Here is a list of all the postings Les Batten has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Cedric's bandsaw|
Hi Cedric, I know your post is a few years old but just found it whilst searching for stuff made by Willow Tools.
I was an apprentice at Willow Tools West Molesey Surrey from 1966 to 1971 and spent many hours building the bandsaws and various other small machines that Willow produced. They were also toolmakers and engineers to major companies like Vickers, Hawker Siddeley, amongst many others.
I don’t believe your bandsaw was originally made as it looks in the photo, the Hoover motor used to sit at the left hand corner and the drive belt ran horizontally. The frame was cast alloy, made by another local company and the cover was fibre glass, again made elsewhere. Usually the saw was bolted to a bench by the customers.
When I was 18 I was sent to Dublin for the RDS Spring Show where Willow had a stand displaying all their products Nice to see one of the saws still going, brings back good memories .
Hope this is of interest regards Les Batten
Want the latest issue of The Woodworker & Good Woodworking? Use our magazine locator links to find your nearest stockist!
We're always happy to hear from you, so feel free to get in touch!