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Old Nov 26th, 2021, 22:01   #21
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Yes... all of the above... drinking and bidding on e-bay etc.

I currently have i.r.o. 11 socket sets which are either older Draper (and one Toolstar) and Halfords. Also extra sets of torx, hex, security bit, and deep sockets, impact sockets, various extensions and wobble bars. I never struggle to find something for that awkward bolt...

With regard to the Draper socket set I've owned since I was 15, I found a "new old stock" one on e-bay about 5 years ago which I bought for ~ 120. It was pointless really as I'll never use it and it's not an ornament. I've been using the first one for longer than I will likely live (or be able to work on cars (or be allowed to own a car?)). I bought that at the time as I was working on a lot of old grass cutting machinery and needed Whitworth (WW) sizes (if you're 40 or under, Google it....)

At the time I wanted it because it was in a metal box and I'm sure that's why it's still in use....

....and I don't work as an engineer anymore, anything I do now is a hobby, for a friend or old customer.

I also once had a vintage Stanley Professional socket set that I was given which date back to the 1970's but I loaned it to a friend who had it stolen from his shed.
Grass cutting machinery . Ah , the Allen Oxford. What a beast.

Talking of age, that's why I ridded my two old Land Rovers. Do you remember trying not to strip threads?
No chance now chap, not strong enough!
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Grass cutting machinery . Ah , the Allen Oxford. What a beast.

Talking of age, that's why I ridded my two old Land Rovers. Do you remember trying not to strip threads?
No chance now chap, not strong enough!
Allen Oxford - wasn't that a power scythe?

Most of the stuff I was working on then was Ransomes - cricket pitch and outfield equipment, with a fair few Suffolk Punch's thrown in and the old Atco.
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Allen Oxford - wasn't that a power scythe?

Most of the stuff I was working on then was Ransomes - cricket pitch and outfield equipment, with a fair few Suffolk Punch's thrown in and the old Atco.
My first job at 15 was in the local parks department. - junior assistant groundsman. I still lust after a Ransomes Auto Certes with the BSA sloper engine. I have walked many miles behind one of those - with three bowling greens to mow three times a week. Happy days.
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Allen Oxford - wasn't that a power scythe?

Most of the stuff I was working on then was Ransomes - cricket pitch and outfield equipment, with a fair few Suffolk Punch's thrown in and the old Atco.
Yes, a power scythe with triangular , replaceable knives and huge wheels, you've got it !

Ransomes kit was superb quality and very invovative, wasn't it!
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My first job at 15 was in the local parks department. - junior assistant groundsman. I still lust after a Ransomes Auto Certes with the BSA sloper engine. I have walked many miles behind one of those - with three bowling greens to mow three times a week. Happy days.
Made to a quality , not to a price!

I'm a nostalgic old git!
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Allen Oxford - wasn't that a power scythe?

Most of the stuff I was working on then was Ransomes - cricket pitch and outfield equipment, with a fair few Suffolk Punch's thrown in and the old Atco.
I learnt my mechanicking at an early age on Dad's Suffolk Punch. This was mid 50s, I'm amazed I've still got all my fingers.
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My first job at 15 was in the local parks department. - junior assistant groundsman. I still lust after a Ransomes Auto Certes with the BSA sloper engine. I have walked many miles behind one of those - with three bowling greens to mow three times a week. Happy days.
Ah - the Auto Certes - with a sloper (or Villiers F12 to give it the correct name) - I've never seen one of those engines actually worn or burning oil - a superb piece of manufacturing. Most of them have been scrapped because the coil packs were hand wound with wax and paper and they deteriorate and fail. There is now a company re-manufacturing them on an exchange basis but they're something like 100. And with the lovely simple, tickler start Amal carburetor. I loved those mowers but with that sodding great flywheel if you hit a bolt or piece of metal it would often all but destroy the cutting cylinder....

And the Suffolk Punch - my favorite - and I think one of the best mowers ever made (the early cast iron sided ones, not the later pressed steel). I love the old Suffolk engines as well, runs on an egg cup of oil, ultra reliable.

In my storage I have to restore one day a 17" Suffolk Punch Groundsman edition (12 bladed cutting cylinder rather than 6) complete with original 98cc engine (identifiable over the 75cc versions as they have 8 cylinder head studs).

Takes me back - yes Ransomes kit was great but the parts extortionately expensive, little wonder most councils and parks departments are now using Toro.

A must for Suffolk Punch fans : https://eafa.org.uk/work/?id=792214
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