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    Its been a little while since I did a resto thread, I have been busy though, I just finished an RS lathe but I've done a couple of threads on them so didn't bother again.
    I was going to do a MF morticer but the courier curse struck and it ended up doing a somersault off the tail lift from a great height. I cant blame the driver too much because the seller had firstly attached it to a euro pallet which are totally unsuitable for top heavy lumps of iron, secondly he left the table wound up and motors raised.
    The driver should have known better though, I never understand why they want to turn a pallet on the tail lift when it would be much easier to push it straight onto it then remove the pump truck, lower and put the truck back in from the front.
    Anyway no one was hurt so that's the main thing.
    I never knew 75Okg could bounce but it did, half pike double twist and back slap. This was a really nice machine amazingly no hand wheels broken







    Heres the RB,







    This is the first single phase wadkin I've come across and dates from 1934



    I asked the seller to lie it down to save the couriers a job in dropping it. Shame he didn't take the guard off first to stop damage



    They are pretty simple things to strip down and within an hour it was in bits





    I maybe should have cracked the nuts whilst was on the machine.


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    The nuts came off without too much force and I reversed the nut and screwed it back on to check for stretched threads. They screwed on smoothly so this machine has not been manhandled


    You can also remove two clam shells to run moulding irons


    I've never come across split double row bearings before

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      Thanks for taking the time to do this, I really like following along.

      I've always thought this would be a great planer to have and fantastic to have the moulding option.

      B
      Proud member of the Wadkin Blockhead Club.

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        Re: Wadkin RB restoration

        Originally posted by wallace1973 View Post

        The nuts came off without too much force and I reversed the nut and screwed it back on to check for stretched threads. They screwed on smoothly so this machine has not been manhandled


        You can also remove two clam shells to run moulding irons


        I've never come across split double row bearings before

        The bearings are self aligning hence the double row.
        I just bought 2 new ones for my Jointer that are sealed.
        • “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.”Winston Churchill

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          Re: Wadkin RB restoration

          I've seen lots of double row self aligning but none with a two part cage
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            To clean any machined surfaces I like to use scotchbrite and brake cleaner. I don't like using wire wheels because it can ruin the surface.



            Wadkin even stamp the ways so you don't mix parts up



            Everything derusted and degreased





            I like to give stuff a coat of zinc primer before I do any fill work






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              A bit more progress, I ran out of ali filler so had to use standard bondo.





              The fence looks crusty but cleaned up well





              The tables look worse than they are



              The steel lips have a bit pitting but the cast iron is clean




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