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  1. #1
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    Default Wadkin PK Saw with Table Extension

    This fine unit has been in the family for many years and in Geelong for many years prior to our purchase.
    PK 1277 dates from late 1930s according to Wadkin and I thought to document a few chronological features.
    Type ZF non fully enclosed motor
    Rubber coated wiring
    Brookhirst motor control (pre Wadkin Controls)
    Early On/Off buttons
    Rip fence large adjuster knob not knurled


    This saw lacks the cross cut fence and the table in fill strips (the cross cut fence was obviously used frequently)
    but is other wise complete including complete outrigger with 6 foot ruler.
    I have a couple of other Wadkin units and find the engineering to be magnificent; hence the long life.
    CheersPK ZF Motor OuterEnd.jpgPK12.jpgPK Electric Cover Detail.jpgPK ElectricCover.jpgPK Switch.jpg

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    Wow AJOE123,

    That is a fantastic example. I would be very interested in seeing more photos of how the extension rail works (I have looked through google before, but only seem to find photos from pretty much the same angle). I am assuming that it rides on several bearings above and below what looks to be angle iron. To use the extension do you need to bolt the support to the floor, or can it be used freestanding?

    Quote Originally Posted by AJOE123 View Post
    I have a couple of other Wadkin
    Am I the only one who was staring at sheets in the background, trying to guess what Wadkins they could be?

    Cheers,

    Camo

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    That PK looks to be in beautiful condition - thanks for posting these pics, and please, don't be shy in posting the rest of your machines

    These machines are greatly appreciated in this neck of the woods

    John

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    Default PK crosscut table extension

    Here are some further shots of the outrigger and pylon.
    The pylon and table ext are very heavy(made by Wadkin) and the pylon is unstable;bolt down well unless you wish to undergo foot surgery.
    The extension runs on two unshielded ball bearings with oil holes;the angle iron beam can be adjusted for level with two screw adjusters in the pylon.
    The ext table is fitted after removing the horizontal push handle on the sliding table.
    Two bolts hold the extn to the slider and allow a little adjustment room.
    I mounted my pylon to allow more workshop space but neglected to allow for the lateral movement of the slider (blade removal etc.)
    The fence has allowance for some low angle work with an arc of threaded holes for the outboard clamp.
    The six foot ruler for the fence is one inch square rod with marked gradations(Heavy).I dont leave this on the saw as it is at the right height and outward extent to remove testicles easily.The pylon can cause a heavy thigh bruise for the unwary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJOE123 View Post
    Here are some further shots of the outrigger and pylon.
    The pylon and table ext are very heavy(made by Wadkin) and the pylon is unstable;bolt down well unless you wish to undergo foot surgery.
    The extension runs on two unshielded ball bearings with oil holes;the angle iron beam can be adjusted for level with two screw adjusters in the pylon.
    The ext table is fitted after removing the horizontal push handle on the sliding table.
    Two bolts hold the extn to the slider and allow a little adjustment room.
    I mounted my pylon to allow more workshop space but neglected to allow for the lateral movement of the slider (blade removal etc.)
    The fence has allowance for some low angle work with an arc of threaded holes for the outboard clamp.
    The six foot ruler for the fence is one inch square rod with marked gradations(Heavy).I dont leave this on the saw as it is at the right height and outward extent to remove testicles easily.The pylon can cause a heavy thigh bruise for the unwary.
    Thank you so much for loading the extra photos. I apologise for not thanking you earlier, I must of missed checking the forum the day you posted the extra photos. I can see what you mean by foot surgery. The pictures make it a lot easier to understand how it works.

    Cheers,

    Camo

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    Pure awesomeness! It never gets old to run your eyes over these saws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJOE123 View Post
    This fine unit has been in the family for many years and in Geelong for many years prior to our purchase.
    PK 1277 dates from late 1930s according to Wadkin
    This goes back a bit . A memorable post back in the days when I thought I would never find one .

    You got a badge picture of that lovely saw AJOE123? I wonder if Vann has it on the PK list ? Edit . Yes its there on the list .

    Its got a different hand wheel type on the rise and fall than the norm as well . A replacement ?

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJOE123 View Post
    ...PK 1277 dates from late 1930s according to Wadkin...
    Thanks to new info sourced by wallace we can now date that PK to 1950.

    Quote Originally Posted by auscab
    ...I wonder if Vann has it on the PK list ? Edit . Yes its there on the list ...
    No flies on me auscab (even if you can see where they've been ). Actually, I am a bit behind, with four more PK saws to add.

    Cheers, Vann.
    Gatherer of rusty planes tools...
    Proud member of the Wadkin Blockhead Club .

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