Excerpt from Descriptive Catalogue of Horticultural and Agricultural Implements and Tools, and Field and Garden Seeds: With Brief Directions for Planting, Sowing, and Culture and Rules for the Application of Guano, Lime, Plaster, Bone-Dust, and Other Manures
The plow is the most important implement the farmer uses, he cannot therefore be too particular in choosing it. They are now generally made of cast-iron, and these are not only much the cheapest, but the best. There are upward of fifty different kinds of plows kept in the New York Agricultural Warehouse, among which are the root-breaker, Prairie, . Sward, Meadow, Stubble, self-sharpener, centre-draft, Corn, Cotton, . Rice, sugar-cane, double-mouldboard, Trenching, Parin g, Ditching, Side Hill, Horizontal, and Subsoil Plows. They are of various sizes, from one horse to six, and are calculated for all kinds of soils. Some of these plows have the common, and some the Scotch clevis; others have the draft-rod fixtures; others again have a crane clevis attached so that the Off ox can walk on the sward instead of a miry furrow, in turning up wet meadows; these plows can also be run close along side of a fence. The prices vary from $2 to $20, according to the size and finish.
The most celebrated plows are manufactured by Ruggles, Nourse Mason, of Worcester, Massachusetts. These have taken more premiums where exhibited, and are more generally approved of, than any others used in America. Indeed they are considered by the best plowmen as unrivalled.
Mr. N ourse, Of the above firm, was one of the earliest improvers of the plow in the United States, having commenced on them in the year 1827. They have the largest manufacturing establishment in the United States. Some account of which it may be gratifying to the reader to see Oopied here, from the fourth volume of the American Agriculturist. It was writ ten by that distinguished friend of the farmer, solon robinson, Esq., of Indiana.
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