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    Default Wadkin MF - Is it worth it?

    I know of a Wadkin MF that I am considering for a restoration project. I've not seen it yet but will go take a look to see if its not too far gone. It sounds like it's had a rough life;


    • Motor needs rewiring - Not sure what exactly this means, as in a full rebuild? Possibly ~$500 ?!?!?
    • No switch gear - Could get this off eBay from the UK but we are probably talking 150
    • No chain or chisels - A set of each may be about 150 so 300 all up
    • Front turn wheel - I dare say I'd have to improvise and find a cast iron wheel I can retro fit, estimate it'll be about $100.
    • Other bits and pieces - Bits and bobs & re-respray / re-grease at a guess this may be $200 !?!?!?

    At a guess it won't have the chain sharpening tool on the side

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    SO at an absolute guess this would cost around AUD$1500 to bring it back to spec and looking good + the negotiated cost of buying it (should be 3 figures). It'll take my own sweat equity to restore it and would assume this would equate to 100hrs +/-.

    So, is it worth it?

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    $1500 would be acceptable for a machine of that calibre, if you could purchase the same machine new it would $6-7,000.

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    Is it the one pictured cause that one looks to be in reasonable nick already.

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    Hell yeah!

    I dunno if you've looked around, but any new mortisers for that price or less tend to be 1HP(ish), chisel only and quite flimsy in comparison to that ol' gal. Basically it's higher end home hobbyist gear.

    You may find a comparable 2nd-hand one for similar price but it'll likely either be snapped up very quickly or you'll be inheriting the cost of rebuilding it anyway when you find out why they sold it so cheaply.

    Mind you, I'd be looking very closely at the mounting points for the chisel & chain to ensure there's no damage or missing parts there... that's where things could get expensive and I'm wondering why they've gone walkabout. eg. if someone salvaged them for another machine did they take anything else, like the sprocket?
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    Charlie 6ft if you’d care to PM me I might have some news that you want to hear.

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    Thanks guys, no not the one pictured that was just for reference. I am on the fence with a machine that needs a decent amount of work and expense. The DN I am restoring although fairly complete has been a bigger task than anticipated and in hindsight not sure if I would have taken it on again if the opportunity presented itself.

    I do wonder how machines part with bits - especially that big lovely large turn wheel!

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