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Wadkin MA morticer restoration

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Re: Wadkin MA morticer restoration

Postby Malc2098 » 31 Aug 2018, 21:17

I like a big chain.
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Re: Wadkin MA morticer restoration

Postby Robert » 01 Sep 2018, 14:31

Just scrolled back to compare picture 4 to these last ones. You always do it but it has to be said again... what a difference!

Looking forward to seeing it completed/working.
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Re: Wadkin MA morticer restoration

Postby wallace » 01 Sep 2018, 18:37

Thanks Robert, this was only purchased as a spares machine for not a lot of money. I had no intention of restoring it. I couldn't bring myself to take the usefull bits and scrap the rest which I'm pleased I didn't now because I quite like it. The Mrs wants my bit of the garden tidying of machines so it jumped the que.
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Re: Wadkin MA morticer restoration

Postby wallace » 02 Sep 2018, 17:44

The chain has a tensioner bolt that had been snapped off, there was a lump of wood wedged in to keep the tension. I drilled a hole and tried with a stud extractor but it seems reluctant. Gave it some heat and a squirt of wd40, I will come back to it.

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To do the raised letterng I just got a wad of rag and dabbed a bit paint on.

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This machine had the much sought after switch but it was missing the off button. A request on instagram found a full switch in no time.

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Re: Wadkin MA morticer restoration

Postby Malc2098 » 03 Sep 2018, 09:44

Tasty!
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Re: Wadkin MA morticer restoration

Postby Rod » 03 Sep 2018, 09:51

Nice and shiny

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Re: Wadkin MA morticer restoration

Postby wallace » 06 Sep 2018, 18:04

Pretty much completed now. The piece of casting that was missing was built up using liquid metal filler. Its like car bodge but alot denser

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I re wired everything and it worked first time which is unusual because electrickery is not my strong point.

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I did run into a small problem of the gears for the chisel head not being the same. For a replacement set it costs a few hundred quid. I'm hoping the dealer I got it from has another with the correct gear. Then I need to fix the threads on the main spindle, someone tried to put a 1/2" BSW on a 5/8ths thread so the first few threads are a mess.

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Re: Wadkin MA morticer restoration

Postby Malc2098 » 06 Sep 2018, 18:33

Wow!
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Re: Wadkin MA morticer restoration

Postby wallace » 07 Sep 2018, 15:25

I found a suitable handle for the Y travel but the bore was too big, a couple of bronze bushings and voila bobs your uncle.

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I am determined to empty the garden of machines this year. I've had a PK dim saw with lots of bits missing for about 4 years now. I recently bought a knackered EQ spindle moulder just for the fences, switch and handle. The switch and handle found a new home in that their America. The fence on the EQ is very similar to that of the PK apart from it doesn't tilt, so the plan is to put it on their

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Re: Wadkin MA morticer restoration

Postby fiveeyes » 10 Sep 2018, 00:48

Lovely work Wallace, as always.
Could what I see, in the background, the beginnings of a giant cutting board. :lol:
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Re: Wadkin MA morticer restoration

Postby wallace » 10 Sep 2018, 16:03

fiveeyes wrote:Lovely work Wallace, as always.
Could what I see, in the background, the beginnings of a giant cutting board. :lol:


I suppose you could but they were laid on bituman in 1922 and they really do stink. There from wadkins workshops that got demolished. The plan is to lay them in my workshop.

They are pretty toxic, when I first unloaded them I just made a big pile on a bit of grass. The grass died quickly and nothing has grown their for 2 years
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Re: Wadkin MA morticer restoration

Postby wallace » 14 Sep 2018, 16:11

I had a bit of an issue with the drive gears in that they did not mesh. Luckily my friendly machine dealer swapped it another with the correct gear. Strange thing none of my augers from my chisels are long enough to use on this.

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