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IMPLEMENTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2558, 31 October 1890
The _ implement yard. of.. the animal Show is perhaps the department of all others in, which the farmer, and more especially the young farmer, realises the educational value of the show. In the; implement yard are shown all the new ideas inmachinery,thelafcesb aehievments in implements, and all are shown with their very best countenance on, for every machine, implement, or vehicle exhibited displays the highestperfectioninworkmanship and finish—isindeed dressed for show day. The rule now followed at most shows is a wise one—-that of simply affording space for exhibits, but offering no prizes. Exhibitors, therefore, are able to display their exhibits all together, and make far better use, of the show as an advertising medium thanthey were formerly abl»-to doV Initime&past, when prizes were offered there were many grumblings at the awards, and men who followed the shows in their sequence! up and down the country were able; with compdrative ease and w»nderful accuracy, when they knew beforehand the names of thepriaes to '*spot" the prizewinners in almost every department. Specially was this the case with colonial implement makers—the further they went away from their own headworks, and the nearer they came to that of their opponents, the fewer victories they scored. Now, all this is changed for the better, and the practical farmer in want of a machine or an implement of any kind sees samples of the, best in the market ranged in line, to choose from. v The first display site met in the yard is that occupied, by Messrs P. and D. Duncan, a firm who have made a name for themselves a 8 makers of ploughs that is known a long way outside of New Zea^ land. The ploughs they show this year, as well as the drills and other implements, are remarkable for their excellent finish. Butthis doesnotbyany weansmean simple attractiveness, in. paint and polish—and even in this direction of recent years the colonial firms have vastly improved—but in the genuine "finish" that the workman who has to use the tool understands best. Somehow or other about the Duncan ploughs there is. something the ploughman cannot help taking to, The nuts Jand bolts sejem. to work easier than most ; when the wrench is applied it seems somehow to keep its hold better, and does not suddenly alip round, letting round and endangering the skin, of the ploughman's hands. Everything about these implements that requires shifting in the exigencies of w«rk lies easily, to the workman's hand, and throughout the whole construction of the firm's ploughs, hoes, disc, and tine harrows, drills^ etc., the convenience of the workman and the, saving of his labor have been qjvi-efujfy kept in view, evidently by m.en, Vho, if not practical farmers have a wonderful aptitude fop taking hints that have been prompted by actual experience' in the field. The firm, in addition to the ordinary double and single furrow ploughs, show a double-furrow digging plough, fitted with the usual specially designed skeiths,: shares, and mould jboajc^. i-sio, that the soil is caught ancj b^oije'u, up Jin much the same way as, it. is, 'v&en a spa.de is used^ In,fact".fcJJKi. work- c\6ne by tfae "digger >v is. intended: to imitate, spade husbandry*; l^ey also hadi Upon the ground some hajylaoma exhibits in drills, for grain and pulse, for seed and manure ; horse hoes of several kinds j a. broad cast
sower, with force feed ; chain (yokes and swingle trees for four horses; the McCormick reaper showing Mr Keir's device applied for a direct driven sickle ; the same gentleman's patent gorse cutter, which we have mentioned on previous occasions ; a rough looking, but perfectly efficient potato planter ; and a complete .threshing plant with special feeder, and ■ chaff and cavings fan. Next in order was the site of Messrs Reid and Gray, a firm also of whom the colony may well bo proud. They, too, like the Duncans, exhibit ploughs of superb manufacture. In fact, nVplough, making our colonial manufotcurcrs have beaten out of the colonial market altogether, and pui'cly , on..their...merits, rivals from all parts of the Old and Now World. This firm also exhibited a digging plough^ ploughs with skeiths ««t with swivel action, and ploughs with tixod skeiths. Alongside of these M rere grain and manure drills —the well-knownAjiglo-New Zealand drillsj being f prominent — dis j harrows ; chaff-cutters and bruisers, cm of the former having a bagger attachment ; a hay rake that suggested the possession of great prehensile power ; a sturdy farm dray and frame ; with chain and block yokes and swingle trees for strong tsams ; binder'twine, etc. Booth, Mac Donald, arid Co., the enterprising Christchurch firm of implement makers came