With the advent of GDPR and the associated excitement, confusion and panic, it’s often nice to take a few moments to distract yourself to think about something different and learn something new – which is exactly what I’ve just done!
My job involved getting involved in many other businesses and organisations, learning about their clients, business practices, and sales processes and this will often throw up new and interesting ways of approaching problems. I’ll also often have to learn about new products and services – anything from burrito restaurants to stock metal merchants – and this is where you’ll often find the really interesting bit!
For example, do you know what a ‘flail chopper’ is? No, neither did I until relatively recently. According to Wikipedia, a ‘flail mower is a type of powered garden or agricultural equipment, which is used to deal with heavier grass or scrub which a normal lawn mower could not cope with. Some smaller models are self-powered, but many are PTO driven implements, which can attach to the three-point hitches found on the rear of most tractors. This type of mower is best used to provide a rough cut to taller grass where contact with loose debris may be possible such as roadsides.’
Apparently, the word ‘flail’ relates to the use of chains, spikes or blades that area attached to the rotating drum (also known as a tube, rotor or axle.) Standard flails are shaped like an extruded “T” or “Y” and a chain attaches to the bottom. These ‘flails’ are often simply referred to as knives or blades and are spaced along the drum. According to Wikipedia ‘The flails are attached to the drum using chain links or brackets, depending on the manufacturer. The rotating drum is perpendicular to the axis of the tractor. The PTO driveshaft along the tractor’s axis must make a right angle through the use of a gearbox in order to transfer its rotational energy to the drum. As the drum rotates, centrifugal force pushes the flails outward.’