THE AGRICULTURAL SHOWS.
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THE county agricultural shows opened in earnest last week. The Devonshire show was held at Tavistock, and theDxford at Banbury on Tuesday, Wednesday. and Thursday. There were good collections of tractors, tractor implements, and general farm machinery at both. shows.
The most notable feature of the implement side of the exhibits was the continued progress in the manufacture of implements of large and heavy design for tractor purposes. The weather during the week was glorious.
There was a good collection of exhibits at Banbury, and a fair gathering of agriculturists and other visitors on the opening day. Some of the stands wdre well representative of the most up-to-date farm implement and power machinery.
The Saunderson Tractor and Implement Co., of Bedford, had a very attractive stand which included their Universal Model G 23-25 b.h.p. tractor, having three speeds forward and one reverse fitted with winding drum and cable, patent three-point suspension and spring drawbar suitable for agricultural and transport. purposes. This was seen driving a threshing. machine. There was another threshing machine on the stand, together with Saunderson's three-furrow self-lift plough, the patent for which has been applied for. This plough is convertible into two, three or four furrows for tractor work. Another °invertible plough was also on the stand. Saunderson's automatic self-lift. grubber, tank wagon, and saw bench for use with tractors, were exhibited, as was a harvester coupling for coupling up second or succeeding binders or mowers, whilst completing a comprehensive display -were an adjustable drawbar for hauling wagons, threshing machines, etc., by
D6 mechanical power, with adjustable lugs to fit an ordinary fore-carriage, and a logging chain for hauling implements. On the stand of Messrs. Ruston and Hornsby, Ltd., of Grantham, could be seen the British-Wallis tractor, petrolparaffin engines from 3 b.h.p. to 7 b.h.p., their tractor plough, and other imple ments. Wallis and Stevens, Ltd., of Basingstoke, exhibited a 7 h.p. traction engine fitted with extension gear, the rear axle being springenounted, and their steam tract& mounted on rubber tyres.
The Saunderson tractor and Crawley agrimotor, together with Mephisto self-lift tractor ploughs and other implements were well arranged on the stand of Messrs. G. and H. Roberts, Ltd., of Stoney Stratford. J. If. Hartwell, of Chipping Norton, exhibited two 7 ft. binders, several mowers, tractor ploughs, and tractor cultivators. The International Junior tractor and tractor plough and other tractor implement specialities of the International Harvester Co. were staged by R. Bywater and Sons, of Banbury. Crossley engines were represented on the stand of J. Bustin, of Banbury, and L. R. Knapp and Co. had a collection of very useful implements. One of the biggest collections of machinery was to he found on the stand of J. Mawle and Sons,-of Banbury. On this stand therie were a number of International Harvester specialities, Albion large-sized binders and enewers, Hornsby drill, A.B.C. threc-furroW tractor plough, Nicholson tractor, self-lift cultivator, Martin's cultivator, and machines by Ransomes.
A, number of stationary internal-combustion engines were staged by the Alden Engine Co., of' Oxford; and Harrison, McGregor had a number of power implement on their stand, including their well-known mowers and binders. Martins had a very good collection of
implements. Walter Milder and Sons, of 'Wallingford, among -their collection,
had a Crawley agrimator, a Fordson tractor, an International Junior tractor, Hornsbydouble furrow self-lift tractor. ploughs, Massey Harris mowers, 'a 16 ft. W. W. and S. tractor press, and tractor ploughs and■tractor cultivators, including' one of Martin's.
The International Junior, "E. B.," Samson and Atikinstractors were shown by the Rollright Engineering Co., of Chipping Norton, together with self-lift Cockshutt self-lift, International and
A.B.C. tractor ploughs. An 18 -.in.
tractor disc harrow, a 13 row McCormick disc drill, a 13 row Massey Harris disc drill, a Nicholson 9 tine tractor culti vator, and a6 ft. McCormick left-hand binder were among their exhibits. A collection of agricultural implements,
machinery, engines, and tractors appeared on the stand of Messrs. G.
Brown and Son, Leighton Buzzard.
R. and J. H. Wilder, of Wallingford, also had a large collection of implements. The Austin tract-or, Tordson tractor, and International junior tractor were
shown by 'Hartwell, Curtis and Horn, Ltd., of Oxford; also ploughs and cultivators by Cockshutt, Ruston, Ransomes, Hamilton, and Martins. There were also a number of other implement exhibitcirs, but they had. nothing of any particulat importance to the agrimotor enthusiast. There were finite a number of accessory stands, and the oil trade was well repre sented. These included British Petroleum and Stern's, Ltd. The ostensive use of the motor vehicle—lorries, buses and chars-a-banes—was a noticeable feature of the shows.