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Flipmartian

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Hi folks.

My first post!

I thought I got a bargain wadkin 10 AGS on eBay. It arrived the other day and appeared in good order. I started cleaning it up and found It wouldn’t tilt all the way to 45 degrees as it was quite hard to turn the tilt wheel. It wouldn’t go any further. Turning it back the other way made a clunk and the whole trunnion assembly dropped to the floor. The trunnion bracket had snapped at one end.

I suppose I should have stripped the thing down at first sign of a stiff wheel. It didn’t seem that bad and seemed quite easy to break.

Anyone have ideas on my next course of action. Was thinking:

Buy a new/used replacement trunnion bracket?

Or get the one I have welded back together?

I will obviously strip it down and clean everything up too.

Perhaps it was a stiff mechanism due to a crack and some kind of misalignment or it was basically seized up due to neglect / lack of maintenance. The finger plate was all bashed up. I presume something happened in the past that could have damaged the trunnion.

Do you think a welded part can be as good as original? The new replacement parts seem extremely expensive and welding sounds cheaper!
 

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It all depends on where the break is......however, unless you are able to tackle welding or pinning it back together it’s highly likely to cost more than buying another ‘well loved’ machine (looks rusty and battered) and making one good machine out of the too. Selling off the bits left over cleaned up is likely to yield more than you paid for the donner machine.

E,g. A worn out worm drive is a fortune new from Wadkin; so is a new riving knife and crown guard. The pinion cog that moves the fence is often worn out and no replacement is available....you have to either make one or hope a spare comes up on eBay.
 

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And if you end up with extension tables for sale then let me know! Sorry, now feel like a vulture circling. Best of luck with the fix.
 

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All the parts you mention are in very good shape. No wear at all. I am starting to think the guy I bought it off never changed the height or tilt. Perhaps that’s why it got stuck. It really just needs the one snapped bit sorting out. I have pictures now it’s in bits...
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Sorry the photos are upside down (they are right way up on my phone)
 

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Flipmartian

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If I ever get a spare extension I will let you know!

Would anyone here have a non-working machine from which a bracket could be salvaged?

I think I will soon run out of space if I start collecting well-loved machines!
 

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Definitely get it welded.
Nothing looks critical in terms of a big bead fouling something...
Am I wrong in presuming this?

Tom
 

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Cast iron can be welded, but it needs a specialist with the right equipment. I had a part done recently. And you need to have an alignment jug to hold it accurately in position. The cost is likely to be around £150.
 

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I've welded up some small cast bits and bobs with "all weld" rods for a bog standard 250 amp arc welder.
I've heard you need to have it buried in sand so the piece doesn't cool down too fast.
Never had to do this though.
You could get a good size used arc welder for 50 quid if your going to spend that much.

Tom
 
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