Ok Ladies and gents….. This is my latest find. I picked this up from an old fella in Kentucky about a week and a half ago. Its a 2hp 220v, 12” model. For starters, it runs great, looks a little rough,(but beauty is only skin deep) is heavy metal and best part of all…. I can’t find ANY information on this machine with the exception of a 2 page description from the 40’s (i’m guessing) on Belsaw’s web site.
I gave them a call because I was hoping that maybe they still had some parts of some sort available or an actual manual available but they really seemed baffled when I called them asking about it. The issue: SNIPE. The problem is one of the 2 bed rollers has had a defective bearing on one end which had caused play and thus SNIPE towards the end of the cut. SO, like any one of us would do, I found new bearings and i went and got some cold roll steal and called up my buddy that has a metal lathe to assist me in making new rollers.
Does anyone out there have one out there have one of these machines or am I the only person on the planet with one??? I would like to pick a brain or two on some of the spring adjustments. The feed roller has a lot of pressure and the ridges indent softer wood. I would just release some tension but there are a couple other devices that seem to push the material and I don’t wanna hose myself too bad because it actually cuts well.
I took a little time to clean it up and go through the gears and get the 60 years of grease out. it run smooth and is about 80% quieter than ANY newer portable planer I have heard. I will post some pic’s of when I brought it home and some from after the cleaning.
All input is welcomed.
Of course I had to play with it a little bit when I got it home!
The BELSAW name plate is damaged, I would be interested if some one out there had one.
And after a little cleaning….
OK, after A LOT of cleaning…..
I haven’t done any work on the hood yet in hopes I can find a close color match.
-- --- Chad Franklin, IN ---