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« on: April 29, 2019, 09:49:32 AM »

   I am quite fond of Sarah,
                        She is such a nice woman, not too forward ,just the right amount of reserve and you kind of know that if she found you fibbing, the ground would open up and swallow you whole. So Sarah is very nice indeed. Mrs Biff is a big fan and while Mrs Biff creates her own masterpieces out of wool, Sarah creates out of multiple fabrics an woods. She saves all kinds of good things at the recycling center and whisks them off to her friends. The friends are extremely talented at making lamps, tables, dressers and you name it. If Sarah finds an item at the recycling center that she cannot deal with, she will take it to one of her friends and they will make something special out of it., So from time to time when I land in to put the kettle on the hob, Mrs Biff will say, Oh look at this !  They made a xxxx xx out of an old xx xxxx and I have to be impressed.
    Then one day I landed in about a month ago, (It has taken to now to be able to speak about it openly or discuss it in any detail) and there was Sarah pushing this two wheeled reaper that was used to cut all kinds of stuff, rushes and long grass. the large reaper blade could be adjusted for height by tilting the two handles and raising the reaper up and down. It was very old possibly 1940s 0r 50s but in excellent condition except for a flat tire. It was a well known UK brand and a really well put together machine. All it needed was the flat fixed, and a rub down with an oily rag.
Sarah went and left it with a pair of guys who made tables out of the two large 19" rims and a lamp out of the bronzed cast innards of the gearbox. I was speechless ,, for about 5 minutes. How could they possibly do that to such a well designed machine. I would have bought it just as it was. It would have been just the job for our rushes and these guys broke it up and made junk out of it. Frankly, I am still appalled at what they did.
   I am still quite fond of Sarah and I suspect that she had no idea that those guys were going to butcher the pride of Britain,s industrial revolution . I am guessing that behind the scenes she probably took a lump of 4 x 2 with a big 6" nail through one end and chased them round their shed with it but maybe not.
I have gone off "Money for Nothing". I am a kind of dreading another episode , maybe they will make a couple of door stops out of a Ferguson T20.
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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2019, 09:56:15 AM »

  Until the last sentence I thought you were coming clean. I am guessing this is a TV programme? Not had a TV for 15 years so I am a little out of touch.
I do have a TV licence though, I think the BBC is worth preserving.
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2019, 10:00:39 AM »

Forgive me for asking Tombo,
                           But why fork out for a TV licence if you don,t have a TV, Surely this is a misrepresentations of the facts,
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2019, 11:39:01 AM »

Perhaps he is over 75 years old, so free?
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2019, 11:53:40 AM »

Here's some money for nothing: switch to Octopus Energy and get £50 of free credit to your account - and to mine too so everyone's a winner .

https://share.octopus.energy/teal-leaf-367

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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2019, 12:03:39 PM »

Not “everyone”. The rest of the customer base is paying for almost all of that £100.
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2019, 12:33:32 PM »

well you can say that about any marketing and promotional campaign. The only difference here is that they're spending the budget with reducing the bills of their current and future customers and getting them to do the promotion for them rather than putting that budget into a pay-per-click advertising war on Google, or paying to get better rankings on the compare-the-u-switch sites.
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2019, 01:01:31 PM »

Does it work for us off griddets extrahappy   
       Please say yes.
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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2019, 01:26:14 PM »

Probably would fail when it gets to the part of the process where they ask for your meter reads/ meter serial numbers?
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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2019, 04:03:27 PM »

Yes, I thought that as well about the "two wheeled reaper" - why would anyone want do that to an Allen Autosythe. It's motto was "Wherever A Man Can Walk, An Allen Can Cut".
I remember using one about 60 years ago. The clutch would not work under load so it could be difficult to stop if the blade got jammed agaist something.
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« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2019, 04:16:06 PM »

The gear assembly  was perfect. Even the cutter was kept oiled and fresh.
Did you know that you might qualify for the free TV licence..? Grin
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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2019, 04:33:12 PM »

I wonder if these mowers were shut out of commercial use by the Delph and Safety Brigade? I was involved in the seventies rescuing two of these machines, one on a Scout camp site and one used maintaining a church yard. A certain level of strength and technique was required for manoeuvring, or a sudden stop, due to the machine being driven along at a reasonable walking pace by the motor and the large driving wheels. The handlebars had to be swept through a large arc for a ninety degree turn and if it was misjudged the lever on the right hand bar (if I remember correctly) had to be pushed downwards to disconnect the drive. They probably became uninsurable, along with the petrol flamethrower we used which would clear a gravestone of weeds from twenty feet.  horror
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« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2019, 05:08:49 PM »

I agree with the comments in this article. Long ago I bought 2 of them second hand, supposedly to cut hay. They certainly sort the men from the boys.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/9RCXIgPgSUCmchW2666RiQ
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« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2019, 05:14:25 PM »

Have a look at the wiki entry - "They can be dangerous, as the clutch system only disengages the wheel drive from the engine: the blades cut all the time the engine runs."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Scythe

There's a picture of one adapted to drive a rotary saw. I hope the first line above is not true in this adaptation.
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« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2019, 05:38:24 PM »

I like Sarah as well. However, I always feel sorry for the poor carpenters who are told the price at which to do the job. Then there is Mr Big who looks like he could pay 2000 quid for a bottle of wine but always buys her failures for a few hundred. Then why does she have to go back and fork out any miserable profit to the original tipper and ask them what they’ll buy with it!
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