Not Quite Farm Engineering or a Quick Bodge.

Pan mixer

Mixed Farmer
Near Colchester
We recently painted a building using some paint Dad had picked up god knows when, thought it was great until 48hrs later when trying to give it a second coat because the erectors were coming, it still wasn't dry and worse than that the second coat pulled the first off and also mixed in with the primer underneath.... Always use new paint
I have had this problem but it wasn't to do with the age of the paint in my case - the 'new layer' was made with a different type of solvent, it dissolved the underneath layers, it may have even needed a hardener like araldite.
We use a mobile mechanic here for voluntary periodic checks on our vans (similar to the six weekly operators licence checks)
This picture is of his latest spare time metalwork aluminium casting project F945E772-8686-4ED4-9D49-59294D9656B1.jpeg9706E9CE-EDE7-4E2F-8B61-57EFDC229FB7.jpeg


North Wilts
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Converted to this:

Got fed up with having to go a mile down the road to the workshop to drill the odd large hole with the big pillar drill, while having a mag drill sitting on the shelf doing nothing 99% of the time. So decided to make a mag drill stand out of an old (and non-functioning) pillar drill. Managed to free up the table so it moves up and down and swings side to side and the vice swivels too, so hopefully will be able drill most things.

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

JCB has launched new Fastrac 4000 and 8000 Series tractors with an all-new electronics infrastructure which is claimed to deliver higher levels of performance. According to JCB, the new Fastrac iCon operator environment has three key features: iConfigure – creating a bespoke control experience for every operator iConnect – integrating advanced precision agriculture technology iControl – redefining operation through new driveline software The 175hp to 348hp (133kW to 260kW) Fastracs feature the new iCon armrest console and touch-screen display to provide flexibility in operator allocation and operator information, as well as a new transmission control strategy to enhance operator comfort and powertrain efficiency, says the manufacturer...