Quirky machines enthrall

Last updated 05:00 30/12/2013

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Winchester man Brian Smith provided plenty of interest and entertainment with his ''Scrap Machine'' at the South Canterbury Traction Engine club open day. 

A collection of belts, pulleys, two saws and even a functional shower, that started life as a Reid and Grey milking plant, the machine has been seen in action at various events in South Canterbury and created a lot of interest.  

''People love to see machinery in action and this machine certainly provides plenty of variety,'' he said.

''Once we set it in action, old and young are just fascinated by it.''

The Scrap Machine was constructed over a 12-month period but Mr Smith is not one to rest on his laurels.

''I am now rebuilding a 1903 chaff cutter which I believe was taken into the Marlborough area by packhorse,'' he said.

''My aim is to take it back to its original condition.''

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- The Timaru Herald


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