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Building My Work Shop #8: Belsaw Molder Planer or Another Craigslist Bargain

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Blog entry by Crushgroovin posted 12-14-2010 09:51 AM 3401 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As some of you may know I like to browse craigslist from time to time. Mostly in the morning during the two or three hours it takes to get my body to the point where I can walk without too much pain. Well while browsing for Planers I happened upon a 5 HP single phase Belsaw Molder Planer. The add said it was in working condition but needed some work, the guy was moving shops and didn’t want to move it so it could be had for $300. Now that got me curious about what kind of work it needed so I sent the guy a quick e-mail asked him what was going on with it. I included that I had rebuilt a 30 year old Jet Bandsaw & Shopsmith so I was serious about it at the right price.

Boom an hour later he calls. Tells me that some idiot in his shop started it up without securing the blades and the inside got trashed. Hearing that I started to fade out but then he said “But I fixed all of that so there are all new gears rollers and guts, the only thing that needs fixing is the kickback guard and the hinges on the top” I brightened up significantly!! But that’s not all, what he said next floored me “Really I just want to get this out of here, I’d take a hundred bucks for it really” BOING!!!!!!!!!!

What’s your address I will be by in an hour! LOL

Yep so that is the story about how I got a Powermatic/Belsaw Molder 12” Planer Molder for $100. True I will likely be sinking some more money into it for molder blades but hell man ya just can’t beat that deal.

Not knowing exactly what this machine was the wife was upset about me spending $100 today. So I had to appease She Who Shall Be Obeyed, I sold my Shopsmith Telescoping extension legs that I have never used for 70 bucks. LOL I didn’t mention that I was already planning on selling them ;)

I would be GREATLY interested in hearing from anyone who knows anything about the capabilities of this machine. I bought it because my Harbor Freight Thickness Planer Sucks. But browsing the owners manual I see that it is a bit more than your standard planer. But really I am such a novice I don’t even know what I don’t know! LOL We have all been there at one time haven’t we. ;)

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!



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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 12-14-2010 11:07 AM

Great, and a true political tactic employed.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sawdust2

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#2 posted 12-14-2010 01:22 PM

Aren’t these the folks that advertise that you can make a fortune selling custom made molding?

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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REME

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#3 posted 12-14-2010 04:32 PM

That machine makes custom mouldings. You can have knives made to your design (bout 150 bucks) and make your own moulding. It s great if you work on older homes and want to match existing moulding that isnt in production anymore. Nice Score, Me jealous

-- - Mike

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kevinw

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#4 posted 12-14-2010 06:11 PM

I have a sears planer that was made by Belsaw. It works but has roller issues, so I will be interested to hear what you find out about it. I haven’t been able to figure out what to do about mine. How did the guy know how to change the rollers and where did he get them?

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#5 posted 12-14-2010 07:00 PM

we need pictures my friend.

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Crushgroovin

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#6 posted 12-14-2010 09:22 PM

Thanks for all of the responses!!! I will get some pictures up just as soon as I get this behemoth out of my rig. It is a a 2 man job so it won’t be until later today.

For parts and knife purchases you can go to www.BELSAW.com LOL yep amazing. They have information on there about the Sears model.

I did quite a bit of research last night. I am going to get a set of HSS planer knives and a thickness sander attachment. I don’t think I will be running out and buying any molder knives, maybe a set of tongue and groove would be nice, or crown molding maybe.. I may however put an add on cragslist offering custom molding 4 hire. There are plenty of old homes in Seattle and more and more people are getting into “Do it Yourself” now that the economy is really hurting everyone. I know that molding can be a tough one.

Watch for pictures in a few hours!

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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Crushgroovin

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#7 posted 12-14-2010 09:39 PM

KevinW

Here is a link to a pdf that lists a Roller Repair kit

http://belsaw.com/k-cat_pdf/Profile_p14.pdf

Hope that helps!

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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