AN ASHBUBTON INVENTION. A public trial of a potato-digger, the • invention of Messrs Keir and Hunt, of ' Ashburton, was held on Friday at Mr T. Dawson's farm, Hornby. The machine : consists of a rectangular iron frame with four wheels, the hind wheels being utilised to give motion to .the gearing, and the , front wheels to which the horses are : yoked being on a swivel stalk for ease in steering. There is also a grating inclining from the axle of the hind wheels for four . feet, terminating close to the front wheels. 'To this framing the specially designed I share is attached, so constructed as to J penetrate the ground, raising the potatoes, ! which fall on to the grating, up whiq|r ; they are conveyed by means of rods or j 1 battens connected at each end to chains j which traverse the sides of the grating, j from the. share to the back axle. These chains receive motion by means of sprocket wheels, and revolve on friction j rollers at the foot of the frame. There are means handy to the driver for i regulating the depth at which the share J works, or for withdrawing it from-the j ground for turning. The work on Friday appeared to thoroughly satisfy those ' present. The machine is a light twohorse draught, and judging from.its work at the trial, is capable of doing from four to five acres per, day. ; The manufacturers, Messrs P. arid D. Duncan, however, intend holding several more trials, of which longer notice will be given than in this case.—(" Lyttelton Times.") ' j
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2434, 26 May 1890
Potato-Digger Trial. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2434, 26 May 1890
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