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    I'm not familiar with the BRA - I don't know if...

    I'm not familiar with the BRA - I don't know if it has provision for a riving knife. But if you're determined to use yours for ripping you could try making a riving knife yourself.

    Here's a sketch...
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    I'm still using the blade that came with my...

    I'm still using the blade that came with my Wadkin CK - 1" bore - positive rake :o.

    However when I bought additional blades for my SCMS - I couldn't get the bore I wanted (5/8" from memory) but...
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    Yes that'll do it (although you can swap any two...

    Yes that'll do it (although you can swap any two - red and blue, or red and yellow - which ever is most convenient).

    Edit: Oops, too late.

    Bodhan raises a good point too.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Yes, very easy fix. To reverse the direction...

    Yes, very easy fix.

    To reverse the direction of a 3-phase motor you simply swap over two of the three phase wires. So, for example, if the wires into the connection box on your saw (or at the plug...
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    Those BRAs are certainly a lot more versatile...

    Those BRAs are certainly a lot more versatile than my CK. Thank goodness I can't do some of those functions... :no:

    Cheers, vann.
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    :o:o:o Aaaargh!! Sacrilege. Thank goodness I...

    :o:o:o Aaaargh!! Sacrilege.

    Thank goodness I have a one man weekend warrior workshop - and aren't subject to that kind of PC sensibility. I hope they weren't Wadkins :no:.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    He does :;. Same with the Wadkin CC and CK....

    He does :;.

    Same with the Wadkin CC and CK. The hardened rods are jig drilled so they can be swapped side for side, turned end for end, or rotated 180 degrees - to even up wear.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    That's my understanding too. But we'll never know...

    That's my understanding too. But we'll never know for sure as most of the Wadkin-Bursgreen records went missing when the former Bursgreen factory in Durham closed. Luckily the Wadkin (Green Lane,...
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    CK 949 - in sunny Nelson.

    Hi Sparkyrock. Thanks for chiming in.

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    CK 949, test 24569, would date to 1945. Thanks for clarifying the Test Number (my best guess/decipher was 24668 :doh:).

    Some more pictures, stolen...
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    I see two of them have the square shape at the...

    I see two of them have the square shape at the bolster - usually the sign of a chisel made before quality went down the gurgler. Good save.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Yes, I was wondering which ones you were going to...

    Yes, I was wondering which ones you were going to call me :D.

    Night-shift this week. I just got out of bed for a midnight (1pm) snack - and email check.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Parts and Potential.

    Here are the parts I salvaged from that hunk-of-rust , former blacksmiths post drill:

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    - main frame;
    - flywheel;
    - flywheel gear;
    - feed wheel;
    - self-feed lever;
    - spindle gear;
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    Terminal Terminology.

    Yes Ian, but... I believe the term 'tote' traveled to the USA from Britain (way back when), and then died out in it's country of origin. So it is British :q. And what's more, using the term 'tote'...
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    Self-Feed Arm Repair.

    I veed out the front face and brazed it up again. I know I'm not supposed to do this, but I ground the brass to flush with the cast-iron top and bottom - and also on the front face but finished off...
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    I used to struggle with the term "lever cap"....

    I used to struggle with the term "lever cap". What about the ones that have a screw instead of a cam lever? Then I realized "lever' was referring to the whole cap being a lever, not the little cam...
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    Disassembly - pt.6.

    The final part left to be disassembled is the coupler. This came apart easier than expected.

    I applied heat, and after it cooled I tapped out the remaines of the anti-rotation plate (which also...
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    Disassembly - pt.5.

    I thought removing the crank gear might be the hardest. It's held on by a large steel screw, and as everything steel on this drill is heavily corroded, I thought it might be a hopeless task trying to...
  18. Don't apologise. Keeping these things together...

    Don't apologise. Keeping these things together makes it easier for the next guy to find.

    I don't rate Ryobi very highly. Usually good enough for occasional use, but...

    I have a Ryobi garden...
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    I would suggest it's not a quality drill press,...

    I would suggest it's not a quality drill press, but at that price you can't go too wrong.

    So as others have said, check:
    - slop in quill;
    - chuck run-out when fully extended down;
    and if I can...
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    Disassembly - pt.4.

    I wire brushed the gear/cog and then scrounged the use of a 25 tonne hydraulic press and pressed out the stub of the shaft.

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    That was less bother than expected, so as I had the self-feed...
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    Disassembly - pt.3.

    The next part I thought I'd have a go at saving is the main frame. The frame on mine has been broken and repaired.

    Saving the frame will involve not removing a part, but removing every part until...
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    Disassembly - pt.2.

    The next piece I decided to attempt to remove is the flywheel. I don't know if I'll use it - the existing flywheel is a poor casting.


    These are sometimes missing from post drills listed on...
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    Disassembly - pt.1.

    First I removed the self-feed arm and pawl - with a hacksaw :o. Then ground off what was left of the rivet and separated the pawl from the arm. The pawl came off in good condition and buffed up well....
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    I found another one !! No.3.

    I haven't done much with my CB&F post drill for quite a while. It's a pain to use because I have to go borrow the pawl from the dawn post drill each time...

    So when I saw another on Trademe a few...
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    If it were me, I'd make a wooden...

