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3 hours ago, Remspoor said:

This is one reason why I feel personal IDs are a good thing.  I even have a digital one on my PC like everyone else has here in Spain. That allows us access to certain government portals without this fuss.

Same here. Digital ID linked to national ID number. Everything is smooth sailing thereon in. I really don’t understand this British fixation on a perceived invasion of privacy when it comes to ID cards. 

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12 minutes ago, Dick Longbridge said:

It's the usual problem though. Ageing parents would make relocation beyond awkward.

 

Yes it is difficult had it not been for parents I would probably have thought about moving to Canada if I could get a permanent residence permit which is doubtful i would.

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19 hours ago, Wack said:

You really can't believe people can be so stupid 

Rings 999 , asks for Snowdon mountain rescue  then asks them what the weather will be like up there tomorrow 

 

Better than attempting crib gock in the snow wearing trainers. Now that would be a waste of resources. 

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49 minutes ago, adw1977 said:

I've always thought that building site equipment ought to be relatively easy to make electric. 

Things like those mini digger / dumper things that get transported to and from the site on the back of a truck.  Couldn't they be charged overnight before being loaded onto the truck?  They're not going far and stand idle for more hours than they're in use.

You would think so, as I did,  indeed it seems that the mini excavator stuff is do-able and JCB do sell it now,https://www.jcb.com/en-gb/products/mini-excavators/19c-1e  but for larger construction sites and major projects, larger full size electric really is not a solution that works well because of the limited capacity, operational and charging times. 

take a look at this…

 

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5 minutes ago, Unlucky Alf said:

  but for larger construction sites and major projects, larger full size electric really is not a solution that works well because of the limited capacity, operational and charging times.

 

I saw a video where they were building a warehouse using a zero emissions digger , only it went flat in a morning, took hours to recharge and because of no mains power they were using a massive generator to charge it

 

I'm sure they have their place but if it can't do a full days work it's next to useless

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Anything that takes hours to recharge is just shoddily made rubbish if they're selling it today; there's no good reason battery packs can't charge to 80% in 30-40 minutes provided a suitable power source is available, a range of site batteries/charging supplies from fridge-sized upwards should come with this kind of equipment and be plugged into a 3 phase supply(or a generator if the PM is a knuckle dragging moron or just shit at their job) to charge overnight.

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1 minute ago, somewhatfoolish said:

Anything that takes hours to recharge is just shoddily made rubbish if they're selling it today; there's no good reason battery packs can't charge to 80% in 30-40 minutes provided a suitable power source is available, a range of site batteries/charging supplies from fridge-sized upwards should come with this kind of equipment and be plugged into a 3 phase supply(or a generator if the PM is a knuckle dragging moron or just shit at their job) to charge overnight.

Fast charging is good, but depending on the battery type, it will cause a lot of wear on the cells.

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3 hours ago, loserone said:

And yet no squeak when mass surveillance technologies are pushed.  

That'll be because they don't understand their mobile phone tracks their every move and is spying on them

The best one I saw was the mercedes car that convicted a murderer , not just GPS tracking , it saved all the door opening and closing , timed him burying the body , it was open 5 minutes so he could get the body and tools out, gone for an hour to bury her then open 30 seconds to put the tools back in , it's not just your phone that's watching you

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22 minutes ago, Crackers said:

Bugger. 

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That's the brake diagonally opposite the one that was sticking the other day. This was after a 2 mile drive and the light surface rust from a few days' rain. So that brake is doing sweet FA. Ballcocks. 

Both calipers fucked or a blocked front proportioning block thingie?

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47 minutes ago, Crackers said:

That's the brake diagonally opposite the one that was sticking the other day. This was after a 2 mile drive and the light surface rust from a few days' rain. So that brake is doing sweet FA. Ballcocks. 

Drive down the road at speed* and then heave the brakes on hard.  See if it does anything then.  Also see if it's sticking on thereafter.  If it starts to do something under heavy braking and then sticks on, it's a stiff caliper.  If it still does naff all, suspect it's a hydraulic issue.

