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Jordan Spreader Operation

Operating Instructions
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.

Always Remember
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.

Winter Operation
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
Emergency brake is located in same position as valve A in left hand manifold. For repair parts catalog write stating model and serial number.

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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