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Trial of Howard's Dig ging Plough.

About 30 farmers were present at Mr Mitchell's farm, Studholme Junction, to •witness a trial of Howard's now celebrated digging plough. The land first operated upon was in stubble, in which the plough, set to a depth of no less than 12in, rolled out the broken, crumbling soil as if it had been dug with a spade, leaving the land —in this instance at least—fit to put a crop in without further working. Four horses were in the team, and did the work required with comparative ease. A disposition was shown to see the plough at work on grass land, but none was available. A shift was, however, made to an adjoining paddock, where the soil was twice as stiff as that previously worked, and Here, with a depth of 6in to Bin the plough gave equally good results. General satisfaction was expressed at the manner the plough did the work required, one or two present being evidently greatly taken with the new implement, and ventured to predict that it would sooner or later supersede the ordinary double-furrow. The following is a minute description of the plough :—ln front of the shears proper and the mould boards there are skim coulters—arrow-headed in shape, and with wings set at an angle to landward. These skim coulters are the great factors in j "breaking" the soil, and giving to the plough the characteristic of "digging." They ruthlessly tear up the earth in front of the mould-boards. The shares following the skim coulters, have been saved the duty of touching the upper surface, dealwith the earth lower down, and the rather abrupt mould-boards receive the soil from both, and pass it on in a graceful shower of pulverised earth, laying it down as a spadesman would, but with only the merest hint of furrows. The ground is thoroughly pulverised to just the depth the plough has been set for. A new feature in the plough is that nearly all the wearing parts are of chilled iron and reversible, The share that does the cutting is chisel-shaped, and so small that one could carry it in his waistcoat pocket, When one side of it is worn out it can be reversed and so worked to death. The total cost of this share is 6d. Then the shin-piece on the breast of the mould-board is also of chilled iron and reversible, so that really a very material saving in plough-irons is effected. The implement can, if desired, be readily converted into an ordinary plough. Mr James Reid, Oamaru, is the local agent "Waimate Times."

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Trial of Howard's Dig ging Plough., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2436, 28 May 1890

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Trial of Howard's Dig ging Plough. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2436, 28 May 1890