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
-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."