Morton's seed drill, 1828.

Image number: 10301361

Morton's seed drill, 1828.

This model represents an improved version of the grain drill sowing machine devised by S Morton in Edinburgh in 1828. Seeds were passed from a hopper by means of grooved rollers driven by the large land wheel. This ensured an even sowing rate per yard regardless of machine speed. In addition, sowing rate and depth could be adjusted manually to suit the farmer's requirements.

Image number:
10301361
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
28 October 2003 11:34
Image rights:
Science Museum