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6th December 1917
Page 27
Page 27, 6th December 1917 — DUBLIN AGRIMOTOR EXHIBITION.
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The agrimotor movement is steadily gaining ground in agricultural Ireland. The attendance at the first exhibition of mechanical land cultivators, held in Dublin a Lew days ago, was large and-representative. Among those present were such enthusiastic landowners and extensive farmers as Lord Clonctirry, Sir John Dillon, Bart., Sir Nugent Everard, Bart., Col. Loftus Bryan, etc. Interested agriculturists of all classes came from all parts of Ireland, the exhibition being only open to those on the land. The day's proceedings should act as a fine missionary effort to spread the faith of the farm tractor in a soinewhat sceptical land. •

The exhibition was held in a six-acre enclosure adjoining the extensive works and stores of the Dublin Motor Co., Ltd., on Mespil Road, within easy reach of the centre of the city. To the firm named is due the credit for the organization of the exhibition, which was thoroughly successful. Combined with the exhibition was a 4i hours demonstration of the capabilities of the modern tractor in ploughing, threshing, hay pressing, harrowing, manure spreading, sawing and stone crushing.

There were seven different types of agrimotors oni view, the Whiting-Bull taking the leading part, four' machines being busily at work all day, providing power in the services mentioned in addition to a ploughing demonstration. It has to be briefly recorded that in all of these duties the imposing threewheeler was thoroughly successful.

Two Case agrimotors, of 20 h.p. and 18 h.p. respectively, attracted much attention as exhibits, and afterwards did their share in ploughing in combination with a Case and Grand Detour plough. The Samson tractor was a popular favourite, its neat appearance appealing to many. In ploughing, hitched to the Oliver implement, it did excellently, and, of course, in front -of the Ransoree harrow, it had an easy " walk-over."

Perhaps the greatest attraction of the show was the little Cleveland ,caterpillar tractor, which, yoked to -the Oliver plougn, tookiits work at so fast a. pace that following spectators had to trot in order to keep up with it.

The Moline—which acted as an " understudy " for the Austin-Interstate, delayed in transit to Ireland— was shown in ploughing rig, and did its half-hour spell of soil-turning most satisfactorily, ' Owing to a rnal-adjustment, the " Once-over " tiller was not in its usual form. After a round of the field, in which a series of stoppages occurred, the display was postponed. What work it did, however, was pronounced good.

Messrs. Wilson and Hutton, of the Dublin Motor Co., were responsible for the carrying out of the exhilbition and demonstration, which they did without a single hitch, the programme being carried out in its entirety... It is interesting to learn that the firm has established a Farm Tractor School—the only one of the sort in Ireland, so far as the writer knows—in Mespil Road, where novices may acquire a sound practical knowledge of everything it is necessary to know about all types of machines.

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