Story: Farm mechanisation

Sharpening blade shears

Sharpening blade shears

Two men sharpen blade shears on a manually operated grindstone at Grasmere Station, near Cass in Canterbury, in 1944. Blade shears are one manual tool still used in the 2000s. High-country sheep cannot be shorn too closely because they have to withstand lower temperatures, so blades are often used rather than shearing machines.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, John Dobrée Pascoe Collection (PAColl-0783)
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Photograph by John Dobrée Pascoe

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James Watson, 'Farm mechanisation - Machines powered by humans and animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by James Watson, published 24 Nov 2008