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    A couple of weeks ago I had the good fortune to open my email really early, and thanks to Rob (iamtooler), I picked up this stroke sander yesterday about 50 kms North of here in Windsor Qc. He sent me the link and I was at he sellers place by noon. We made a deal and I left a serious deposit. Nice to have a flexible work schedule. It's typical Wadkin, really solid construction with lots of massive cast iron, for woodworking machinery that is.

    Now stroke sanders are a dime a dozen but this Wadkin is pretty rare and has some really interesting features. It has the typical sliding table but the belt is really long 24'6". Which makes for less belt heat and less wear. It also allows for the waterfall on the right side vertical section. Not sure if this original or added but it makes sense. The neatest feature is the Swan neck design of the two main castings. This allows for sanding of material that is much longer than the typical SS, rather than being limited to the length of the table or the space between the columns. In theory the maximum length capacity of material is basically infinite.

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    The quality of construction is excellent. There are 4 main components. The base, 2 ends and the head. Each are typical Wadkin bullet proof construction. All told 3,000 lbs! The 4 round rods, 2 for the table support and 2 for the travelling sand pad slide, are solid, not hollow tubes, solid 1 1/4" rod. The base is surprisingly heavy. Having dismantled it I think we could have dragged it onto a flatbed trailer or tow truck to haul it back to my shop. All sections have registration pins to align each joint and bolts to fasten.


    This machine had been in the seller's garage for 20 years, since his dad downsized his shop. It had to go, they were selling the place. When we were negotiating things got a lot sweeter. Turns out it came with 30, yes thirty, unused but old belts of various grits. Then he offered to help dismantle and load it on the trailer. I asked if he had ever tackled anything of the like. Turns out he is a millwright! All I can say is jackpot. He then offered his small Kubuta tractor to help load it. When I showed up to pick it up his uncle was there too and guess what? He is a retired millwright. They had it half dismantled before I got there, all bolts and parts in the can. We had the major parts dismantled and on the trailer within an hour. All that's left was to gather up the small parts and strap it down. The base will need a coat of paint and the bearings need to be looked at. Mount a 5 horse motor and get to work. Now the work of clearing out a spot in the shop to shoe horn this machine in to place begins. Quite an upgrade from a hand held belt sander or even the BGY.

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    Tags 40's-50's??
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    Mike

    Wadkin blockhead
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    Nice work Mike! that's a beauty! Makes my "progress" look like @#%&!!!

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      looks in great shape 1956. Cam's got cuts from the 20s of that sander it and old model. good one Mike.
      everyone knows real machines are 3 phase. Founding member of the Wadkin blockhead club

      jack
      English machines

      http://www.youtube.com/user/tool613

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        Mike,

        Great find!! You are lucky to have the room.

        Originally posted by jgarrett forsberg View Post
        looks in great shape 1956. Cam's got cuts from the 20s of that sander it and old model. good one Mike.
        This is the image from the 1922 catalogue, it's a GM, but they definitely had the design down early.



        Cheers,

        Camo


        HELP!!

        If you have seen this catalogue, or are in the area of Tyntesfield, North Somerset, or you know of the location of a Stenners catalogue, I would love to get some images of some of my 1955 machines.

        Call: 1800I HAVE A BAD ADDICTION, or PM me.....PLEEEEEEASE

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          That's in lovely condition. Everything over here nearly always gets covered in horrible green paint
          www.wadkinrestorations.co.uk

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            Originally posted by Camozy View Post
            Mike,

            Great find!! You are lucky to have the room.

