A recent invention provides an improved ditching plow, especially adapted for digging tiling sewer ditches or draining ditches. The device is of very simple construction, and capable of effective service in any character of soil. It is especially adapted to be drawn by a traction engine or capstan. As shown in the engraving, it comprises a beam A, which ex tends forward and with an upward inclination from the cleaner B. The latter is triangular in shape, being provided with two diverging wings. The pur pose of the cleaner is to travel over the surface of the ground, and remove the excavated material from the edges of the ditch. The beam A is hinged to the cleaner, so as to provide for a certain amount of ver tical motion. Below the beam and forming an angle therewith is a blade C, provided with a cutting edge at its lower end, which serves to enter the earth more or less deeply as the plow is drawn forward, and carry the excavated material to the surface. At its forward end this blade is braced by means of a support D, which is fastened to the beam A At the forward end of the beam A is a clevis bar E, which is secured at its upper end to draft bar F, extending to the rear of the beam A. In this clevis bar are a series of apertures adapted to receive a link to which a pulley block is connected. This block serves to receive the cable that is passed to the windlass or drum of the traction engine, for the purpose of draw ing the car forward. Owing to the lightness of this plow, it may readily be loaded upon a truck and transported from place to place. A patent on thin implement has recently been secured by Mr. Charles T. Howell, of Glen Flora, Wis. Large bodies of iron ore are reported in the State of Colima, Mexico, and these are said to be not only very extensive but of very good quality. The ore oc curs in the form of magnetite and hematite.
This article was originally published with the title "Improved Ditching Plow"