Wadkin Bursgreen AGS10 Restoration #1: Wadkin Bursgreen AGS10 Restoration

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Blog entry by Tyrone D posted 01-31-2012 08:39 AM 6046 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I picked up a Wadkin Bursgreen AGS10 10” Table Saw for 400 dollars today, an excellent deal.

As you can see from the pictures, it isn’t in perfect condition but that will soon be changed. My goal is to make the saw look just as good as when it rolled off the factory floor. It will take a lot of work, but it’ll be worth it. This saw will be my family heirloom.
The quality of this saw is amazing. On the upper part of the base, the cast iron is 5/8” thick! The phrase “they don’t make them like they used to” comes to mind. The saw was made before 63’. The base design is evidence of that.

There is one flaw; a crack in the left extension wing.

I’m really not too concerned about it but I’d like to get it fixed. It does not affect the performance of the saw in any way. I plan on having it brazed. My grandfather is a retired machinist and most likely knows how to do this. I also know quite a few welders.

The motor is 2HP 3 Phase. I plan to convert my power using a VFD or replace the motor with a 3 or 5HP single phase. It all depends on what’s available used when I get the money. If I replace the motor, I can use the 3Phase motor with a static converter on a drum sander I plan on building.

The saw will be completely mobile. The outfeed table will be a folding type with two legs, the machine will be on a Shop Fox Super Heavy-Duty Mobile Base and the extension table will be on a Shop Fox Extension Kit.

To do list:
-Biesemeyer Fence and Rails electroplated with white
-Cabinet painted with hammered green paint
-Extension table
-Outfeed table
-Rust removed from table
-Dust collection optimized
-Fix the crack in the extension wing
-Purchase shop fox mobile bases

It will approximately take 2-3 months. I give it that deadline due to a short in the cash department and the lack of proper painting area. Damned snow and rain.

Hopefully that covers everything. I’ll keep updating this blog series as the saw progresses.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#1 posted 01-31-2012 03:28 PM

Great Score! I’ll be following your blog to see project progress. Good Luck!

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#2 posted 01-31-2012 03:47 PM

A tank of a saw! Really nice. It looks like that crack is on the left wing (?); shouldn’t be much of a big deal. I can’t wait to see this one.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Tyrone D

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 08:20 PM

Bertha, the crack is on the left wing which is why it isn’t a big deal. Regardless of its location, I’d like to get it brazed to prevent the crack from becoming larger.

I might scrap the electroplated paint on the fence and rails. I’d imagine the paint would rub off anyways. I think I have a can of white Krylon or Rust-O-Leum spray in my shop.

As far as the colour, I’ve read that Hammerite Mid-Green is a very close match. I also read they’ve discontinued it.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#4 posted 02-01-2012 10:30 AM

I’ve primed the Biesemeyer Fence and Rails. When I wake up tomorrow I will be painting them with a white semi-gloss. The cabinet should hopefully be painted on Friday. The problem is finding the paint. I’m going to call a bunch of places tomorrow.
I’m going to be removing the trunnion to paint it. While the trunnion is removed, I can drill and tap the holes for the dust shroud.

I’ve found another item that needs attention. The drive belts are worn. They are cracked in multiple places. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are the original belts. There’s three of them and they are about 1’ long. I’m going to replace them with the Power Twist Link belt.

I’ll be making a new blog entry tomorrow after the rails are painted.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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