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46 minutes ago, monkeybusiness said:

Tight fit with the gripper! 

Could pick it up backwards I’d have thought, might just be enough crowd at full reach away from yourself to actually use it to move the odd big piece.

 

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11 hours ago, LGP Eddie said:

If you haven’t the kit skills or inclination, best thing is to do what you’re best at and leave others to it.

 

If I send you an order for a 20/13 multi head bracket with dog bone and normal pins, converting down to JCB JZ70 Semi Hitch on a Wednesday in Scotland with no drawings, could you have said item to me Saturday morning in Staffordshire completely finished by Coded Welders, Traceable Steel, full computer design etc and my arse completely covered should the worst ever happen.

 

Go poking about for the Cheapest kit and your pound saved could often be the most costly or expose you to the maximum risk.

It all depends on your applications, facilities and ability.

 

Not everyone out there is shite, some incredibly talented guys all over the country, the hard bit is finding them, and generally when you do they’re flat out with no need to particularly advertise their services.

 

 

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Eddie.

I agree there’s good guys out there. Few around me however, and by the time I’ve explained what I need I could have done it myself. 

 

Won’t work for everyone mind,but I personally wouldn’t have it any other way. Totally self sufficient. 

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I’m really lucky to have a couple of brilliant engineering firms on the doorstep - they can make just about anything and have regularly pulled me out of the mire at the last minute. One in particular (Harbrook Engineering) builds stuff for people all over the country and have never failed to deliver perfect kit/repairs - they are between my house and my yard too! They are genuinely worth looking up if anyone needs anything fabricating as they only make good stuff.

 

One of my best mates made/fixed/dismantled whatever I put in front of him (immediately whenever necessary) and was the most incredible mobile fabrication engineer. I’d suggest an idea or show him something that wasn’t quite right or outright destroyed, and he would come up with a solution that would work every time. Unfortunately he died at Christmas and it has left a massive hole (from both a beer drinking and making stuff perspective). 

 

As Eddie said, it doesn’t necessarily come down to cost, and excellence is out there. I’m more than happy to pay every day of the week for something that is worth its money. I do get frustrated with crap service and salesmen’s lies though.... 

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Job done.

 

That’s a 6 tonne Hyundai on the far side for scale, from a cab eye view.

 

Sound bunch of guys to work with, no slackers on here, and boy can that Takeuchi Tracked Loader move some stuff.

It’s built like a Tank and shrugs of some serious work.

 


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On 06/10/2019 at 22:18, monkeybusiness said:

I’m really lucky to have a couple of brilliant engineering firms on the doorstep - they can make just about anything and have regularly pulled me out of the mire at the last minute. One in particular (Harbrook Engineering) builds stuff for people all over the country and have never failed to deliver perfect kit/repairs - they are between my house and my yard too! They are genuinely worth looking up if anyone needs anything fabricating as they only make good stuff.

 

One of my best mates made/fixed/dismantled whatever I put in front of him (immediately whenever necessary) and was the most incredible mobile fabrication engineer. I’d suggest an idea or show him something that wasn’t quite right or outright destroyed, and he would come up with a solution that would work every time. Unfortunately he died at Christmas and it has left a massive hole (from both a beer drinking and making stuff perspective). 

 

As Eddie said, it doesn’t necessarily come down to cost, and excellence is out there. I’m more than happy to pay every day of the week for something that is worth its money. I do get frustrated with crap service and salesmen’s lies though.... 

I will give a vote to harbrook engineering. They actually have a water cutter for hardox. I think you may have recommended them to me. They have built crusher jaws for me, which are an absolute piece of engineering, and if I am honest, better than the ones the manufacturer were fitting. I had to get the cad drawings for them, and send them an old jaw for reference, but they looked at the old one, saw where it had failed and made some design changes after some discussion, to produce the new ones.

My only gripe is they are shockers for not coming back to you or getting things done when they say. They gave me a price for 3 jaws as that was slightly cheaper, they made one and sent in as I was in a hurry, now 3 months on, still waiting!

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35 minutes ago, dig-dug-dan said:

I will give a vote to harbrook engineering. They actually have a water cutter for hardox. I think you may have recommended them to me. They have built crusher jaws for me, which are an absolute piece of engineering, and if I am honest, better than the ones the manufacturer were fitting. I had to get the cad drawings for them, and send them an old jaw for reference, but they looked at the old one, saw where it had failed and made some design changes after some discussion, to produce the new ones.

My only gripe is they are shockers for not coming back to you or getting things done when they say. They gave me a price for 3 jaws as that was slightly cheaper, they made one and sent in as I was in a hurry, now 3 months on, still waiting!

Oh no!! I’ll almost definitely be in there at some point next week and will give Steven a nudge if I see him... 

Communication is genuinely not something I’ve ever had a problem with in there, but things that you don’t necessarily need ‘yesterday’ can sometimes take a while as they do a massive amount of repair work for farmers etc which keeps them really busy.

I dropped a skidding grapple that needs strengthening but I have no jobs on the horizon for last week which will probably be with them for a couple of months, along with a pair of track tensioners off a chipper that need rebuilding and are needed ASAP - they will hopefully turn those round by the end of next week. 

 

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