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Mr T. H. Davidson, of this City, who for several years past has had experience in dressing the fibre of the native flax or Phormiim knax, has perfected a machine by means of which the fibre is dressed and cleaned in a manner which leaves nothing to be desired. The gum is entirely removed by Mr Davidson's process, and the fibre is freed from coloring matter or selvedge edges. Mr Davidson's dresser consists of two double drums, with twelve steel scrapers on each. These scrapers are 4in broad and lOin long, and when the machine is working each of the scrapers comes in contact with another in the centre of its blade on the opposite drum. At the back of the drum a plummer block is fixed, in which there is an indiarubber spring, which expands er compresses according to the size and thickness of the blades of flax passing through the rollers. The most important part of the machine is a patent self-acting splitter, by means of which the blades are divided before passing through the rollers, and this alone saves the labor of two boys. The dresser is driven by a I2in pulley with a 3in face, and can be used with either steam, water, or horse-power. The feeding rollers are driven by an endless chain from the drum to the fixed rollers. A member of our staff inspected a sample of the flax prepared by Mr Davidson's " Eclipse " machine which was on view at Messrs Anderson and Morrison's factory, Moray place, yesterday. He found it very cleanly dressed, entirely free from coloring and gum, and very fine in fibre; indeed, flax dressed by this process requires no bleaching, and is ready for immediate use on leaving the machine. Mr Davidson states that the machine will dress four tons of green flux per day of eight hours.

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DAVIDSON'S PATENT FLAXDRESSER., Issue 8057, 6 November 1889

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DAVIDSON'S PATENT FLAXDRESSER. Issue 8057, 6 November 1889

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