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COLAHAN'S PORTABLE HAY PRESS—THE UNION POWER PRESS, For Baling Hay, Cotton, Wool, Straw, Hemp, etc.

Manufactured by S. Colahan, Cleveland, O.

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This is an article the public has long been in quest of, and one to meet the necessary requirements has never been invented until the discovery of this, the celebrated “Union Power Press,” which is an entirely original invention, combining three great powers in mechanics, most happily and advantageously arranged.

The same number of hands that are necessarily employed to handle the commodity to be pressed, apply the power, and will press a bale with great rapidity.

This press can be placed and worked in a very small space, and is also conveniently worked in store rooms for packing wool, tobacco, rags, etc.

Bales can always be made at one pressing, in as compact a form as may be desired, thus saying all necessity of a compress.


In the Second Division there were 67 entries, to which the following awards were made : Best wheat-drill (2-horse), Smith, Barnes & Co., Tiffin.......

.................$10 2d best, Baldwin, Dewitt & Co., Cleveland ......... .......................... Best combined clover-thresher and huller, John C. Birdsall, West Henrietta, N. Y... Best grain or grass broadcast sowing machine, A. Ingals, Independence, Iowa...... Best self-raking reaping machine, Pritz & Kuhns, Dayton................... Best mowing machine, Baldwin, Dewitt & Co........ Best combined reaper and mower, C. Aultman & Co., Canton, Ohio......... Best display of reaping and mowing machine knives, Whitman & Mills, Fitchburg, Mass... Best hay pitching machine, C. Rundall, Cleveland ...... Best corn planter (horse power), J. F. Pond, Cleveland...... Best corn planter (hand power), Francis Vandoren, Adrian, Michigan, Best potato digger, G. H. Kidney, Cleveland ......... Best corn cultivator, E. Briggs, Medina. Best horse hoe, H. B. Hammon, Bristolville ... Best double shovel plow, Rice, French & Co., Springfield, Ohio....

AWARDING COMMITTEE-U. C. Deardorff, Chas. Smith, Chas. Phillig.

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2d.-Place the lever on pin at the side of machine, hooking the chain from the wrought coupling-bar to the lever.

30.-Attach the cast-steel finger-bar to wrought joint, by the pin in the tool-box. Be careful to tighten the set-screw in the coupling-bar, which keeps the pin in its place. Examine the set-screw at the other end of coupling-bar, and see that it is screwed up tight.

4th.–Fasten the wrought brace attached to the coupling- bar, to the front part of the shoe by a pin in tool-box. Be careful to put in split key and spread the ends, to prevent its losing, Put in both bolts at the other end of the brace, and screw them up very tight.

6th.-Slide the knife in the guards.

6th.-Attach the connecting rod to the crank. In doing this be very careful to notice how you take off the nats, and the strap between them, so you can put them on the same way again Vove the two half boxes apart, far enough to go on to the wrist; tighten up the two first nuts till the half boxes become tight on the strips of leather, observing that the wrist has sufficient play, so as not to heat. Put on the iron strap, then put on the outer nuts very tightly. Enter the connecting rod into the eye of knife, putting spring key in same; should this spring key get lost at any time, a piece of leather or wood will answer a good purpose.

7th.-Bolt track clearer to outer shoe ; put cast-iron plug (of which there are two in toolbox) between the shoe and track.clearer, with the thick end downward, to keep the trackclearer from sliding on the ground.

8th.-Examine all the nuts and see that they are tight.

9th.-Oil with good sperm, or No. 1 lard oil, all the parts where there is any friction, and you are ready to mow.

10th. To told the bar over the frame for transportation, throw the pawls out of gear, place the wrist to which the connecting rod is attached that drives the knives, down or at the lower side. Take plug out of outer shoe. Take hold of the shoe and lean the bar against the frame. Take the lever in one hand and track-clearer in the other, bear down on the lever and you will lay the bar over on frame, with but little exertion. Put the flat key between the shoe and track.clearer, wbich will keep the track-clearer off the drive wheel.

11th.—To unfold the bar, push the knife as far in the guards as it will go ; set the lever up straight; let the bar slide down on the ground ; take hold of shoe and ease it down. A little practice will enable you to fold and unfold with ease.

12th.-One knife should not be used longer than ball a day, without grinding. The knives can be ground on a common stone. Be careful to keep the same bevel on the knives.

13th. The bearings must be kept well oiled. The crank bearings, connecting rod and shoe, should be oiled often. If your machine draws bard you may be sure that it wants oiling, or the knives are dull.

14th. To make good, clean work, drive out at the corners, raise the bar as you drive out, and drop as you enter. Never commence a swath without having the guards clear from cut grags.

Keep the knives sharp, and bearings well oiled.


Ist.–Uncouple the mower bar at hinge joint. Take off front brace of coupling-bar. Take off lever and fulcrum, and in same place put reel arm stand. Hang up the main coupling-bar by the longest screw cut bolt.

20.--Slip the sickle-knife in the guards. Have the platform in a suitable place, so you can back the machine up to it. Couple the bar with the same pin as you do the mower, then arrange the back coupling. Hang it up same as in front. Put on the reel, and be careful to have it a suitable height for the grain you want to cut; lengthen and shorten the reel chain with the short pieces.

3d.--In reaping, move your seat to the left, as you see boles bored for that purpose. Throw the wheel that is next the grain out of gear. Any common three-pronged fork will answer to throw off the grain.

4th. Should the machine fail to operate as warranted, you will immediately notify us or our agent, so that we may have an opportunity of removing the difficulty. By little thought, you will at once see that the success of your machine depeads on the strict observance of the above rules, and should you fail to observe them you forfeit your warranty.


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