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McWilliams Tamper Tools Needed
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Author:  Larry Lovejoy [ Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:13 pm ]
Post subject:  McWilliams Tamper Tools Needed

Does anybody have a source for new tamping tools for a Portec/Railway Maintenance Corp/McWilliams tamper? These forged tools have a hexagonal head (see photo) that fits into the guns, but they tend to wear down into a circular shape after a hundred hours or so, making them spin around uselessly. We’re down to a handful of usable tools replacement tools for our machine. Our ace machinist doesn’t think it’s practical to weld up the worn out ones and machine them into a new hexagon. Plus, the business end of the tools wear away as well. Yes, this is about as primitive a tamper as you might find anywhere, but since it matches our broad gauge track, we would really like to keep it running. Does anybody who perhaps used to have a McWilliams tamper maybe still have a crate of unloved tamping tools lying about?

/s/ Larry
Lawrence G. Lovejoy, P.E.

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