entries for Mr W, C. Walker^ special prize. There were no other entries m this class. Messrs Duacan's exhibits were their digging plough, which it will be remembered was shown at woik m this distrust some time ago, and a sack lifter for threshing machines, a n&w invention patented by Mr John Stalker. This contrivance is driven by a belt from the machine, and when a Shck is filled it is placed on a platform, operated by a lever, and which raises the eack to a convenient height for the man, whoso duty it is to carry it away to the heap, to take it on his shoulders. Messrs Beid and Gray had a fine show of thirty- one exhibits, including the firm's we'l-known ploughs, harrows, and other implements. The reaper and binder made by Messrs Beid and Gray came m for a good deal of notice and favorable comment. Several alterations have been effected since last year. The fingers are now level with the bottom of the platform, which will be a great benefit m lodged grain or short crops The elevator spindles are all bushed ana made easy of access for oiling. There is a new compound adjustable reel with great range, and two speeds to suithaavy or light crops, as the csse may be. The electors to the binders are made extra low down. All the parts are made of the very beßt material ; the main wheel has a specially strong steel rim. There are only two drive chains required on the machine. The binder is fitted with Gray's patent knottar, which ib simple and efficient, and is so contrive 1 as not to put an undue strain on the tw|ae when tying, thus allowing the use of a. lighter twloe than wonld otherwise be the osse. Messrs Beid and Gray also show one of their mole drain ploughs, an implement that hie done admirable service In Southland, tndls well adapted for cheaply and effiolentlv draining swampy land. A Cambridge roller, devised and manufactured by Mr P. Walker the manage; of the firm's local branch is shown. 4 common trouble with these rollers is that if they exceed nine feat m length the strain on the axle li so great that it is liable to ■nap. Mr Walker obviates this m a simple way. He has made the roller m three separate parts, the longest being In the centre, and the other two being attached to Its frame, whloh Is of aogleIron. A fourteen feet roller Is thus secured without the draught, as would otherwise be the case, being dlsproportlpriately Increased In order to give the requisite strength to the axle ; and with the advantage too, that the two shorter lengths can be detached and fixed so aa to travel behind the centre piece, for convenience ia travelling along roads, or going through gateways There Is no cumbroua looking wooden frame attached to the roller, the frame consisting of angle-Iron to whloh hooks are attaohed ao 'hat any team can be fastened thereto, Messrs P and 1). Duncan, m addition to the digging plough and sack lifter previously noticed, pad seme seventeen exhibits on the gfonnd. They showed a new manure and fcurnip cjirlll, which gained the twelve guinea prize at Timaru on Wednesday. This implement is a departure from the system generally ia vogue which is to drill the seed and manure together Several practical farmers obi oted to this system on {he ground that if the manure remains near the surface much of its virtue is lost, while on the other hand if it' is drilled deeply the seed which is with It cannot thrive. Measra l/unoan there fore devißed tne drill under notice which first deposits the fertilising agent m the boil, d}lowb a little earth fa fall over it, and then drops m the seed* If so det-ired the implement can be worked so an to drop manure and seed together. Iwo Implements of Ashburton manufacture, a gone cutter, and a stripper were ateo shown. Heßgrs Chapman Bros showed a fraction en/me, a combine, and a straw ahaker. This latter, which is their patent it * oomb-like arrangement which works em tty bjpfcen tf the cwbine, a^

j thrjs separates from the straw grain "which t would otherwise be lost. We understand , that this straw-shaker was worked by Messrs Chapman Bros, last eoaßon and found to act excellently. Messrs Booth McDonald and Oo hod fourteen exhibits oo the ground. Since last year this firm have improved their woolprees. There ia a new device for raising and lowering the upper box and the whole machine hae been simplified aud alrong'.honed. They show a donbl9 furrow pulverising plough, the advantages claimed for which are tha^ it ia of very light draught, and is readily convertible into on ordinary double funow plough. Messrs Andrews and Beaven showed sitne of their well-known chaff cutters and corn orashers and also ft farmers' combination churn. The exhibition of coachbailders' work from the local faotorles was a very satisfactory one. Mr W H Paget showed a sociable out and a Whitechapel osrt, the workmanship and finish of which wen excellent In a high degree. Messrs Baker and Brown npheld the good reputation of tbeir firm with the three vehicles shown by them. One of theße, a Whitcchape', waß a fire specimen of the coach p*l»ier't art m Its finish ; the other two, a White chapel and a daisy rustic, were varnished showing the wood and workmanship to advantage. Oa one of the carts was shown a new contrivance for fixing ths Beats of two-wheeled vehicles. This m the ißvention of Mr W. Hicks. The operation of altering the position of a seat In a vehicle is often trying to the temper, and Mr Hicks' convenient little invention deserves to meet with favor The supports for the seat are of angle iron fitted underneath with racks. A spindle runs under the seat with pinions at each end, these piniouß gearing In the racks. The i sea* can thus be moved backwards or ' forwards with the greatest of eaee and without the slightest ohance of It looking. When the seat is m the desired position the turning of a email thumb eciew attached to the spindle holds it there. The contrivance is simple and efficacious and has met with the approval of all who have Been it. Messrs J. R. Steel and Sods had a siraU booth fitted up, m which they showed four vehicles — a slngl. seated gig, a Whi ochape l , a single-Beaded buggy, and a double-seated waggon. The workmanship and finish left nothing to bt deiired, and went to Bhow tbat the loci! work is aa good as that elsewhere. Messrs Steel and Sons had a?so a number of specimens of coschbuilders' work on view, showing the wood m different stages of manufacture, from the rough wood to the finished artlc'e Messrs John Orr and Oo Bhowed the McOormick reap9r and binder, Mosers Frledlaader Bros the Massey, and Mr George J.uneson the Hornaby, this year's improvements to whloh have already been noticed m these columns. Mr D. Therms showed a Buckeye reaper. Several improvements have been effected m the new season,'* machine. A simple contrivance fits the machine for dealing with short or long stuff, and the driver c»n alter tins'zi of the bundle without touching a Blngle bolt or screw. The machine 1b adapted to oat as low down as possible. A Low down Buckeye w»s entered bat thb machln was accidentally left m Wellington Mr F. Ferriman bhowed a new season's Walter A, Woods machine, which has been improved considerably. Two canvasses have been dispensed with, and the remaining canvas is fitted with a selfcleaning apparatus which saves wear and tear. The plaform is of steel underneath, and the cut is as low ts possible. The knotter is simple and cffi:»ciou3 and tha manner of transporting the machine is very good. Messrs J. Quane and 00. showed the Brantford reaper and binder, a new machine to this district. It' is a chain drive, (s of ligtit draught, and a spring is provided which prevents jnlting if tho main wheel comes m contact with an obstacle. The reel is entirely manipulated by one lever, Mr Donald Willismson exhibits the Deering. On this machine ths tucker h»s been removed and the knotter is simplified. All tha croßß pieces are trues shaped, the gearing is covered, and the knife is driven from the end There is only one drive chain, and there n a rain guard for the reel. Mr D Thomas showed a Planet Jr borss hoe, plough and cultivator combined, and a combined drill wheel hoe, wheel cultivator and wheel plough. Messrs Friedlander Broß, had a mower, a seed drill, and a horse rake, manufactured by the Massy Company. Mr Wm, Taylor showed a set of three-horse swingle treep, a set two-horsa swindle trees, an expansion wheelbarrow wheel, and a horse shoe guage punch. Mr Thomas Danks showed a windmill and pump.

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IMPLEMENTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1886, 2 November 1888

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IMPLEMENTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1886, 2 November 1888

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