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wallace

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I bought this about 18 months ago, I'd been after something a bit smaller than the 30"DR I had previous. It came up on ebay and I won it for not much money. The only issue was collection, the seller said his place wasn't suitable for a pallet courier. I removed the seats from my VW and put a engine hoist in to help load it. It was located in leicester.
When I got their I didn't realise how close the place was to where the bandsaw was built. It was litterally a stones throw from the factory.
The joiners that had it was a peculiar setup, it was in the middle of a terrace of houses up a narrow alleyway. It had been in the family for a good few generations. You went up some tiny stairs to a bench room where stuff was made. When completed a door was opened in the wall and it was lowered into a courtyard.
I had to use every bit of skill reversing up the alleyway, I had 1.5" either side of my mirrors. Its lucky I drove FLT's for many years. I did have pics but they are on my instagram.
Luckily the bandsaw was downstairs where timber was machined up, but there was still some big thresholds to lift it over.

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I stripped most off the bits off it at leicester

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I had to use a jack to get the top column out the casting

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They were big horses back in the day, this is 2hp

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The whole top wheel bearing assembly is kept in place by two pointed bolts

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I started stripping the paint, it scraped and sanded off really easy

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A belt sander on the 'wadkin' works a treat

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That’s a hell of a lump, how on Earth did you move it, never mind get it the back of VW? Ian
There were 3 strapping young apprentices who helped, It was pretty easy with the engine hoist. It took alot longer for unloading it at home by myself.
Its amazing what will fit in a VW transporter if you take the seats out.
 

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Time to strip the motor, that doesnt look very wadkin

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the grease was very black which isn't a good sign.

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I think it might have spun

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It has a roller bearing on the wheel side

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I'm going to take it to my motor guy to get the leads done better and maybe put some varnish on the windings, the bitumen is cracking a bit.
 

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I found the pics of when I went to collect this, I had to reverse 30m

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I'm not sure if the business was their before the houses

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Just around the corner was the site of wadkins original factory. I reckon that could be the original chimney.

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Anyway I digress. This is the bracket that holds the top wheel. Its seen a bit of action and had a repair

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The bearings have been changed, they came out a bit too easy so I will reinstall with some compound

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The spindle has a bit ware

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The castings on this are really nice with very little fettling

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The evaporust is getting a bit old, but still working

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This cheap little ROS has earned its keep, it has been hammered for a few years now and still performs.
I bought a new bosch and it is pants compared to this. I think it was £35 from b&q
 
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Just noticed there was no pic of the cheapo ROS,

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I wasnt sure what to do about the wheels, if I fettled and filled them they would need balancing. I suppose I could take them to a tyre place. I decided to leave them as is. The vulcanised rubber is in good condition. It doesn't appear to be crowned either.

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The covers are in good condition, the hammerite paint came off easily with a chisel.

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The side is fixed with little rivets, peened over.

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Time to chuck some primer about

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I laid it on pretty thick so I can wet sand it

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These dont look very wadkin

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Stunning work and a great machine......wish it were mine.....
will u keep it or move it on....?

I'm still looking for something older...
this is what's available locally'ish.....
this one is just a 1000 euro's....
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no price on this one....
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this one is 600 euro's...very tempted....!!!!!!!!!
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Superb work as usual Wallace. You always inspire me to try harder to emulate your high quality finishes.

Because this is for me I find myself cutting corners, like not filling and sanding a portion of the main frame that will be hidden by the table. Also non of the brightwork is getting the shiny treatment. It takes a huge amount of time to do it and my workshop isnt the best to maintain it.
 

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Wonderful work and great inspiration. The hunt is on. Many hours spent using old Wadkin machinery and easy now to miss the feeling of stability. Wished I hadn't sold my old turn of the century (1900 !) Guillet band saw with a 48 " square table. Suspected it might have originally been to saw bovine carcase's in half as it had a lip upstand at the back edge of the wheel but only my conjecture. Didn't have to restore thank goodness just put new guides on.
 

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A bit more done, I got my motor chap to put some new leads on, he also checked it with a mega and found the reading out so stuck it in the oven to dry out. He also noticed the rotor had been rubbing on the stator making a groove. Probably because of the bearings.

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The end bell got a bit filler

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I managed to find new old stock bearings which didn't cost the earth, £107 for both of them.

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This is one of those rocky horse poo items, I've had it stashed in my junk store for years waiting untill I found my holy grail bandsaw.

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A clean and coating of smchoo

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Then primer

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Now if you want to get really silly about paint you wet sand and prime again

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The table is in decent condition and still has alot of its original machining marks, but it does have the usual tea cup circles and some heavy staining. I was going to get it ground but I doubt its worth the effort and expense.

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The fence I have is designed to go to the left of the blade, this table only has fixing holes on the right so I will need to drill and tap the table.

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This paint drys to a nice soft sheen

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All this prep for 20 seconds with a spray gun

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This is too awesome, its going to be better than new. They were surely never painted that well originally.

Ollie
 

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Got the fence assembled

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The saw was missing its tag but I have a few in my stash. The eagle eyed will notice some rivets, they came from fred dibnahs place when the contents of his workshop were being auctioned off.

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I still need to put a brush on the bracket for the bottom wheel and their are brackets that look like they hold a guard that covers the blade between the wheels. Other than that its onto the next one.
 

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I found the pics of when I went to collect this, I had to reverse 30m

iA16jpv.jpg


83Gwb6u.jpg


I'm not sure if the business was their before the houses

C8KH8Df.jpg


Just around the corner was the site of wadkins original factory. I reckon that could be the original chimney.

0J2KQFZ.jpg


.
b2Un332.jpg


Anyway I digress. This is the bracket that holds the top wheel. Its seen a bit of action and had a repair

0NyoZxN.jpg


1mWMkkN.jpg


The bearings have been changed, they came out a bit too easy so I will reinstall with some compound

E90kqJD.jpg


The spindle has a bit ware

uOUgcoo.jpg


0r85riN.jpg


The castings on this are really nice with very little fettling

lfaFqTv.jpg


The evaporust is getting a bit old, but still working

fmHsdBk.jpg


i6t5ttw.jpg


hrFrovD.jpg


3YdzmIG.jpg


This cheap little ROS has earned its keep, it has been hammered for a few years now and still performs.
I bought a new bosch and it is pants compared to this. I think it was £35 from b&q
Stunning work mate, its heart warming to see brillant people bring these amazing old machines back to life and to live on, I enjoyed the photos and pictures of the old works factor, brillant work mate, looking forward to seeing this finished, Louie
 
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