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Offline filmer01

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Re: Machinery Part
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2018, 13:39:15 »
Many thanks for that grandarog. I replied early today but the ipad froze and the message was lost.

The tine is lying just into the shaw from a field that has probably been under continuous cutivation for hundreds of years, presently wheat, so it looks as though it just was thrown away into the woods. They are an old coppice by the way.

The cutting wheel is in a narrow shaw that doesn't show signs of (recent) coppice work. It would certainly act as pretty good flywheel. Any idea what powered them, I cannot find an on-line reference to the activity at the moment.
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Re: Machinery Part
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2018, 23:09:31 »
 Your first pic is a broken part of a finger tine, from an agricultural finger mower or an old self binder crop cutter.  The cutting blades slid to and fro` through the body. :)
The large wheel looks like it is a worn out, very old cutter wheel (poss. Victorian) from a wood cruncher m/c, used to chop up the small branches  not suitable for cord wood when the loggers were coppicing, in the old days. They were very heavy to utilise the fly wheel effect to prevent stalling under strain.

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Re: Machinery Part
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2018, 23:06:53 »
Far too heavy, crude and "coarse" for any aviation use. It is more like a waterwheel in some ways, just what would that be doing on top of a hill in Kent, far from standing or running water?
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Re: Machinery Part
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2018, 20:29:05 »
Just an idle thought - I'm no aviation expert but could it possibly be part of an old turbo prop engine?


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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2018, 17:59:54 »
While walking the dog again I've been back to the scene and cleared some of the leaves away. It is a solid disc with a boss in the centre fixed by twelve corroded bolts or rivets, each about an inch in diameter. So very substantial, heavy and probably not a road wheel, as that would almost certainly have been spoked.

If it was an impeller, the pump would have been quite large at 4foot diameter and a foot across, and therefore the power required quite considerable. Bear in mind that this is in a wooded area on top of a ridge, a considerable distance from any road access, and no open water as it's on top of the North Downs. Up to the mid 60's the fields were small, but after that a wide open prairie cultivation has been used for wheat or rape, around surviving bits of woodland.

So far I have not found a suitable old pump that it could have fitted. Or could it have been the business end of some sort of chopping device?
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Re: Machinery Part
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2018, 23:37:55 »
Great minds think alike Bilgerat  :)
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Re: Machinery Part
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2018, 19:54:59 »
Looks like a pump impeller to me......
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Re: Machinery Part
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2018, 19:47:44 »
Possibly the innards from an old impeller pump,or turbine or some sort?
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2018, 15:34:12 »
In another shaw close to the first is this wheel. About 3-4ft across with a row of "teeth" each side, the central axle is about 3.5in wide.

I presume a tractor front wheel, or another implement? Could the first item be a spike from a rear wheel?

As I was taking the pictures Leila our Dutch Shepherd just had to have a good look :)
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Machinery Part
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2018, 16:33:51 »
I found this in a local Shaw when walking my dog. I presume it to be part of some agricultural machinery - any ideas?
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