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    Default Woodfast manuals, brochures etc - show me what you got!

    Developed quite a love for the old Woodfast machines after restoring their baby 10" bandsaw last year and after spotting a couple of machines I'd never seen before recently I thought it would be good to start doing some research.

    Can anyone help me out with any brochures, manuals etc? Scans or photos is fine by me, absolutely anything you might have. Doesn't have to be produced by Woodfast either, would love to see any old retail catalogues that might feature their machines.

    Thanks!

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    Typing "Woodfast manual" into the search bar in the top right corner of this page reveals many many threads full of links and PDFs of Woodfast docs.
    Also worth looking on Trove where you will find print ads from newspapers etc.
    Search results for 'Woodfast ' - Trove

    Here's one rom 1946: 07 Feb 1946 - Advertising - Trove

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    Cheers mate, I'd already done a search here but Trove is new to me!

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    Okay here's what I've found on Trove so far.









    Also found a huge scan of a program for the 1965 Machine Tool Exhibition in Sydney, no pictures of any Woodfast gear but there are a ton of specs listed for their machines. Still going through finding all the references and then I'll upload to imgur.

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    And here's some stuff from the 1966 McPherson's catalogue.










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    I have a bit of Woodfast stuff, catalogues, brochures etc.
    Doesnt particularly interest me.
    Happy to dig it out and send it to you if you'll pay for the postage.
    H.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clear out View Post
    I have a bit of Woodfast stuff.
    Doesnt particularly interest me.
    Happy to dig it out and send it to you if you'll pay for the postage.
    H.
    Absolutely mate, PM me some payment details and I'll get some cash your way.

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    Bueller,
    Have you come across McPherson's catalogues other than 1966?
    I've just posted a pdf scan of the instruction book for the universal woodworker, in the new 'manuals' sub-forum under 'library'.
    cheers,
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    Cheers mate, appreciate you taking the time to upload the manual!

    Haven't seen any other catalogues other than the 1966 one and even that's just been scans I can find online, really need to track down some hard copies.

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    Annnnd courtesy of AndrewOC here we have the Universal Woodworker manual, converted to images.










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    Started going through the 1965 Sydney Machine Tool exhibit program and transcribing everything.


    WOODFAST Single Spindle Dovetailer
    Cast baseframe with cast, articulated arm carrying high speedcutter. Spindle driven from ½ HP motor. Complete with clamps. Standard one inch pitch finger plate included. Cabinet stand is of fabricated steel.

    WOODFAST 6in. Jointer
    Cast frame with tables, 48 inches overall. Adjustable tilting fence. Cutter head 2 ½in. diameter with three cutters, running at 4,300 RPM. Rebating to ½ inch swivel guard. Complete with cabinet stand, ½ HP motor, V-Drive.

    WOODFAST 10in. Jointer
    Cast frame with tables 55in. overall and adjusting, tilting fence. Cutter head 3in. diameter with 3 cutters, running at 4,500 r.p.m. Rebating to ⅝in. swivel guard. Complete with cabinet stand, 3 HP motor, V-Drive.

    WOODFAST 6in. Woodturning Lathe
    Cast head and tailstock mounted on cast gap-bed. Ball-bearing spindle is fitted with 8 inch face plate and removable spur centre. Maximum swing over gap 15 ½ inches. Between centres 36 inches. Complete with cabinet stand, ¾ HP motor and V-belt drive.



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    WOODFAST Belt and Disc Sander
    Frame is of cast construction. Disc of 10-inch diameter and 5-inch belt pulley are on common shaft drawn by 3-step V-belt pulley from ½ HP motor. Disc has 12 x 6in. tilting table fitted with 8 x 4in. fence. Cabinet stand is of fabricated steel.

    WOODFAST 10-inch Bandsaw
    Cast frame, aluminium alloy wheels. Cast table 12" x 12" tilts to 45 degrees. Hinged guards of fabricated steel. Complete with cabinet stand, enclosing ⅓ HP motor and V-belt drive.

    WOODFAST Universal Woodworker
    Comprising 12-inch sawbench, 6-inch jointer, 12-inch disc, dowel borer. Other attachments available. Cast frame and tables on cabinet stand with variable speed drive from 1 HP motor.

    WOODFAST 14-inch Bandsaw
    Cast frame, aluminium alloy wheels. Cast table 15" x 15" tilts to 45 degrees. Hinged guards of fabricated steel. Complete with cabinet stand, enclosing ½ HP motor and V-belt drive.

    WOODFAST 16-inch Sawbench
    Cast table 36" x 27" provides 20 inches from saw to ripfence. Maximum depth cut 5 ¾ inches. Fine adjusting, tilting fence, mitre slide and rise and fall guards are included. All steel cabinet frame encloses rise and fall saw spindle and 5HP motor.

    WOODFAST 18-inch Bandsaw
    Cast frame, aluminium alloy wheels. Cast table 18" x 18" tilts to 45 degrees. Hinged guards of fabricated steel. Complete with cabinet stand, enclosing 1 HP motor and V-belt drive.

    WOODFAST 1-inch Bandsaw Blade Butt Welder
    Suitable for carbon steel blades from ⅛" to 1". Front panel is of cast iron, carrying transformer, switches clamps etc. Main casing is of steel. Available with or without built-in grinder.

    WOODFAST 24-inch Jigsaw
    Cast frame and overhead arm. Cast 14" x 12" table tilts to 45 degrees. Adjustable tension on saw blade. Drive is by 4-step V-Pulley from ⅓ HP motor mounted on frame. Cabinet stand is of fabricated steel.



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    WOODFAST 1 ¼" Spindle Moulder
    Cast construction with 29" x 29" table. Spindle has vertical movement of 4 inches with removable cutter spindle running at 3500 and 7000 RPM. Drive is by flat belt from 3 HP motor.


    WOODFAST 12 ½" x 6 ½" Thicknesser
    Cast main frame and table, cutter head 3 inch diameter with 3in. cutters running at 4250 RPM. Feed rollers 1 ¾" diameter are geared for 17 and 30 feet per minute. Complete with cabinet base and 3 HP motor with V-belt drive.



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