Rear brakes don't do a great deal on a lot of cars, but a decent bout of braking-like-a-buffoon should see them do *something*

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2 hours ago, volvov70 said:

Most sites don't have the infrastructure to provide fast charging. In mining most big bits of kit that don't have to move far quickly are hooked up to the mains with a trailing cable. battery stuff is limited to relatively lightweight but high mileage kit.

at my current worksite we will have two 800 amp charging points under the gantry cranes and one 200 amp charging point in the workshop - we do have 25 MVA to play with mind

I was thinking more at the mini digger <3t end of things, a trailer mounted charger/powerbank could fast charge a mini digger 2-3 times and be towed offsite to recharge overnight; bigger diggers and plant will be problematic unless hydrogen/ammonia/other magic beans become practical.

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1 hour ago, Wack said:

That'll be because they don't understand their mobile phone tracks their every move and is spying on them

The best one I saw was the mercedes car that convicted a murderer , not just GPS tracking , it saved all the door opening and closing , timed him burying the body , it was open 5 minutes so he could get the body and tools out, gone for an hour to bury her then open 30 seconds to put the tools back in , it's not just your phone that's watching you

Wasn’t that a discovery ?

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19 minutes ago, iainrcz said:

The Mrs lost her card. So  without asking she borrowed mine, to buy ladies products.

No massive problem, except for some reason she didn't use it contactlessly and instead decided to use her pin number.

So my debit card is now blocked.

And hers was in her handbag.

 

Dick head.

I'll confess that made me laugh. I'm not even sorry. That "dick head" comment made it. 🤣

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8 hours ago, adw1977 said:

I've always thought that building site equipment ought to be relatively easy to make electric. 

Things like those mini digger / dumper things that get transported to and from the site on the back of a truck.  Couldn't they be charged overnight before being loaded onto the truck?  They're not going far and stand idle for more hours than they're in use.

I am not talking about small housing renovations, I am thinking more about excavating the roads, new pipes?cables or complete housing estates. Charging up vehicles or any plant on a building site will take a lot of power overnight. On road works they are almost impossible unless road side charging points are installed. At the moment talk about going green is all about cars, then comes public transport. Hardly anything said about lorries and nothing about the rest of the fuel power machinery that is need for us to live our lives.

I wonder how batteries will take to be shaken in a Bomag, a Waker or a vibrating  plate compactor?

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10 hours ago, Metal Guru said:

Lorries are the biggest problem probably as although they could carry a lot of batteries, it obviously detracts from the payload. Buses  often are fairly near to base and can carry more batteries easier.

Ditto tractors , close to base , already heavy. , more batteries relatively  easily to design in without loss of performance.

Chainsaws etc? Have you seen what you can get in power tools these days? I recently did a job with a friend cutting a hedge. I had a petrol power trimmer , he had a 56V battery powered one. It was like a Ford Fiesta v a Tesla.

Electric chainsaws can not last all day without using many, many batteries.  Have you seen the price of one and all the additional batteries you need?

Batteies slung low in a tractor? Never seen that.

Fully electric buses can not run all day without a charge. They cannot run long distance buses service either.

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As much as I like Electric it's not suitable for everything. 

Tractors often do high torque high load work all bloody day. Used to work on a Fiat Agri 130-90 Turbo, great tractor, doing work with a contractor. But pulling a 3m wide rotovator, plough etc, it's often working at max power pulling the rotovator through the soil and whatever the PTO is taking. 

Batteries wouldnt last pissing time in a big field doing hard work. 

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5 hours ago, Crackers said:

Bugger. 

IMG_20220104_134624.thumb.jpg.54b4d50031f40dcf3deaa9f051e0cb2a.jpg

That's the brake diagonally opposite the one that was sticking the other day. This was after a 2 mile drive and the light surface rust from a few days' rain. So that brake is doing sweet FA. Ballcocks. 

Tried smacking the caliper with a long bar and big hammer? 

When I had the burning smoke from a seized caliper on an old car I pulled over, brayed it to fuck for a minute then heard a crunchy pop and all was well*! (I got to work and back with no more sticking then re-looked at it. That was when I took a car with perfectly working brakes and thought "ah, I've got a spare afternoon, let's clean and check all the calipers..." 2 of the ungrateful bastards stuck on after that. Never again. 

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