Western Australia, Paddock maintenance, Farm equipment
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The Avondale Research Station is situated on land typical of many thousands of -*- acres of the Avon Valley—jam, wattle and York-gum country liberally dotted with stony outcrops. Despite the expenditure over the years of many man-hours on stone-picking:, the cutting of meadow hay was always a task involving frayed tempers, loss of time and a heavy bill for replacements of mower parts. Small stones, which were of no consequence in the working of a paddock with other types of machinery, jammed the mower knives with exasperating frequency.
It was not a practicable proposition to make hundreds of acres entirely stone-free, so following upon consultations with experienced farmers and engineers it was decided to test a heavy roller to press the stones into the ground before mowing, and incidentally to level out minor irregularities on the soil surface.
Down, R. L.
"Stone roller as mowing aid,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3: Vol. 6
, Article 13.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture3/vol6/iss6/13