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Hi all new member here, can anyone pm their number so I can have chat about how to approach this. Need some tips etc.

Thanks in advance.

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Welcome to the forum john and if you take some photos it will help so the guys can see it.
 

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I strongly recommend that you learn about posting pics or the help we can give is strictly limited. Colour is not important. Besides, pictures of a restored old saw is how you thank people for their help :).

The first thing you need to do is download the AGS10 manuals from the Wadkin library, and study them. Wadkin AGS 250 300 350 Sawbench. Then you need to identify your saw, whether it is the older or newer style. The easiest way to tell is with the riving knife. If it raises and lowers when you raise or later the blade (the manual will tell you how to do this) then it is newer style, otherwise it is older style. We could tell you from the shape of the cabinet if you posted a picture.

In the absence of pictures, please describe the condition.
 

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Hi icejohn,

I did a restoration on an older AGS10 the other year. You can see it here.
My new old Wadkin 10 AGS

My basic approach was take the entire thing to pieces, clean, refurb and rebuild.

Have a gander and I'll try and answer any further questions you may have.

Dave
 

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Thanks for the replies both. Wish I had a riving knife it didn't come with one. So can't confirm if it goes up or down. Pretty scared taking it appart if I am honest without some phone numbers to call when it goes wrong lol hence my first post.

Got manuals off their website man of war. A simple question is what oil is the modern equivalent? The grease I have found on eBay as the seller 400g Shell Gadus S2 V100 3 Grease (Alvania RL3/Alvania Grease 3) has the older named grease and the modern one.

Power m 125 is the oil old name but can't find it?

Will read your restore post,
 

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Hi icejohn,

My own saw came sans riving knife. Towards the end of the thread I posted CAD drawings of the riving knives for both old and new versions after kind members of this forum posted dimensioned images. I had one made by a local laser cutting company. Cost about £20.

The machines are pretty simple. It's part of what makes them so robust so don't be scared by it. It's mostly just graft getting it cleaned up.

It would be great if you could post a couple of pics to see where you are starting from.

Re grease, I swapped out the old bearings in the motor for 2zz type so they would not need greasing. As for the rest of the contact moving parts I used a teflon based spray lubricant called GT85. A lost less prone to gathering sawdust and creating a horrible stodgy mess. I just give everything a quick spray every so often.

Dave

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If you can get a picture as follows, we can tell you the model. Take off the insert around the blade (just lift it) and take off the blade (left hand thread!), Take a pic including the spindle where the blade attaches and include the region inside the saw at the back of the blade.

You MUST include a riving knife and crown guard in your restoration, for safety's sake. Yes you see lots of YouTube from the USA without these. Also, thousands of fingers are amputated by saws in the USA.
 

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Hi guys here are a couple of pics. First ones are how it was arrived rusty as...orange Fanta. Then I did some sanding on the cast iron top and was very surprised by what some elbow electric..grease can do 240 grit silcon carbide paper and wd40 cleaned it up so no more Fanta colour rust shows up when I go over with the sander. Finshed pic is the next post.
 

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Here is the after pic. Many thanks Dave loved reading you orginal post , makes repairs look like art.


Music man , Am definitely looking to get a riving knife made and fitted when i know how to. I tried removing the aluminum steel cover near the saw blade it wouldnt budge so am scratching head a bit, i didnt want to put too much pressure on it.
 

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Hi John,

To lift the aluminium plate by the blade, if you'll pardon the expression, just stick your finger in the round hole and pull up. The only thing that will be holding it in place will be rust or old sawdust.

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Thanks for the pics, that should come up well. You can get going with WD40 and wire wool on the table and mitre slots. If the aluminium insert is really stuck, give it a light hammer tap from underneath. Access is near the motor, but watch you don't cut yourself on the blade. That might be a 12" blade in there (which is possible). You have got a relatively rare single phase model.
 

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Hi dave. Finally got the aluminium plate up....had to use brute force with a big screwdriver . Turns out spider Web is bloody stong must have been a 100 webs holding it down.

Only joking there is alot of old webs but the aluminium plate has small steel iron screws underneath to help with placement I guess. These had rusted onto the cast iron corner recesses at least that how I see them as.

I have attached a pic of where some bolts are for the riving knife hopefully? Can anyone confirm if it's a old riving knife design I need or the newer design.?
 

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Hi John,

Well done. Yes, those two bolts hold the riving knife. Definitely the older fixed style.

Dave
 

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Yup older style saw, very close in manufacture to mine if serial numbers are sequential, mine is within 100 of yours, zoom in to see my serial number.
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It also has a one piece raise arm and arbour, rather than the later model where tarbour bolts to the arm.
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I have the original riving knife and guard if you need a picture for reference anytime.

Great saw to work on, easy to take apart and rebuild. Arbor bearings are 62032RS then you need some shims as well but all in about £15 to replace. rubbish gets in the worm gears causing rise and fall and tilt to be slow.

have fun.

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hi guys as usual , thank for the replies. I havnt actually got to the stage working out if the bearings are shot as the saw disc and nut that holds it on appear to be "one rust" as the regga song goes. So am drowning it in wd 40 and hoping it loosens up in a few days. Am also trying to find a set of whitworth sockets to get a better grip than my ajusting spanner.

i have found a post a about bearing for wadkin 12 inch would the bearing be the same on both the ags 10 and 12 models. the bearings he recommends was skf 6206 - 2z he doesnt mention any shims so i figured that has to be the better option? in the event i need new bearings.
 

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Don’t think the AGS 12 and 10 use the same bearings. The original AGS 10 bearings are 6203ff or 88503 bearings, with a wider inner race of 16.6mm compared with the 12mm outer race. The 6203 bearings have a 12mm inner and outer race so you need 2.3mm of shims on either side of the inner race to makeup to 16.6mm. Getting the original bearings is possible but expensive. You can see the arbor breakdown in the photo below.
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ok managed to get the saw blade off using a rubber mallet piece of wood and a star screwdriver acting as a leaver into a "hole" that was in a circular disc next to the blade. This circular bit is badly rusted but i cant see how to remove it. (there was actually 2-3 holes in this 1cm thick cirular bit so i assume the holes are for the purpose of blade removal. Please can somone confirm? There was NO obvious place to fit a small thin spanner that i have seen on other rip saws on youtube.

cleaned up the round handles for blade ajustment . All that was needed was some light sand paper to remove the rust. I wiped them over with 3 in oil. I am thinking candle wax might be better? protection?
 

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That circular three hole thingy is for holding the arbour steadyvto get the nut off. You place a screwdriver or C spanner in the holes.

Sam
 
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