I picked up this planer a few weeks ago along with several other pieces of equipment; it was what was left from a deceased cabinet maker’s shop. All the “little” stuff—hand tools, routers, bits, etc., had been pilfered and given away to friends and family, but nobody wanted to take the stationary equipment, which makes no sense to me. It sat in storage for eight years. His widow gave it all to me and actually thanked me for taking it and putting it to use again. I was stunned.
I’ll start a thread for each piece from it that I refurb. Some of it I sold to buy other tools; some I traded for tools I needed.
The first “refurb” is the Belsaw 9103, circa mid-70’s. From what I’ve read on line and at www.owwm.org, it’s a beast and a real workhorse. Parts are still available for it today, surprisingly enough. It was sold under many labels, including Craftsman. It came with motors ranging from 2 to 5 horses. The three cutter head apparently can hog off 1/8” at a time and ask for more. Dust collection is its weak spot, due to its open design, but there are some work arounds, like adding a hood across the exhaust. It won’t be as clean as my benchtop 13” Rigid, with its form-fitting plastic dust shroud, but it’ll be quieter and better, I think.
Here it is as I picked it up:
And just before I started tearing it down:
I was surprised at how simple this thing is to take apart. There aren’t many pieces or many bolts holding it together. I did find that the belt that drives the cutter head is shot beyond repair. The two motor belts appear to be fine. I’m not sure about the cutter head’s bearings, so I’ll replace them just to be safe. The rubber foam on the infeed roller is distorted badly, so I’ll replace that—it’s only available as a whole assembly, which is about $50. I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled the motor out, though. I was expecting the 2hp motor, but found it’s the 5hp monster.
More images to show its simplicity:
Here it is torn down to just the bed, stand, and columns:
I got the stand painted, along with a few other pieces, like the uprights (not shown) and the bottom of the table.
Once I figure out how to disassemble the cutter head I’ll continue on and post up more pics.
-- Semper fi, Brad