model of Wood beam plough (U.S.A. and Australia)

Model of Wood beam plough (U.S.A. and Australia)

Model of wood beam plough, once used in both North and South America.

The late 18th century and early 19th century was a period of rapid development in many countries during which, the complete iron plough began to replace wooden type. Ploughs are basically two types; those either with or without land wheels, and called respectively wheel ploughs or swing ploughs. The latter are lighter in draught but require an experienced ploughman to work them; less skill is needed for wheel plough operation.

Common features of plough design such as tapering share which offers least resistance when passing through the soil, the hollowed-out and twisted mouldboard which turns the furrow slice, and the beam design which enables the most efficient transmission of power, are all evident in the models from those period.

Details

Category:
Agricultural Engineering
Object Number:
1926-841
Materials:
copper (alloy), metal (unknown), wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
overall (as displayed): 110 mm x 340 mm x 55 mm, 0.046 kg
type:
model - representation
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Steinmetz, Mrs. B.M.; Steinmetz, Major A.S.B.
status:
Permanent collection

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