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The various agricultural implement .makers were well represented, this part of ' the Show being very good. The number of exhibits was greatly m excess of that of last year, the total being the largest for any show yet held here. There were not many novelties, bat as an evidence that agricultural machinery is keeping abreast of the times, many little improvements were noticeable. First on the catalogue were Messrs P. and D. DuDcan, who had a couple of entries for Mr W, 0. Walker's special prize which was awarded t© them. There -were no other entries m this class. Melaars Duncan's exhibits were their digging plough,. which it wwitU -t be remembered was -shown at work • la this district some time ago,, and a sack lifter" for threshing machines, a». hew $■... invention patented by Mr John Stalker. This contrivance is driven by a belt from the raacbiae, and when a suck is filled it is placed on a platform, operated by a lever, and which raises- the oaok to a convenient height for' the man, whose 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 well-known ploughs, harrows, and other. implements. The reaper and binder made by Messrs Reid 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 beta great benefit m lodged grain or short crops The elevator spin j les are all bushed and made easy of access for oiling. There is a new compound adjustable reel with great range, and two speeds to suit heavy or light oropa, as the cage may be. The, elevators to the binders are made extra low down. All the parts are made of the very best mater -al ; the main wheel has a specially strong steel rim. There are only two drive chains required on -the machine. The binder is fitted with Qray'a patent knotter, whloh \b simple: and efficient, and is so contrived es not to put an undue Btraio on the twine when tying, i thus allowing the use of a lighter twine than would otherwise be the « Messrs Raid and Gray aloot eUow one ot tbete mole drain ploughs, an implement that has done admirable service In Southland, and is well adapted for oheaply and efficiently draining swamp; land. Messrs P. andD, Duncan, m addition to the digging plough and sack lifter previously noticed, had some seventeen exhibits on the gronnd. They showed a new manure and turnip drill, which gained the twelve guinea prize at Timaru on Wednesday . This implement Is a departure from the system generally m vogue, which, ii to drill the seed and manure together. Several practical farmers objected to this system on the ground that if the manure remains near the surface muoh of its virtue is loot, while on the other hand if it is drilled deeply the seed which is with it cannot thrive. Messrs Duncan there* fore devised the drill under notice which first deposits the fertilising agent m the soil, allows a little earth to fall over tt, and then drops m the seed* If so desired the implement can be worked so as to drop manure and seed together. Iwo implements of Ashburton . manufacture, * goree cutter, and a stripper were blbo shown. .Messrs Chapman Bros, showed a traction engine, a combine, and a straw shaker. This latter, whioh is their patent, ib a comb-like arrangement whioh work* over tbe shakers of the combine, and thus separates from the straw grain which would otherwise be lose. We understand that this straw-shaker was worked by Messrs Chapman Bros .. last season and found to act excellently. Messrs Booth McDonald and 00. had fourteen exhibits on the ground. Since last year firm have improved their woolpreas* There is a new device for raising and lowering the upper box and the whole machine has been simplified and strengthened. They shew a double furrow pulverising plough, the advantages claimed for. vhlch are that it Is of very light draught, and ii readily convertible into, an ordinary double fqrrow plough. Meiirs Andrews and Beaven, showed some of their wellknown chaff cutters and oorn crushers and also Turner's combination ohurn. The exhibition of ooachbnllders' work from the local factories was a very satis* faotory one. Mr W. H. Paget showed • Bootable ©art and a Whlteohapel otrk, the workmanship and finish of whloh were excellent m a high degree* . Messrs Baker and Brown upheld, the. good reputation of their firm Vfl^h the. three vehicles shown tjy, them . One of these, a Whiteoh*pel, was a fine speolmen of tbe coach painter's art m its finish ; the other two, a White, ohapel and a daisy rustlo, were varnished showing the wood and workmanship, to advantage. Oa one of the carts was shown • new contrivance foe fixing the seats of iwo-wheeled vehlolen. This Is the invention of Mr W. flicks, The opera* tlon of altering the position of a seat In a vehlole is often trying to the temper, and Mr HlokV convenient little Invention deserves to meet with favor. The supports for the Beat of angle iron fitted underneath with racks. A spindle runs under the sqat with pinions at each end, these pinions gearing In the racks. The seat oan thus be moved backwards or .forwards with the greatest of ease and without the slightest chance of it looking. When the seat is In the desired position the turning of a small thumb soiew attached to the spindle holds it there* The contrivance is simple and effiaaoions and has met with the approval of all who. lave seen it, Messrs J. R. Steel and Sona had a avail booth fitted up, m which they showed four vehloles— » single seated gig, a Whi.eohapel, a slngle«ae«ted buggy.i and a douhle-seated waggon. The workmanship and finish left nothing to ha doalred, and went to show that theloesl work Is as good at that eliowbere. . Meojra Steel and Sons had also a number of Bpeoitnens of coaghbuildere' work on view', Bhowing the wood m different stages of ttwnnfa.qtn ) re { from, fee -mgh wood to

the fiotihed article. All the wood Is colonial, tome aah and elm grown at Chrlitohnreh being ibown, the quality of whloh Is ezeellent. Mesari John Orr and Go showed the McOormiok reaper and binder, Maflari Frtedlander Bros the Maieey, and Mr George Jameson the Horaabjr, this year's Improvements to which hare already been notloed In these columns. Mr D. Thomas stowed a Buokeye reaper. Several improTements have been effected In the new season's machine. A simple contrivance fits the machine for dealing with short or long stuff, and the driver can alter the slzi of the bnndle without touching a single bolt or screw. The machine Is adapted to oat m low down as possible. A Low down Bookeye w«s entered bat this maohln? was accidentally left In Wellington Mr V. Ferriman showed a new season's Walter A. Woods maohlne, whioh has been Improved considerably. Two o»nTaases have been dispensed vltb, and the remaining canvas is fitted with a selfeleantoß apparatus which saves wear and tear. The pla'form Is of tt«el underneatb, and the cat is m low as possible. The knotter Is simple and efficacious and the manner of transports Ing the maohlne is very good. Messrs J. Qnane and Go. showed the Brantford reaper and binder, a new machine to this district. It is a chain drive, Is of light draught, and a spring is provided which prevents jolting it the main wheel comes m contact with an obstacle. The reel is entirely manipulated by one lever. Mr Donald Williamson exhibits the DeeriDg. On this machine the tucker his been removed and the knotter is simplified . All the ctoib pieces are truss shaped, the gearing is covered, and the knife is driven from the end There is only one drive chain, and there h a rain guard for the reel. Mr D Thomas showed a Planet Jr horsa hoe, plough and cultivator combined, and a combined drill wheel hoe, wheel cultivator and wheel plough. Messrs Friedlander Bros, had a mower, a seed drill, and a horse rake, manufactured by tho Massey Company. Mr Win. Taylor showed a act of three-horse swingle trees, a set of two-horse swindle trees, an expansion wheelbarrow wheel, and a boree shoe guage punch. Mr Thomas Danks showed a windmill and pump.

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IMPLEMENTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1987, 3 November 1888

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IMPLEMENTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1987, 3 November 1888