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Author Topic: WADKIN "XE-446" 5 head moulder needing any information available  (Read 277 times)

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WADKIN "XE-446" 5 head moulder needing any information available
« on: December 28, 2017, 01:35:37 AM »

Anyone know anything about a WADKIN "XE-446" 5 head moulder. I can't find anything on the internet for some reason but that is the model on the side of the machine. It has digital readouts and looks really clean.

Any information would be appreciated.

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Re: WADKIN "XE-446" 5 head moulder needing any information available
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2017, 04:24:38 AM »

The horses mouth, so to speak. One thing about Wadkin: if they built it they'll back it (well for the first 50 or so years, older then that they might have parts in stock). Kick them an email - they'll sort you out.

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Re: WADKIN "XE-446" 5 head moulder needing any information available
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2017, 04:43:12 AM »
Wadkin went bust a few years ago there is a new company in the UK that has the old drawings etc and can make parts to order but not whole machines
I run a XE220 machine must be about twenty years old now it goes well no plans to change it
The XE series was made on a GS series chassis ( the small slow planer) with high speed jointed spindles outriger bearings etc off the XJ series  so it could run at higher feed speed (100 feet per minute)
so it is a sort of compromise between the fast to set up slow to run GS and the more complicated to set up but faster to run XJ
I don't think there was a XE446 generally the numbers refer to how wide timber it can take ie my XE220 can take a 220 millimeter wide board 


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