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  • #31

    Re: Wadkin Mechanical Woodworker 1897.

    That one sold in Melbourne in 2011.
    WX119 from memory, it still comes up if you google grays auctions pattern mill.
    If it was the smaller I might be tempted but a WX is a monster unless you really need it.
    I doubt he’ll get much for it at all.
    H.

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    • #32

      Re: Wadkin Mechanical Woodworker 1897.

      Originally posted by J Vann View Post
      Enquiries so far suggest that some machinery from the Kilbirnie workshop of the Wellington Tramway was gifted to an African country, several years ago.
      Possibly Malawi.

      Here's part of a column from the Evening Post (a Wellington newspaper) dated 18th March 1929 describing the new tram workshop.

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      The relevant part to this thread is "...Some of the metal and wood working plant has been brought over from the Newtown shops, but a greater proportion is new and right up to the minute. A universal wood worker, for instance, will do the work of half a dozen of the old type machines..." Although I know better than to trust a newspaper report, this suggests to me that their Mechanical Woodworker was new in 1929.

      I don't know if they still made the old curvy one in the 1920s?

      Cheers, Vann.

      Proud member of the Wadkin Blockhead Club.

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      • #33

        Re: Wadkin Mechanical Woodworker 1897.

        I have a theory about the original mechanical woodworker. When the company was dissolved in 1906 and wadkin and King left to do their own thing and Goddard and Jarvis took over the running of wadkin & co. Wadkin and king created their own version of the machine and it became the miller as we know. Wadkin died in 1918 I think and then wadkin &co bought his company wadkin mills in 1921. I have yet to see a woodworker in a catalogue, I have a tooling catalogue. I have seen millers in early catalogues from the 20's
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        • #34

          Re: Wadkin Mechanical Woodworker 1897.

          I’m pretty sure Cam has 2 small cattledogs from NZ, one has the miller the other the mechanical Woodworker.
          I spoke to him just last week and he’s off to do the Canada Alaska trip as we speak.
          Ill have a look thru old posts of his for those pics.
          H.

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          • #35

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              Cheers, Vann.
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              • #37

                Re: Wadkin Mechanical Woodworker 1897.

                thank you for posting
                everyone knows real machines are 3 phase. Founding member of the Wadkin blockhead club

                jack
                English machines

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                • #38

                  Re: Wadkin Mechanical Woodworker 1897.

                  Originally posted by jgarrett forsberg View Post
                  thank you for posting
                  It's something that every temple should have .

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

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