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y one engine and one gang of plows operate at a time.
The engines are of 12 to 20 horse-power each.
The gang or balance plow (Fig.
5708) is capable of turning four or six furrows, and a double-engine steam-plow will break up 20 to 25 acres per day, requiring six men to attend the plows and engines.
400 sets of these machines have been made and sent to the Pasha of Egypt, yet there are but few in this country, —one in New Jersey, and some in Louisiana and in the West.
They are in use in Cuba and South America.
The Magnolia sugar plantation, in Louisiana, has one set of the Fowler steam-plow of 14 horse-power, and one of 20 horse-power. When breaking up, the mold-board is set to plow to a depth of from 15 to 20 inches, and when using the subsoiler cultivating between the cane rows to the depth of from 20 to 24 inches.
2. The roundabout system of Howard may use a portable engine of any approved construction, in connection with a windlass for holding the rope.