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The Winnipeg Agricultural Motor Trials.

26th August 1909, Page 15
26th August 1909
Page 15
Page 15, 26th August 1909 — The Winnipeg Agricultural Motor Trials.
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The Avery 30 h.p. Steamer was the next to career over the field, pulling a 10-furrow Cockshutt at a great pace, and making one of the straightest furrows imaginable. With a consumption of 510 lb. of coal, no less than four acres were broken up in 72 min.

Yet another Harvester Co.'s 20 h.p. was to be seen tearing across the field, with a four-furrow plough : this was No. 21, and in 91.5 min., with a consumption of 4.29 gallons, it turned over 1.7 acre. This concluded the ploughing demonstrations given by this company. The 40 h.p. Kinnard with 8 ft. wheels was now to demonstrate its tractive force upon an eight-furrow Deere, and the outfit was handled in fine style, covering 3.4 acres in 99 min. on a consumption of 8.43 gallons, or 2.48 per acre. At another part of the field was to be seen the Gas Traction Co.'s Motor, pulling an eight-furrow plough, and by the aid of its patent steering device this was making some very straight furrows. In 45 min., 1.27 acre was ploughed, and the consumption amounted to 4.79 gallons of gasoline.

The small Avery wagon-tractor made a very creditable run, coupled to a two-furrow Canadian Moline plough, and in 85 min. knocked off 1.06 acre with a gasoline consumption equivalent to 3.36 gallons per acre.

The 30 h.p. Russell was the last of the steamers to bitch on to the plough, which was a 10-furrow Deere. Being its first appearance before the Canadian public, many were especially interested in watching its doings. The amount ploughed was 3.18 acres, occupying 76 min. in time, whilst 451lb. of coal were consumed.

The :Marshall 25 h.p. was the last to take the field, and it was not until nearly nine o'clock in the evening when it had completed its rounds. Late as was the hour, crowds had re

mined to see this splendid engine at work. Coupled to an eight-furrow Cockshutt, 2.55 acres were covered in 71 min., on a consumption of 9.61 gallons of gasoline, or 3.77 per acre. With this, the ploughing tests were ended, and nobody was sorry after trudging about the field since early morning.

Awards and Points.

Early on Thursday morning, the 15th July, engineers and judges were on the field to make their inspection of the various motors. It was a splendid sight, to see the motors and ploughs lined up from one side of the field to the other, and opposite the lands they had ploughed. By the middle of the afternoon, the judges had completed their investigations, after which the motors were to be seen racing off to the Fair Ground, there with their makers to await the verdict. Though already worn out after a full week of hard labour, the engineers and judges had a very stiff task before them compiling a multitude of data. It was not until the Friday evening, about 7 p.m., that the awards as far as the gasoline motors were made known, whilst the result of the steamengine trials was not given out until Saturday morning, the 17th July. [We published all of these on the 29th July.—En.] A maximum of 145 points was possible: the marks gained were :--•

Class A.--No. 5, 115.4; No, 15, 106; No. 12, 100. Class B.--No. 7, 112.1; No. 6, 106.8; No. 21, 106.5.

Class C.---No. 16, 109; No, 8, 102; No. 19, 100.

Class 11.—No. 1, 121.3; No. 14, 118; No. 20, 115.7. The Championship Prize, for highest marks in conjunction with suitability for general purposes, went to the 15 h.p. International Harvester (No. 6).

No man, unless he has been "through the mill," can fully appreciate what it means to run a

competition such as took place at Winnipeg this year, and those having knowledge upon the subject cannot too • highly praise the engineers in charge and the judges for the able and just manner in which they endeavoured to perform their arduous duties. Know. hug these gentlemen, as does the writer, he can say, without doubt, that their motto was " Fair Play." It is conceded, by all attending the competition, that it was both successful and instructive. Even those who were riot successful in winning gold medals have gone away delighted with the opportunity the trials afforded them to bring their goods before the farmers of Western Canada. There are likely to be more competitors for the next. contest.—A. BURNESS Gann.


Locations: Winnipeg

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