    If it were me, I'd make a wooden disc/square/whatever shape, with a tight fitting hex hole - for the base. Fit it around the hex shaft then clamp it to the bottom of the casting. The wood will get...
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    What he says. Here's mine (a 30" Preston) ...

    What he says.

    Here's mine (a 30" Preston)
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    Photos taken during partial refurbish during 2015 & 2016. This one has a square guide shaft, set at 45 degrees.

    Mine also has...
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    Marty, assuming you're in Nelson, NZ, try the...

    Marty, assuming you're in Nelson, NZ, try the Whangarei power tool centre and see what they've got left.

    Good luck (you may need it :;).

    Cheers, Vann.
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    487150 Wouldn't a sparkie in Perth be of more...

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    Wouldn't a sparkie in Perth be of more use :; ?

    Cheers, Vann.
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    And I have a large-ish Wadkin handwheel that will...

    And I have a large-ish Wadkin handwheel that will probably fit.


    That machine would be a good parts machine - if the price is low enough. And if you can acquire another wreck also at a low...
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    Auscab pointed out that I made a mistake with one...

    Auscab pointed out that I made a mistake with one of my links. It's too late to correct the original post, so here are the links again (hopefully correct this time).


    Cheers, Vann.
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    At least that's a No. 10 1/4 and has to be worth...

    At least that's a No. 10 1/4 and has to be worth between one quarter and one half the asking price. Personally I'd buy a brand new Lie-Nielsen No.10 1/4 (or two) for that money and end up with a...
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    I know the lure of a bargain and a shiny new...

    I know the lure of a bargain and a shiny new plane has a strong attraction.

    However, if you're learning, a cheap plane can be more of a deterrent than a blessing. When I started my apprenticeship...
  33. No need to start a new thread. Add a new post to...

    No need to start a new thread. Add a new post to the existing thread (saves having multiple threads about the same machine). Once the post is up you can only edit it for 24 hours - including adding...
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    Yebbit who wants to support the Chinese economy...

    Yebbit who wants to support the Chinese economy in the current international climate anyway?

    Cheers, Vann.
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    1k = ~$2000 NZD, while 3.5k = ~$7000 NZD for...

    1k = ~$2000 NZD, while 3.5k = ~$7000 NZD for comparison.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Wadkin Feeding Frenzy.

    I've been watching vintage machinery sales in New Zealand for around 4 years, and selling prices here tend to be cheaper than in Australia (or Canada & UK for that matter). IIRC the highest price...
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    That is one classic motor. I'd be proud to have...

    That is one classic motor. I'd be proud to have that on any vintage machine of mine. I sure hope it works okay with the VFD.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    Yeah sorry, I meant the design. I wasn't sure if...

    Yeah sorry, I meant the design. I wasn't sure if the "Ideal" had more springs than the "Surty" and other minor design differences. I guess not.

    If they're both the same design I wonder if JT Peat...
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    Hi Henry. Is the Surty guard the same as JT...

    Hi Henry.

    Is the Surty guard the same as JT Peat's "Ideal" guard, or are there differences?

    I'm familiar with the "Ideal" guard as New Zealand Railways had them fitted to all their buzzers and...
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    Wadkin CK Blade Flange.

    Bummer, the CK flange is 6" (152mm) diameter (and also ~15mm thick) - so no good.

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    Cheers, Vann.
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    Being a Crescent, the saw was made in USA, but...

    Being a Crescent, the saw was made in USA, but like my Canadian Preston it's been in this English influenced part of the world for so long it could have American or English threads by now.

    My 30"...
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    Pete said 14 TPI in the first post, but 12 TPI in...

    Pete said 14 TPI in the first post, but 12 TPI in his second post. I'm not famaliar with the EC - and he may have been talking about different heads - but I suspect it's just a typo and want to be...
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    Hi Pete. Nice machine. Thank-you for posting a...

    Hi Pete. Nice machine. Thank-you for posting a picture of the Wadkin tag - I'll add it to the database over on CWW.

    Auscab, I don't have a pikkie of your tag. Can I have one please?


    Hmm, I...
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    Guards.

    With that in mind, this is what came on mine (it has a solid cast iron cabinet enclosing the lower wheel). The outer angle frame and mesh is original Preston guarding (dating back 92 years to 1928)....
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    These old machines often had a timber guard, like...

    These old machines often had a timber guard, like this option on Preston bandsaws.

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    It prevents someone swinging their arm into the blade, but doesn't actually enclose it.

    On my...
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    If it were me - and if I was going to pin it -...

    If it were me - and if I was going to pin it - I'd pin it first, before welding/brazing (not after).

    Cheers, Vann.
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    I know this doesn't help, but here are two more...

    I know this doesn't help, but here are two more of those tags.

    This one looks more modern.

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    And is on this saw.

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    Good result :2tsup:. Cheers, Vann.

    Good result :2tsup:.

    Cheers, Vann.
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    When I looked through what I had in the way of...

    When I looked through what I had in the way of old fashion looking Whitworth spanners (similar to those pictured in the Wadkin brouchures), Snail was the dominant brand, also had several Lion brand...
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    I can only speak of my limited experience. My 30"...

    I can only speak of my limited experience. My 30" Preston bandsaw has a 3hp motor, and I have not found it lacking in power (so far). I don't do resawing - though I recently 'ripped' a 200 long piece...
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