Jones & Smith's Seed-Sowing and Plaster-Spreading Machine
From American Agriculturist, 1846
The operation of the parts is as follows :—The machine is first drawn to the place where it is to be used, by horses, and the hopper filled with seeds. The small sheet-iron slides are then withdrawn, and the whole set in motion. The seeds, in descending through the holes in the board above described, fall into the cups or holes in the cylinder, b, and, after being carried partly round, drop on the cylinder, a, which moves at a greater velocity than the cylinder, b, and by means of the small pins become scattered after the manner of sowing broad-cast.
For spreading lime, plaster, guano, &c., the board in the bottom of the hopper is to be taken out, and the iron slide on the back of the hopper is to be so adjusted, vertically, by means of the screws, as to allow a sufficient quantity of plaster to escape from the hopper to the cylinders below, and be scattered after the manner of the seeds. The machine may be followed by a harrow, roller, or any other implement used for covering seeds with earth, or for raking in lime, plaster, or guano.
Price of six feet cylinders, $60 Ditto nine feet cylinders, $70.
Wm. J. JONES AND H. C. SMITH
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