The Implements of Agriculture

The Implements of Agriculture

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...operations, can fully testify to this. It is evident that the latter part of the operation of thrashing by the flail will require much more labour to produce a given quantity than its earlier stages; and hence the straw is frequently passed away partially thrashed, in order to procure a greater bulk in a given time. Nor are these disadvantages all that attend the flail. Constant inspection may, perhaps, to some extent, remedy them; but no attention will altogether suffice to remove the temptation to dishonesty which is continually presented where large quantities of grain are under the eye and in the power of those to whom a small portion is of great importance; and hence arises, even when undetected, and often, indeed, when not committed, a cause of great temptation on the one hand, and injurious suspicion on the other. To overcome these evils, prejudicial not only to the true economy of the farm, but to those feelings of confidence which, justly to sustain the social bond, should ever exist in the relation between the labourer and his employer, the attention of our enterprising neighbours in Scotland was first successfully directed to the construction of machinery; and in 1732, Michael Menzies, a gentleman of East Lothian, invented and patented a machine for thrashing grain, about which period Jethro Tull had in England made similar, although less successful, attempts. I regret that, as nothing but the bare record of Menzies' invention is enrolled in the Patent Office, not having been able to learn more of this, the germ of thrashing-machine-invention, than that it was a contrivance by which a series of flails were made to revolve upon a cylinder; but I am pleased to be able, in some degree, to redeem it from the "condemnation of faint...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236545494
  • 9781236545497