Jordan Spreader Operation
Jordan Standard Type
Spreader Ditcher with or without High Snow Plow
( Retyped from official Jordan sheet )
When spreader ditcher arrives at the beginning
of a job remove safety tie rod holding wings in. Also
remove bolt holding plow small wing to plow side and
swing plow small wing open.
All air valves to be in neutral position, as
shown before turning air into air reservoir and
operating manifold. Drain valve for air reservoir
should be closed.
Spreader ditcher is equipped with an auxiliary
air intake line on the left hand side at rear end of
car. It is desirable to connect a hose from this line
directly to the air reservoir on the locomotive. If
this line is used , be sure cutout cock between air
reservoir and train line is closed. If train line is
used to supply air to spreader reservoir, air brake on
spreader ditcher should be cut out.
Before opening cutout cock M to release air
into manifold, remove pipe plug N and pour in half
pint light oil. ( This should be done at least once a
day ). Replace plug N and open cock M releasing air
into manifold. Give each valve a quick turn in both
directions so that small amounts of oil will be
sprayed into each end of cylinders.
Hand valves and foot valves for operating Right
hand wing are on the Right hand side of cab; valves
for operating Left hand wing are on the Left hand side
of cab, except valve A for front plow which is in the
Right hand manifold only; and emergency brake valve
which is in the left hand manifold only directly
opposite plow valve. For best operating results on new
cars use 100 to 110lbs of air pressure.
To Operate Front Plow
To lower plow move valve handle A forward to raise
plow cross head off pins. Remove pins and replace in
holes to suit desired plowing depth below top of rail,
also adjust rail shoes on plow blades to clear rail
about 1/2''. Move valve handle A backward to lower
plow cross head to adjustment pins then return handle
to neutral position.
To Operate Ditcher Wings
Move valve handle B forward to raise spreader ditcher
wing cross head off pins in main post. Remove pins and
replace in holes to suit desired spreading depth.
Step on foot pedal G to release lock on diagonal
brace and at the same time step on foot pedal H to
release locks on horizontal wing braces. Move diagonal
brace handle C forward to raise spreader ditcher wings
off wing rest. Move opening and closing cylinder valve
handle D forward SLOWLY. ( If wing opens to fast
reverse valve handle to cushion air cylinder thereby
preventing wing from coming to a crash stop ). Open
wing to desired spreading angle. ( Do not work with
wing at an angle less then 25° from side of car ).
Move diagonal brace handle C backward to lower outer
end of ditcher wing to desired slope. When this is
obtained , Quickly release foot pedal G to lock
diagonal brace. Step on foot pedal J to release bank
sloper wing off lock pin, also foot pedal H to release
locks on horizontal wing braces . Move handle E
forward to raise bank sloper off lock pin. When lock
pin releases move handle E backward to release air
from cylinder so bank sloper wing will lower. When
bank sloper wing reaches desired operating slope
release foot pedal J to lock wing. Move valve handle B
backward until wing almost touches the ground. With
spreader ditcher at the desired operating angle from
the side of car, remove foot pedal H thus locking
all horizontal wing braces. Signal locomotive engineer
for forward movement of spreader. As spreader begins
forward motion, move valve handle B backward to lower
wing into the earth and the cross head onto the pin,
set at the desired ditching depth.
To close wings, reverse above operations.
Carrier Wing Form
To carry or drag material from cuts, fold main wing to
side of car. Disconnect rear brace from wing and
secure to rear with safety chain. Open main wing and
lower bank sloper wing to level position. Disconnect
lifting cable also remove bolt holding holding bank
sloper wing forward to base of ditcher wing. Lower
carrier wing brace with block and tackle, connect
brace to wing.
To operate step on foot pedal K to to release lock,
then move handle F to open or close carrier wing.
Front of carrier wing should lead at a slight angle
into the bank.
Lock cylinders are in locked position when foot
pedals are released.
Keep all moving parts well lubricated EXECPT gear rack
teeth on telescopic wing braces.
Before turning air into reservoir and manifold open
stop cock M and remove pipe plug N pour in half pint
of alcohol, allowing a little time for alcohol to
reach reservoir. Close stop cock M and pour in half
pint alcohol and half pint winter oil and replace plug
N. Apply air into reservoir and manifold. Then open
valves to spray liquid into each end of cylinders.
Drain bottom of air reservoir to blow off accumulated
moisture. Also replacing alcohol and oil supply's.
Keep gear rack teeth free of snow and ice. Braces are
equipped with a blow pipe to keep off loose snow.
Valve to blow pipe should be opened only a small
amount because to large of an opening will stop
operation of brace lock. Alcohol poured over gear rack
teeth will prevent accumulation of ice. At the end of
the day bleed all air lines and reservoir leaving
reservoir cock open.
If spreader ditcher is to be shipped to next location,
place plow cross head pins in top hole, as with main
post cross head pins. Shorten plow small wing safety
chain by together by a bolt or awing wing forward and
secure to plow. Be sure ditcher wings are resting on
braces. All manifold valves to be in neutral position.
All cutout cocks to be closed except for air brake cut
out cock to be open. Place tie rod through wings and
craw in tight.
Emergency brake is located in same position as valve A
in left hand manifold.
For repair parts catalog write stating model and
Because of the great number of wing adjustments
it is always best to return wing to the position in
which the horizontal wing braces are always locked.
Note: I originally retyped this when we started this website in the days before I had a scanner. I now present
you a PDF scan of the original Jordan sheet.
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