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    I finally have the chance to clean up and start using The Wadkin DR I bought on Ebay a few years ago and picked up from a scrap yard. Its a nice complete machine but had a Two breaks in the castings with one part missing from the quadrant table mount bracket . The missing part was the hardest bit to fix so I did it first. I had to get a piece of 30mm thick plate, mild steel, cut it out with the gas torch over size , grind and shape it and weld it in .

    Can any one direct me to a thread that describes what this " number of tags has been exeeded" pain in the butt thing that prevents posting is about please.

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    Gas cutting is not so accurate when your not at it ever day . I was roughly 15mm over size . I should have had the torch turned up to full as well . I had it going a bit better second go at cutting the bits still attached from the first go . Picture 4 is as good as it got . After that I ground and sanded on my big Servian, side linisher/ sander, the two inside surfaces. This was then clamped to and aligned with the part that is slides on to get it right for welding. By welding bridges up high and tacking it down low and filling a little at a time keeping it as cool as possible I avoided it moving and twisting back on me . I have nickle rods for cast iron but keep going back to just using the MIG welder . Its a bit easier . I'm pretty sure its not better though . I have a few other Cast repairs on my machinery that have lasted 15 to 20 years that are MIG , nothing has failed .
    Once I had it welded I reduced the thickness a few mm and got the outside shape right by grinding and filing . The inside slot had some weld in there as well . Just to build the shape up to look good . The Air powered Die grinder is one of those tools you could kiss . They turn hours of hand filing into ten minutes. I had a solid tungsten 5mm round working in there and it was giving me hell , grabbing and jumping until it broke a minute later . I fitted another round up bit this time it was about 12 to 15mm diameter , round and long , same shape , I'm thinking " you never know , It may work better , even though its basically the same thing ?? " It ate it with not a single complaint !! and it was just bigger !

    I just have to scribe and punch the degrees in . I'm going to wait until it is all fitted up and its blade is on to do that .

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    I have Mark , Wallace 1973 , to thank I think? for this picture which gave me something to follow with the repair above .
    It is yours isn't it Mark ? Forget the red arrows , They were from some previous questions on the Canadian forum I think .

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    I checked both motor bearings were getting fresh grease . I discovered a problem on the back behind the brake bracket . The bearing cover had been installed the wrong way around facing straight up ?? with the grease nipple broken so it could fit? There is no way to give it grease like this so I had to take off the brake wheel , quickly welded a makeshift spanner to get in there . Found a jar of old grease nipples some good Old bloke collected years ago off something and put in a Vegemite jar . When He passed, his wife , or someone?? threw the lot out on the nature strip. I rolled up just as they threw the last boxes of rusty gems on and went for it . The Vegemite jar was in that lot . Thanks Mate .

    You can see in the first pic how its pointing up . Does any one know if Wadkin installed it to the left or right ? I pointed it left , it seemed to have the best access that way .

    The back bearings hadn't had fresh grease for a long time , They sound ok though. All good now .

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    Yes Rob that is mine. That one suffered bad damage also but thankfully was repaired really well by some one else.
    That's a cracking job really impressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallace1973 View Post
    Yes Rob that is mine. That one suffered bad damage also but thankfully was repaired really well by some one else.
    That's a cracking job really impressed.

    People must try lifting the DR with a forklift by the table at times ? If its lifted by the table the weight of the whole DR would be hanging on that part missing on my saw . Maybe its so weak there the saw doesn't get high enough to break the feet when it drops ? Ive sen a few broken around this part , some much worse !
    Rob

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    Lovely work. Nice save too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auscab View Post
    ...Can any one direct me to a thread that describes what this " number of tags has been exeeded" pain in the butt thing that prevents posting is about please...
    I've had trouble with that too. The software picks out a whole bunch of word (apparently at random) as tags - then tells you it's selected too many so you can't post. Go figure.

    When I find words like "cheers" included in the tags, I know the software has a problem . I delete most of the tags now.

    Okay, I'll go read some more of your posts now...

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hiroller View Post
    Lovely work. Nice save too.

    +1. And nice save on the bearing lubrication too.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Hi Rob,
    That looks like a good way to start the New Year, fixing a DR. A nice saw.
    Did you pay scrap yard price?
    I hunted for one for a few years before I got mine.
    Have you finished your big new shop or are you starting on the additions to give you enough space?

    I hope you have a good new year.

    Have fun,
    Alli

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allison74 View Post
    Hi Rob,

    Did you pay scrap yard price?
    Hi Alli .
    No, not scrap yard Iron price . More like pushed up by seller ebay price I think . $900 roughly.
    That's the feeling I got from it .



    Quote Originally Posted by Allison74 View Post
    Have you finished your big new shop or are you starting on the additions to give you enough space?

    I hope you have a good new year.

    Have fun,
    Alli
    Thanks Alli , same to you .

    I moved into shed last July This picture was taken at the end of the day ( back in July ) shifting in machinery with Matt and Pete. I have it set up for working now, so a lot has been done, but have a long way to go . Getting the DR running gets me back sawing with a decent width blade . ATM I only have a 3/8 blade on the smaller A.A.Tyson to band saw with . In the old workshop I had another saw that ran a 30mm blade which I used for ripping a lot of stuff . Ive got Three machines that need some restoration and the good PK as well . Then finalize positions and do the dust extraction.

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    Rob that is an amazing space, have you ever thought of have two Pk's back to back. Then you could have different blades set up. I thought about it but I don't have the space

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    Yes Mark ,I have given that some thought . The more I thought of it the less likely I may do that . I will check first though . I have regular chats with another guy here with a PK . He uses a rip blade in his saw .
    I had 16"rip blade in mine but just changed it to a 18"combination rip and crosscut . I ordered a rip from some city based Blade sellers ,but had delivered what I consider a combination and the seller considers a rip . We almost had an argument on the phone . It cuts well and I decided not to return it but possibly get a true rip at 18" later. Or repair my 16" rip with its few missing teeth. Get it repaired and sharpened.
    What I'm getting at is the saw seems to cut pretty good at cross cutting and ripping with the rip blade . Could there be a need for two saws. I'm thinking of using the PK with just the rip because I like the flat bottom it gives when trenching with the blade doing a 4mm wide cut. My friend and I cant seem to see much chipping out with the rip when cross cutting . I wonder if its the speed these blades are spinning at ?
    Any way I'm going to check that out and if there is no point in having two PK's I'm going to get it the older PK running nice and give it a good polishing up , and Ill sell it . I also have another Rip only saw which takes 20 " blades. Nowhere as cool as the PK though . A big old Wolfenden . An Aussie Rip saw.

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    It would look good. Maybe put a trenching head on. It would make a good run off table

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    Yeah it would look good as a run off table . I'd love to be able to trench on the PK as well . An adaptor is needed to hold the head though I think ? You ever seen one ? Or someone that has re made them ?

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