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    Here we go again folks. This is a wadkin LQ recessor. I think this to be one of the most overlooked machines out their. They generally sell for peanuts and are really useful machines which can bore, mill, rout and even be fitted with moulder tooling.





    This one dates from 1950



    Time to tear it down





    Now that is a lead screw





    I dont think I will take musch notice of the wiring, why would someone get some 4 core cable and use the earth wire for one of the phases.





    mikeddd, Matt Matt and 2 others like this.
    www.wadkinrestorations.co.uk
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    I've never done one of these and was really surprised when I undid the bolts that attach the foot lever to the head and the head slid out with a wollop.




    To get the rest of the assembly out I needed to tip the casting over.



    All big bits removed


    Luckily when people do the hammerite clown paint job they dont normally prep things properly which makes it easy to remove the paint with a scraper.


    While it was on its side I thought I may as well start the prep.

    furnman, hennebury and 7 others like this.
    www.wadkinrestorations.co.uk

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    • #3

      Re: Wadkin LQ restoration

      No hanging about on this one! Looking great Mark

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      • #4

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        Watching with interest; I have one that i have been using for a while, but haven't got around to rebuilding.
        www.solidwoodmachinery.com

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        • #5

          Re: Wadkin LQ restoration

          Hi Mark,
          Looking forward to follow this one.
          What Are your plans for the Chuck?

          Kristian

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            Re: Wadkin LQ restoration

            Originally posted by K. Hansen View Post
            Hi Mark,
            Looking forward to follow this one.
            What Are your plans for the Chuck?

            Kristian
            No plans for the chuck, Are you in need of one? I think I have a rusty that came off the LQ I scrapped
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            • #7

              Re: Wadkin LQ restoration

              No I Will go with a collet Chuck, and I wondered if you would do the same..

              Kristian

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              • #8

                Re: Wadkin LQ restoration

                I plan on doing that on my own LP, I think Vann has already started the process on his machine
                www.wadkinrestorations.co.uk

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                  Re: Wadkin LQ restoration

                  Originally posted by wallace1973 View Post
                  I plan on doing that on my own LP, I think Vann has already started the process on his machine
                  Robert Brown in Melbourne uses a collet chuck in his LQ - with great success (so much so that I believe he seldom uses Wadkin tooling). So I've bought one for my (still in pieces) LP. - which came with no tooling, just a Jacobs chuck.

                  An ER32 collet chuck takes every size of cutter shaft from 2mm to 20mm. Mine has an MT3.

                  The Wadkin LP is the smaller, older brother to the LQ. Mine dates to 1925.

                  Cheers, Vann.
                  Last edited by J Vann; 03-02-2019, 04:42 PM.
                  Proud member of the Wadkin Blockhead Club.

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                  • #10

                    Re: Wadkin LQ restoration

                    Vann, does the collet chuck secure in the LP ok, can you still use the grub screw to secure it
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                      Re: Wadkin LQ restoration

                      Originally posted by wallace1973 View Post
                      Vann, does the collet chuck secure in the LP ok, can you still use the grub screw to secure it
                      As my LP is still in pieces I haven't been able to try it yet.

                      The LP (and the LQ for that matter) have the spindle bored for a short MT4, secured with a set screw. On mine the MT4 must have been damaged because it has been bored out oversize (non-standard size). It came with an adaptor to fit that oversize, and bored internally MT2 to take the Jacobs chuck. I've had an adaptor made to fit the oversize MT4, bored internally MT3 to take the collet chuck (and any MT3 drills I might pick up). The adaptors can be held with the set screw. Whether the collet chuck or Jacobs chuch will come loose? I haven't got that far yet.

                      If your spindle MT4 is still in good nick, get a collet chuck with a MT4 taper, and the set screw will hold it just fine - but you may need to have the taper shortened.

                      Cheers, Vann.
                      Proud member of the Wadkin Blockhead Club.

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                      • #12

                        Re: Wadkin LQ restoration


                        Heres a pic of the first version of the LQ, this one dates from around 1910



                        I have the next machine after this the LP which I will get to one day




















                        www.wadkinrestorations.co.uk

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                          I had to get some more paint supplies so whilst their I treat myself to a new spray gun. Works lovely for £24.


                          I got the main casting prepped and primed.



                          I thought I'd give this magic stuff a go, it seems to all the rage on youtube


                          This is how they came out after a nights soak


                          Then a quick wire wheel, I'm quite impressed. A lot less hassle then electrolysis but quite expensive


                          Some bits in the blackening solution



                          www.wadkinrestorations.co.uk

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                            Shiny handwheels


                            I couldnt find a container to put these bits in so tried this

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                              This is the column the table rotates on and also the raising gear





                              Somewhere in their is a tapered pin that needs removing to allow the shaft and gear to come out



                              A bit aluminium bodge



                              The spring that lifts the head back up.



                              Mmm shiny



                              The spindle assembly



                              Bronze pulley, on the inside is a square hole which takes the drive to the spindle








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