next, claiming attention for their admirable work in^ ploughs, and cultivators generally. ■ One three-furrow plough was shown ' with Carter's potato planter attached, a machine for which gre.it success is claimed in doing this usually tedious work, and superseding completely all manuil labor in putting in the sets. The disc harrow,. now so ponulnr throughout Canterbury as a cultivator, makes its appearance in good form, while 3-leaf heavy tined- harrows have a respectable representative. A useful "cellular grain and seed separator stands side by side with the Centienmial fanning mill, and with two such machines as these farmers need never sow dirty seed, Sowers both for grain and for turnips werejexhibited by the firm, as well as a wool press of Lough's patent, a turnover hay rake, and other items of interest, Andrews and Beaven have made chaffcutters their specialty and their machines are now to be found at work in every part of the Australian colonies. The firm had six entries, three being chaff cutters in sizes up to the .largest and with all their well known accessories, as well as some that are less so because new. An improved horse gear, from 4to 6-horse power, specially designed for working the class of machines made by?the exhibitors, was'shown along with a corn-cru3her, and a grass-seed cleaner,,specially constructed for cocksfoot. Mr F. Ferriman, of Ashburton, entered a Fowler s traction engine, which he had at work-ou the ground to '.'show its paces " and its easy workijig. Ho also entered a Kell's Anglo-American. drill— an all-ground sowei that commends itself at first sight to the farmer, and the still invincible, "The Farmer's " fanning mill. The Walter A. Wood Co. were to the front again with their reapers and mowers, the " Single Apron " harvester, a machine largely improved this year, and shown with transport, being dilated upon to the the farmers by Mr R. McClain, an expert, whose-name is now familiar to Ashburton farmers. A horse rake made up the Company's entry. In reapers and binders generally we might just, enumerate in a word the machines entered, all of which have some novelty or other to commend themselves to the farmers, for in no department of mechanics has the inventive genius of both England and America been more largely or more keenly exercised to effect improvements than in harvesting machinery :—The Massey, two machines, one with stationary axle, and one to raise and lower, shown by ; Friedlander Bros. '; the BuckeyeFramelessEtevatorßinder,«hown by the Buckeye Harvester Company; Hornsby, shown with travelling equmment and sheaf carrier—exhibited by Mr George Jameson; the Bi-antford, 6fc and 7ffc cut—entered by Mr D. Thomas ; the McCormick—Messrs Orr and Go's exhibit; and the Deering, for which Mr J. G» Restell stood sponsor. In the miscellaneous entries there remain to be noticed wire fencing; with patent dropper, shown by Mr Gf. A. Power ; a collection of sack trucks and a circular saw bench for firewood-the entry as well as the of Mr T. E. Kilworth, of Ashburton ; an engine and combine, entered to show.Mr"W,, Hayman's patent feeder and chaff blnwe* while in the same line Mr F. Fkvall exhibited his patent separating checkfeeder. Mr George Jameson showed one of Hornsby's R D D doubJe-furrow ploughs, and Mr E. Herring, Alford, showed a handsome and strong grain lorry for the transit ot heavy loads of grain. Mr E. F. Wright entered a lime distributor, which farmers would, no doubt, find useful in spreading over their land the powerful fertilising agent «re have so near our doors and in so great abundance. Mr P., J. HenleyVpatent skimming, pulverising, and plough attachments were catalogued, as weJl as a most unique bttt'evidently efficient machine for coiling wire, shown by Messrs Page and Reid. In the coach builders' departments, Messrs Baker and Brown were to have shown an excellent Whitechapel cart provided with a patent appliance for shifting the seat, and a sociable, trapbut were prevented from doing so on account o( the weather. Messrs J. R. SteeJe and Son shoved a double-seated buggy any man would ba proud to own, a rustic cart, and two Wlntechapels. These vehicles in work and material had been turned out "withQut spot or blemish." and showed that one need n«t go outside Asliburfcon to gee well supplied in this line. Mr C. Grant's clever invention for th& slidins backwards or forwards and instantaneous, fastening of seats for vehicles was alaw shown, and doubtless as at it becomes; better known will come largely into, ase,, for certainly it is a great convenience wheni one wants to shift the sent of a twowheeled trap to be able to do it in one turn of the wrist, and with perfect safely.
IMPLEMENTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2558, 31 October 1890
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