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Bodger

Slimbridge.

yesterday Karen and I went to the Slimbridge Wetlands Trust Centre, where we saw thousands of birds but the weekend also produced this acquisition.














Now here comes the Slimbridge connection and the bad news. When the cider press was dismantled and moved, the owners managed to break the cast iron part top right. Sad I think that I'm correct in saying that cast iron is notoriously tricky to weld, which leaves me with the nigh on impossible task of finding or having a replacement piece made. scratch

Its a great shame that its been damaged because first of all, its exactly what I've been looking for and secondly, its obviously quite a historically important bit of kit. Has anyone got any ideas? Its costing me absolutely nothing other than transport to get it home, so its certainly going to be worth spending a bit on it to get it right.




Lloyd

My engineer mate four miles from Slimbridge specialises in welds of this sort. Absolute craftsman.
Bodger

Its not a million miles away from there right now.
Lloyd

Want me to ring him?
Bodger

I'm going to ring my son tonight and set him with the task of getting the two broken halves of the broken piece off the press, or I might just wait until I have the whole lot up here.
dpack

cast will weld with a stick welder if it is heated to dull red first and cooled slowly

tis a bit specialist though.

re a new bit getting it fabricated in steel will probably be a lot cheaper than a mould and casting
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