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  • M.McKenna
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    Originally posted by iamtooler View Post
    There are hundreds of them around but dust collection is a challenge and they require some operator skill to use compared to a wide belt. I have a 10' semi automatic Heeseman under a tarp in the yard while I try to find a spot for it. I had even offered it to Mike but he said he had no room till I found him a dirty old Wadkin.
    Rob
    The Heesemann is 10 times the machine the Wadkin is. As much as I do appreciate your offer there is just no way it would have worked. Comparing the Wadkin to the Heesemann is like comparing a schooner to a battleship. What does it have twin 24 HP motors? It was only upon initial inspection that I found how the GZ could be dismantled, moved and installed in sections. That's not something I could imagine doing with the Heesmann. If you saw the lay out of my shop you'd know there is no way it would fit without creating one major obstacle, leaving no room for material flow or project assembly. The Wadkin will occupy a corner of the shop that was under used anyway.

    Now if you are looking for a home the JY? That I would have room for.....

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  • iamtooler
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    There are hundreds of them around but dust collection is a challenge and they require some operator skill to use compared to a wide belt. I have a 10' semi automatic Heeseman under a tarp in the yard while I try to find a spot for it. I had even offered it to Mike but he said he had no room till I found him a dirty old Wadkin.
    Rob

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  • Brian @ Muir
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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

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  • furnman
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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 ?????

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  • Jacques Leclerc
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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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  • Brian @ Muir
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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

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  • Matt Matt
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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.

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  • furnman
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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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  • M.McKenna
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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.

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  • Joe Calhoon
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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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  • jgarrett forsberg
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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.

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  • M.McKenna
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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.

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  • wallace1973
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    That's in lovely condition. Everything over here nearly always gets covered in horrible green paint

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  • Camozy
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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

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  • jgarrett forsberg
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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.

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