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    I found a photo of another RB tag - from the UK. RBV 231, test 1041. I don't have any photos of the machine, nor have details of what year it was tested.

    wRBV 231 1041.jpg

    So here's a New Year's update of the list of known RB buzzers:

    RB 109, test 4359, Oct. 1926 - New Zealand (RIP in 1987);
    RB 113, test 4367, of 1926 - New Zealand - Wadkin & Co. tag;
    RB 116, test 4374, Oct. 1926 - New Zealand - Wadkin & Co. tag;
    RB 117, test 4375, of 1926 - New Zealand - Wadkin & Co. tag;
    RBA 158, test 8623, of 1937 - United Kingdom - Wadkin & Co. tag;
    RBA 183, test 9335, of 1937 - United Kingdom - Wadkin & Co. tag;
    RB 190, test 9407, of 1938 - United Kingdom - Wadkin & Co. tag;
    RB 193, test 9452, of 1938 - United Kingdom - Wadkin & Co. tag;
    RBV 231, test 1041 - United Kingdom - Wadkin & Co. tag;
    RBV 255, test 2359/2559 of maybe 1934 - United Kingdom - Wadkin & Co. tag;
    RBA 418, test 10699, of 1938 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RBA 464, test 14604, of 1940 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RBA 485, test 19730, of 1943 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RBA 497, test 25435, of 1945 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RB 512, (test no. unknown) - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RB 563, test 29408, of 1947 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RB 567, test 29231, of 1947 - New Zealand - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RB 611, test 30332, of 1948 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RB 620, test 30372, of 1948 - New Zealand - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RBA 666, test 32855, of March 1949 - New Zealand - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RB 677, test 32956, of 1949 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RB 733, test 35300, of 1949 - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RB 734, test 35301, of 1949 - New Zealand;
    RB 745, test 35560, of 1950 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RB 830, test 39773, of 1951 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. cast tag;
    RB 839, test 41647, of 1952 - New Zealand - Wadkin Ltd. cast tag;
    RB 876, test 42337, of 1952 - New Zealand - Wadkin Ltd. cast tag;
    RB 884, test 42634, of 1952 - New Zealand - Wadkin Ltd. cast tag;
    RB 886, test 42636, of 1952 - New Zealand - Wadkin Ltd. cast tag;
    RB 921, test 45225, of 1953 - New Zealand - Wadkin Ltd. cast tag;
    RB 1010, test 50380, of 1954 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. cast tag;
    RB 1024, test 50316, of 1954 - New Zealand - Wadkin Ltd. cast tag.

    Cheers, Vann.
    Gatherer of rusty planes tools...

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    Hello Vann, what's your opinion on the old style fence slide as apposed to the more traditional rack and pinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chipbreaker View Post
    Hello Vann, what's your opinion on the old style fence slide as apposed to the more traditional rack and pinion
    I have insufficient experience with either to give you a knowledgable answer. However...

    Both my Wadkin PK saw and my Wadkin RB buzzer have fences that slide in dovetail grooves. It's a bit clunky. In the case of the PK dimension saw, there is a micro-adjuster that gives the accuracy needed once the slide is locked down (the micro-adjuster is a pleasure to use). In the case of the RB the "clunkiness" doesn't affect anything as precision is not required.

    The Rev. Forsberg (the High Priest) has the rack and pinion on his RM planer/thicknesser, and has it running freely so that he can almost spin the handwheel for easy adjustment. He's said he's looking to acquire an RB - but a later model with the rack and pinion. He obviously thinks they're sufficiently superior in use to be worth waiting for (but then again he's the High Priest, so his Wadkins have to be of the highest standard ).

    I want to true up my timber and either fence will allow that with the same accuracy. Being a weekend woodworker, I don't see myself using my buzzer enough for the sliding adjustment to become a nuisance. If I used my machine on a daily basis, maybe I would find the handwheel adjustment sufficiently superior (if I could find one at a suitable price).

    HTH.

    Cheers, Vann.
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