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    Default Rb 644.

    Another to add - again in the UK.

    RB 664a.jpg

    The On/Off pushbuttons have gone, and the original switchgear is no longer in use - replaced by a more modern starter. Note all the wiring is now external.

    RB 664b.jpg

    5-spoke cast-iron handwheels (3rd type).

    RB 644w.jpg

    Second type of fence - the classic RB fence as fitted to most RB buzzers.

    RB 664f.jpg

    Narrow "Brookhirst" switchgear door.

    RB 664br.jpg

    Cast tag.

    wRB 664 32853 UK.jpg

    RB 664 - test 32853, of 1949.

    The machine is part of batch A-2372.

    Batch A 2372 - RBs 630 to 701 - 72 machines commissioned 1st August, 1947;
    RB 664, test 32853, of 1949 - United Kingdom - 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.

    What are the chances that test 32854 will be RB 665 .

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Default Rb 780.

    Further to my relentless search for more RB buzzers - another has shown up in the UK.

    The classic second type of fence. Tin tag.

    780a.jpg

    The paint job looks rough. The cutter guard appears to be missing - as does any form of wiring (even the On/Off push buttons aren't there). Fitted with a modern single-phase motor.

    780b.jpg

    3-spoke aluminium handwheels (4th type). Full size "Brookhirst" switchgear door. An isolating switch (which didn't come standard - but RB 763 from the same batch also has one).

    780d.jpg

    RB 780, test 37954, of 1950.

    wRB 780 37954 UK.jpg

    So the machine is part of the 5th to last batch of RBs.

    Batch A 2469 - RBs 750 to 797 - 48 machines commissioned 30th November, 1948;
    RB 763, test 37585, of Sept. 1950 - South Africa - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RB 780, test 37954, of 1950 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag;
    RB 793, test 38322, of 1950 - United Kingdom - Wadkin Ltd. tin tag.

    Cheers, Vann.
    Last edited by Vann; 15th October 2021 at 06:32 PM. Reason: The forum software won't allow me to use a capital 'B' in the title.
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