NEW FLAX SOUTH AND HACKLING MACHINE.
Mr S, H. Williams, formerly of Auckland, and now o£ Springlands, in bhe Marlborough district, has patented a flax scutching and hackling machine.which bids fair to put all other like inventions in tho shade. Tho machine consists of a slow motion travelling feeder, a canvas elevator and a hackling drum furnished with short, sharp teeth like a rake. The feeder and holding clips are most ingenious, and consist of a set of travelling wire ropes, carrying clips for holding the raw material, which is fed in such a way as to ensure freedom from all possible danger. The elevation is arranged on an inclined plane to pick up tho tails of flax, so as to fetch them on to thedrum before the rest of the hank. The teeth on the drum, driven at high speed, accomplish bheir work so effectually as to clear themselves at once of any refuse or tow. An experb in bhe flax trade says : — " That the work done is far superior to that done'by present method, and has none of the dangerous factors which are attached to the oldfashioned man-killing arrangement, now so much in use. The fact that Mr Williams designed and patented the machine before erection, is a special credit to him, and proves thab Marlborough can lay claim to an ingenius mechanic." No doubt the inspector of machinery will turn his attention to it, with a view of getting rid of some machinery which is at present very dangerous. Many of the flax scutchers of Auckland will be making inquiries about the new invention, aa the best appliances always pay most in the end, and produce thd greatest possible results ab the lowesb cost.
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NEW FLAX SOUTH AND HACKLING MACHINE., Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 186, 8 August 1893
NEW FLAX SOUTH AND HACKLING MACHINE. Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 186, 8 August 1893
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