A cutting apparatus for harvesters has been patented by Mr. Charles Galle, of Columbia, Mo. The sickle bar is made rectangular in cross section, the sickles sliding thereon, and consisting of blades with box ends adapted to fit the bar, and being held upon it by a nu ;jlcrewed upon the end of the bar, thus making a durable and economical device. A combined hay rake and loader has been patented by Messrs. Thomas Kirby and Robert Shea, of Emmetsburg, Iowa. This invention covers a specially devised mechanism, which may be- connected with the rear axle of a wagon upon which the hay is to be loaded, or it may be drawn by a team at the side of the wagon, to facilitate the gathering and loading of hay. A grain sacking and weighing attachment for thrashing machines has been patented by Mr. William H. Barber, of Ward, Ohio. With an elevator scale is a suspending crane, branched bag, filling spout, and automatic valve shifter and registering counter, to spout grain directly into bags, from the machine, and weigh and register the number of bags, simply and eco- , nomically. A corn harvesting machine has been patented by Mr. Elias M. Aikin, of Dawson, Dakota Tel. It is for harvesting the ears of corn from the stalks standing in the field, and is intended to be drawn along the rows, at the side of the wagon, so the stalks will be gathered by arms into a V-shaped guide, whence plates nip the ears off, and they are so delivered as to fall into a wagon box or other receptacle. A harrow has been patented by Mr. William F. M. Ricketts, of Colton, Washington Ter. This invention covers novel features for giving increased flexibility to the harrow and varying the angular position of its teeth, with facility for removing and replacing the teeth as required, and for supporting the harrow frame in front, with or without sulky attachment in its rear.
This article was originally published with the title "Agricultural Inventions" in Scientific American 52, 25, 393 (June 1885)