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    Default Getting a Handle on a Wadkin CK

    This is just curiosity on my part: the Pull Handle.

    When I look at pictures of Wadkin's “baby” radial arm saw – the CK – most have a simple pull handle consisting of a handle with a 90° bend.

    aPic1.jpg

    And the only cattledog cut of a CK I’ve come across (the 1936 catalogue from VM) shows just such a handle.

    But when I bought parts off a munted Wadkin-Bursgreen BCK, it came with a more elaborate handle.


    aPic2a.jpg CK handle.jpg

    This handle had been modified (there was a coarse weld just before the thread that screws into the motor housing) and a hole that had nothing in it. I figured something had been lost.

    But lately some CKs have been listed over here, with the same handle, and the same empty hole.

    aPic5.jpg aPic4.jpg aPic3.jpg Sorry about picture quality - these are all cropped from sellers photos.

    Any ideas what the hole is for?

    Cheers, Vann.
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    The seller of this one found a use for the hole...

    aPic6.jpg

    For anyone who’s interested, the shaft from the motor housing, is ¾“ dia. The main body of the handle is 1 3/8” dia. by 3¾” long; with two ¾“ dia. holes (one for the shaft, and the “mystery” hole); the shaft is attached by a taper pin; and the body is drilled and tapped 3/8” BSW at each end. The handle itself is 2¾” long (excluding threaded portion) and has a maximum diameter of 31/32”.

    aPic7.jpg

    In the top photo it looks like there's a ball handle or tee handle, on the LH side of the handle. That tapped hole goes right through to the ¾“ dia. "mystery" hole - so something is supposed to be clamped in there .

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Hey Vann,

    Your just teasing me, right?

    That setup was for ripping (available on special order). If you imagine flipping the head 90 degrees, you feed the timber in from the other side to the handle (so the handle is at the out feed side), there was a riving knife, and then through that hole was a shaft with a hold down (to keep the timber from lifting), the handle on the LH side is to lock the hold down in place.

    Cheers,

    Camo

    P.S. I only just saw the email you sent me, I will try to do some measurements for you tomorrow

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    Quote Originally Posted by camoz View Post
    Hey Vann,

    Your just teasing me, right?
    Nope - just showing my ignorance .

    To be fair - when I first saw the handle it was orientated the wrong way around.

    aPic2a.jpg Seller's photo.

    Looking at this one again, I can see that the hole lines up with the blade, so now I understand .

    aPic6.jpg

    Thanks.

    Cheers, Vann.

    ps: this sub-forum needed some action anyway
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    It might be nice to put one of those little laser sight line things in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sion.dovey View Post
    It might be nice to put one of those little laser sight line things in there.
    Or not .

    As I don't own a CK - just a CK handle and a few bits and pieces - I shan't be investing in a laser this week.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Have original anti kickback bit for this Ck The head turns 90 degrees and riving knife lives in guard.I will post on Instagram galejoinery1952

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giles Ingram View Post
    Have original anti kickback bit for this Ck The head turns 90 degrees and riving knife lives in guard.I will post on Instagram galejoinery1952


    Hi Giles . Your first Post .


    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vann View Post
    ...As I don't own a CK...
    Hmmm... now that I do own a CK (or two)... maybe I could retro fit the handle (not that I intend to use it for ripping).

    PKA 800a.jpg CK 349 of ~1936.

    CK1.jpg CK 1011 of 1946 - now reduced to parts and scrap (it was so neglected and rusted it wasn't suitable for anything else).

    Cheers, Vann.
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