            Cheers,

            Camo
            I really don't have a lot of extra room. The swan neck design of the GZ columns has another advantage. Since the ends are not closed, or boxed in, the way some stroke sanders are, the adjustable height table will see double duty as an outfeeed table for the moulder on one side and the jointer on the other. This was basically space that had to be kept clear anyway and is now occupied by a small bench, the lathe, and material. Later pics of the set up on will explain better. Being a one man shop has one advantage, I can only run one machine at a time, so nobody will be left idle when a machine in the group is being used.
            Mike

            Wadkin blockhead

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              I must say that that sander is very nice. I so wish i had room for a kit like that. A real Wadkin too. There just so nice to use. Hope to see more of it.
              everyone knows real machines are 3 phase. Founding member of the Wadkin blockhead club

              jack
              English machines

              http://www.youtube.com/user/tool613

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                That is a nice stroke sander! I used one for 10 years starting out and it served us well. They take a lot of real estate and had to go after the wide belt came. If you have the room they are better than a WBS for some things. Mine was a Samco lever arm but looking at the pictures I can see the Wadkin has some nicer features and massive castings. I like the waterfall sander. Someone on woodweb was saying the lever arm is worthless on these but I found it to be very effective after a learning curve. Takes a light touch.

                Very pleasant machines to operate.
                Joe

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                  Originally posted by Joe Calhoon View Post
                  That is a nice stroke sander! I used one for 10 years starting out and it served us well. They take a lot of real estate and had to go after the wide belt came. If you have the room they are better than a WBS for some things. Mine was a Samco lever arm but looking at the pictures I can see the Wadkin has some nicer features and massive castings. I like the waterfall sander. Someone on woodweb was saying the lever arm is worthless on these but I found it to be very effective after a learning curve. Takes a light touch.

                  Very pleasant machines to operate.
                  Joe
                  Like any sander you need to let the machine do the work, applying more pressure is not the answer. I have used one and found the traveler on the lever arm had to move freely to be of any use.
                  Mike

                  Wadkin blockhead

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                    Hi Mike

                    Well done on buying such a rare wonderful machine, we call them " pad sanders " or sometimes sad panders over here, I posted a picture last year of the same model which I lost in a auction here in the uk in my thread "the ones that got away 2013" . I really would love this wadkin, i am a huge pad sander fan and have a couple in my workshop, I find them easy and accurate to use on all types of work.
                    Yours looks in great condition, does it need any work ??
                    This is a picture of my little bursgreen , not in the same league as yours.
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                    and one from the uk auction
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                    Thanks Mark


                    British Machines

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                      Mike
                      Very nice machine. I think it be a little too big for my shop but I'm still extremely jealous.
                      For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
                      Sir Isaac Newton.

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                        I had an 8 ft Progress that I sold a couple of years ago and as mentioned earlier it just took up too much real estate and I bought a wide belt. Mine was sold to a company in the sheet metal business. Ideally we would have shops large enough for both. Congrats on a nice grab.

                        Brian
                        If your dreams don't scare you, you are not dreaming big enough

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                          Bought this one 3 yrs ago for $100.00, it came with 6 spare sanding belt plus a 1 hp motor plus a sliding table. You are right it takes a lot of room, but I don't use it (lack of personnal protection) but it is old and I just have something for old tool.

                          Jacques
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                            Jacques, thats a very interesting machine you have there, clearly workshop made but looks very well done, I really like that but needs some dust extraction on it, so why don't you use it ???, for me the pad sander is great as you can clearly see whats going on specially for sanding solid wood as sometimes more sanding is needed in some areas and not others, I mainly use mine for cleaning up door frames and fitting drawers. One of my pet hates is putting frames through these drum/belt/speed sanders, sanding across the grain is so wrong. I think most furniture makers in the uk still use pad sanders but joiners don't. Whats the view of pad sanders in North America ?????
                            Thanks Mark


                            British Machines

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                              Originally posted by furnman View Post
                              . Whats the view of pad sanders in North America ?????
                              we call them stroke sanders and they are as scarce as hens teeth over here although we have a forum member that has one. I have visited machinery sales and shows across North America and have never seen one on display. I share your appreciation of them but mine took up too much real estate. I have not seen one at work but they have sanders that they use to sand doors that when they come out the machine they do not have the usual scratches that sanding across the grain leaves. Not all door manufacturers have them and certainly not something I would expect to find in a small shop due to their high cost.
                              Brian
                              If your dreams don't scare you, you are not dreaming big enough

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