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    Could have been made by an Australian company which would have a name like G.T. Peat Pty Ltd rather than G.T. Peat Limited if it was an NZ company.
    Had a quick look on the Directory of Australian Makers but nothing obvious showed.
    Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia - Directory of Australian Makers

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    However, a quick search on Trove found a mention of a govt contract for the supply of guards by a J.T Peat Pty Ltd which led me to this thread:
    Jointer guards for old machines.
    Bingo!

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    Default JT Peat Guards

    Quote Originally Posted by hiroller View Post
    However, a quick search on Trove found a mention of a govt contract for the supply of guards by a J.T Peat Pty Ltd which led me to this thread:
    Jointer guards for old machines.
    Bingo!
    Well done. You've nailed it .

    jointer_guard.jpg Lightwood's photo, from the other thread.

    It's been a long time, but I seem to recall all the buzzers at the railway workshops here had these parallel-arm "Peat" guards.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    So the beastie has arrived. I collected it yesterday morning...

    RB 116a.jpg On the trailer at Toll's Wellington depot.
    ...took it home, sliced away the packaging and removed the fence and both tables before remembering to get a photograph .

    RB 116b.jpg At home half an hour later.

    Right from when I first saw RB 117 advertised on Trademe I've wondered about that drive - so different from the vee belt drive on the later RB (and just about every other buzzer out there). So here it is close up:
    RB 116c.jpg RB 116d.jpg RB 116e.jpg Note the inspection cover in the top of the gearcase.

    RB 116f.jpg RB 116g.jpg RB 116h.jpg Cool gear teeth .

    RB 116i.jpg RB 116j.jpg

    A little while later, stripped of table slides and motor, it looks like it could be bench or stand mounted...

    RB 116m.jpg

    ...until you look around the back and see it's a very different casting.

    RB 116k.jpg The motor shelf is attached by four bolts - two above deck and two that can only be accessed from below.

    RB 116l.jpg With shelf removed there's a cavity that may not have seen daylight since 1928.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vann View Post
    ... But I think I'm going to be a little disappointed - I'll swear the tables on this early model are 4' or less - not the 5' shown in the catalogue cuts. I'm also nervous of damage in transit - as the tables overhang the pallet .
    I did remember to measure over the tables before removing them. This machine is 3' 9" over the tables (~1150mm) compared with the claimed 5' (~1525mm) on later models.

    And damage? I'm very relieved to say that only one item was damaged - the guard.

    RB 116 Peat3.jpg RB 116 Peat2.jpg

    Thank goodness. I was really worried what I'd do if any of the castings was broken.

    And "Yes" it's another JT Peat "Ideal" guard.

    RB 116 Peat1.jpg

    All the parts are now in my rat hole - until my Wadkin PK is up and running.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Default And Another Surfaces

    I read about this one on the UKworkshop forum. There were no photos, so I contacted the owner (who hadn't posted since June 2008). He replied , and sent a few photos.

    RB 190.jpg RB 190g.jpg Thanks Bill.

    It's very much like Andy RV's buzzer with the high arch in the main casting. Only 7 serial numbers later, but tested the following year.

    RB 190t.jpg RB 190, test 9407, of 1938.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Default May 2017 Update:

    The following is an updated list of known RB buzzers;

    RB 109, test 4359, pre-1937 - New Zealand (RIP in 1987);
    RB 113, test 4367, pre-1937 - New Zealand;
    RB 116, test 4374, pre-1937 - New Zealand;
    RB 117, test 4375, pre-1937 - New Zealand;
    RBA 158, test 8623, of 1937 - United Kingdom;
    RBA 183, test 9335, of 1937 - United Kingdom;
    RB 190, test 9407, of 1938 - United Kingdom;
    RB 512, (test no. unknown) - United Kingdom;
    RB 563, test 29408, of 1947 - United Kingdom;
    RB 734, test 35301, of 1949 - New Zealand;
    RB 745, test 35560, of 1950 - United Kingdom;
    RB 830, test 39773, of 1951 - United Kingdom;
    RB 876, test 42337, of 1952 - New Zealand;
    RB 886, test 42636, of 1952 - New Zealand;
    RB 921, test 45225, of 1953 - New Zealand;
    RB 1010, test 50380, of 1954 - United Kingdom.

    Still a major gap between RB 190 of 1938 and RB 563 of 1947.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Very nice. That little air pocket should give you an accurate original colour!

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    Beautiful looking machine, can't wait to see what you do with it. The drive system looks pretty cool too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hiroller View Post
    ...That little air pocket should give you an accurate original colour!
    I was wondering about that. I hear that lead based paints fade. I assume that's due to sunlight, but is it only because of sunlight or does the colour change anyway just because of age? In other words, is that still the original colour, or will age alone have changed it?

    Quote Originally Posted by bueller
    Beautiful looking machine, can't wait to see what you do with it.
    That brings me to something that's been bugging me. I feel like I'm running three different themes in this thread:
    - a type study - the developement of the Wadkin RB buzzer;
    - a register - a database of known RB buzzers; and
    - the story of my RB buzzer.

    So I'm going to start a new thread (hopefully in the next day or two) about my intentions, and the overhaul of my buzzer. And I'll continue to update this thread as more RBs come to light (I think the study and register can co-exist in the same thread).

    Cheers, Vann.

    edit: Here... Wadkin RB Bench Type Buzzer - RB 116
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