Sheep, Wool, Shearing, Equipment.
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Before a high standard of workmanship in sheep shearing may be achieved it is imperative that the shearing equipment be maintained at the highest peak of efficiency, but, unfortunately, this is not always the case. Chief among the faults that occur at shearing time is the inefficient grinding of the combs and cutters, the most essential parts of the shearing machinery. If the combs and cutters will not cut, the efficiency of the whole shearing plant is affected. Badly-ground tools increase the work of the shearer, considerably reducing his daily output of sheep, and are the main reason why sheep kick and strain while being shorn, which tends towards poor shearing generally.
Butler, M. and Young, D. A.
"Grinding shearing combs and cutters - How to achieve best results.,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3: Vol. 7
, Article 4.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture3/vol7/iss1/4