Nowadays, Artie says that he is retired, but he still does pump and generator servicing for a few clients and friends. Artie’s shed is more a collection of sheds in reality. The main workshop is housed in an old bus. With electricity not on tap, generation is a necessity and he has a robust-looking Lister engine driving a generator. It was not in working order when first acquired, so he spent many hours getting it running and has set it up so that it can run on a 70 per cent usedvegetable-oil mix. Fuel prices are much higher on the Barrier, which has been exacerbated by the Auckland Council tax which the locals are fighting.
The Lister diesel drives a 1500W generator, which isn’t lot of power from such a big unit, so Artie has another, more modern, smaller unit that has more grunt. The generator that the Lister powers is a motor/generator, meaning that it can be used as an electric motor to start the Lister diesel. On one of the sheds he has only solar panels that top
We think someone has already let the bus go!
Lathes in the bus workshop