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» A fiald trial of reapers and binders, uader the auspices of tho Aahbactoa A. and P. Association, was held at Flem'n*tbo yesterJay, on the fa/m of Mr A J. Hußton, The trial wan one of the largest, If do' iho larpeßt, ever beldln the colony, the whole of tho eight makers, whoaa machines are nt present be'ngaold la New Zealand, balng rcpreaentod, and oinacqctently » grp«t deal of Interest was > vincei la it. Q \lto two hundred farmers, from all puts of tho district, wero present, aod they took a lively interest m the working of tho various maohinea, No Drzas wero awarded for the oinpetltion, it belog belrt paroly for tha purpose of exhibition. Before aomaienclng work, it was resolved by the Bgents of th« roaohiuoa that the paddock ahon'd be measured, »nd that each machine should, work oa a block of three chains by ten shuns It was also Bgroei that no vote of tho farmers ahoald bj taken os to the rospcotivd merits of the tmahinea, and that no oectifioate la regard to the work done shonld be takan on tho ground. The Eg;nts of the machines drew for plaocß m oatting the orop, and ihe draw resulted os follows:— Brant ford, Mejars J. QmnoandOo, Bgoors, 1; Hornaby, Air G, Jimason, »gant, 2; Baokeye, Me D. Thomis, agent, 3 ; Bold and Gray, 4 ; Massey, Meaara Fricdlaudor Bros, agents, , 5 ; Walter A Woods, Mr F. Ferrlraau, ' accent, 6 ; M oOormlck, Musars J. Ore and G)., agjnts, 7 ; Dderlng, Mr D, Williamsqn, aidant, 8. The Horasby and McGormlok were drawn to open out the orop, to allow an even start to be effected. The crop operated on wa* one of oats, jast on the tarn for ripening. Is was praotloally a self sown orop. Last season's mowing was drowned ont by floods, and iha fiw ears whloh reached maturity were allowed to ehed their corn where they grew. In Maroh last an additional bushel of seed to the aore was grabbed m, and grans and clover seed sown* Tho crop was very patohy and irfegnlar, and extremely thin In plaoes, but the olover had oome on woll, and m most parts made a dense and heavy nndergrowtb, nhloh reudored (be formation of good sheaves Impossible. The Masaey machine naed a plain Jtntfa throughout. "^ae Brantford. started With a slokle knife, bat aubstituted » plain one after making a few rounds. All the other machines auod aioklo knives. The Woods worked a 6ft Gin out, the Hornsby and Brantford 6ft oats, and the others sft 61n oats. All were drawn by two horse teama. Th.4 machines were set to work, punctually at one o'clock, by Mx D, Thoma*. Following Is a brief description of the performance of each, giren In the order m whloh the machines drew their placa for cattlog the orop : — • Brantford (GK 0 x, driver)— The portion of the emp which fell to this machine's share was very irregular, part balng green and heavy, and there being patches very thin ani light. There was a very heavy, olcso undergrowth, and a large boulder here and there prevented the ont being sot at ita lowest. A good clean nfubblo wai left, and the sheaves were well ani tightly tied, exoept where the undergrowth was very dense and wet, wbea a little of the short staff was delivered loose with the aheaf. This was the first appearance of this machine m a harvest field m this part of the colony, and Its work was mast favorably commented on by a large number of the farmer! present. Hornsby, (K. Rimlngton, driver)— The orop was short and thin on the whole, and there was a heavy undergrowth of olovar. A good clean stubble, fairly short, was left. The sheaves were well tied except where the olover was unusually heavy. The frequency of boulders on part of the plot prevented aoloser cut. Baokeye, Elevator miohine, (John Haaton, driver)— The crop was irregular, and there wnn considerable undergrowth of clover. Whsn some two-ihirds of its work had baen done the machine met with an accident, a plooe of steel fencing wire getting into the knottor.and snapping a casting. As a consequence of the accident work had to be discontinue! Till than the maohjue bad been dolug excellent wosk, leaving a close and clean stdbble and tying the sheaves exceedingly well. It should be said that this machine was used by Mr Huston last harv4jt» and oat upwards of $00, acres without theiiHghtest rtp^lr being rtqalred. Reid and Qray, (Molford, drlvyr)— The orop allotted to the Iteid and Gray was a fiir one, with the exception of ona ond where It was vary thin. Trie machine commenced by leaving a high, h regular stabble, but afterw»rda materially im* proved m this respect. Toe sheaves were fairly tied, axoept whero there was a preponderance of olover. The draught of the machine appeared too heavy for two horses. •Massey, (B. Molieao, driver) -The orop was uneven, bot.;the olover less luxuriant than on the preceding lot?. Tbe stubble w)s left Irregular In plaoes, and several of the sheaves were badly tied. It was the opinion of m uay that a* neater sheaf would have been made If the binder had been set nearer the butts. $Iso that the naohine would have showed better work had it beeq driven at a lower rate of speed, Woods, "Single ipron," (Hunt, driver)— This machine had a very patohy piece of crop to work upon. The machine had not been ran previously, and from Boma unexplained caaae made several stoppages, and to general disappointment did anything bat satief»o l .ory work. McOormlok (John Lord, driver).— The orop was patcb,y, aad m places extremely short and thin. The stubble was left vety olean, even, and short, and the sheaves ware tied e^qellsutly, tho knot being perfect, ©eerlng (E, Harris, drlver)—Tbe orop was if anything worse than that which fell to tho MoOormlck A good olean even atubblo waa left and tbe sheaves were well tied. The machines finiihed their blooka In the following times :— McOorralok, 1 hour 65mln ; Deerlng (a stighf/y 7ess irea to out th*n tbe othfire), 2 houra Qtnln j Brantford, 2 hours §tnin ; Masaey, 2 hoars 20raln ; Hornsby, 2 hours 30mln ; Woods, 2 hoars SSmln, There was little to ohoose between the oottlng of the Daerlng, McOormlok, Baokeye, Brantford " and Hprnsby maohlaea, all being excellent. la tying the McOjrratck made decidedly the best and cleanest work, bat it mast be said that this was a point whloh depended In great measure upon the expertnesn of the drivers, for m some places the crop waa so Irregular that literally every sheaf had to be tied at a different height. The driving was a weak point with several of the maohines. At the conclusion, Mr Thomas announced that another trUl would t)B held nearer Ashbnrton, within three weeks' time, when each machine woald have five or six aores to out. Judges would be selected, and polnvs awarded, so that a thorough test of the merits of the. respective maohlnes might be made. Oheera wero given for the farmers, the agents, and for Mr Huston for the trouble he had taken In conneotton with the trial.

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REAPER AND BINDER EXHIBITION, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2020, 22 December 1888

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REAPER AND BINDER EXHIBITION Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2020, 22 December 1888