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MOTIVE POWER IN A NEW SHAPE.

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MOTIVE POWER IN A NEW SHAPE. A few days since a number of gentlemen chiefly con- nected with the Bradford trade as merchants and wool dealers, met by invitation at the warehouse of Mr. T. M. Pearce, Thornton-road, to inspect the opera- tions of a water engine, there used for the purpose of hoisting or craning wool, but equally applicable for working machinery, driving hydraulic presses, &c. The water engine was put down by Messrs. Rans- bottom and Co., of Blackburn. The engine is supplied with water from the Corporation mains on a pressure of 60 or 70lbs. to the square inch. The water enters a. pair of water engines, each of which possesses a pair of cylinders and pistons. The cylinders oscillate upon trunions, and the effect of this oscillation is to reverse the valvular arrangement, thereby causing a continuous rotatory motion which puts bho hoist in action. The engine has been applied with success to printing machines, to a mortar grinding machine, and other apparatus requiring motive power on a large scale. rhe experiments made on this occasion were quite satisfactory. The hoisting of three sheets of wool or ;ops, eaoh weighing about five owt., did not occupy nore than seven minutes, and the quantity of water jonsuined in the process was about 120 gallons. The application of such an engine to craning purposes ap. )eared to be regarded as an important means of ightening the laborious and exhausting toil of the varehouseman, to say nothing of its great value as an iccaptable substitute for the steam engine, in connec- ;ion with which the risk of accidents either from explosion or fire is inseparable. A series of experi- nents followed, and including the sheets raised in the irst experiment, no fewer than fifteen sheets of wool, veighing in the aggregate 3 tons 15 owt., were raised rom the ground floor to the highest storey of the varehouse in the short space of forty-five minutes. Che entire quantity of water consumed was only 570 gallons, the cost of which was about 6td.

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