Not Quite Farm Engineering or a Quick Bodge.


Mixed Farmer
South east
thanks for the suggestion but I managed to hand reamer it back to round so don't need to patch plat it but I will beer this in mind for next time thanks

Pan mixer

Mixed Farmer
Near Colchester
Bit of a problem today in the mill and mix department.

Barley auger (bodged 15 years ago) snapped, pulled the whole thing out from under a bin.

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As you can see the last bodge involved using plastic drain pipe to replace the original metal tube which had rusted away.

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I now have experience and I can tell you that plastic drain pipe doesn't last for quite 15 years when used every day as an auger tube.

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No bits of 14.5mm steel rod in the workshop so 'turned down' an M16 bolt with an angle grinder and the drill press.

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Bolted that in the break with 4 x m6 bolts and tacked the flight back together. The, thinking that another dozen years or so might well exceed the lifespan of the mill and mixing setup, put a fresh piece of drain pipe over the whole lot and shoved it all back under the bin.

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Test flight (before the guard went back on) jobs a good un. Thank goodness as we needed it today.

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