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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 12-01-2012 01:59 PM

+1 cabmaker and +1 huff. I almost bought a second one just to avoid change over time. Don’t get a light weight planer like the portables. This machine is as critical to any shop as a table saw, so you don’t want to compromise any more than the Belsaw already is. You will appreciate its mass.
Bad rollers are not a deal breaker. They are easy to replace and I think I priced some for mine at $18 apiece, but that was a while ago. The rollers don’t have to be perfect to work adequately either. Unless the rubber is torn more than 25% of the way across, you’re probably gonna be OK for a while.
These machines mostly use consumable parts readily available at a good hardware, farm supply, or woodworking store. I’ve owned my machine for 35 plus years, replaced the rollers once, and am on the second set of blades. It sees hundreds of bd ft per month and if you are careful to distribute feed wear (like any planer or sander) things will last a long, long time. I’m offering to sharpen those blades for you for shipping costs if they need it. I’ve learned that you can stone the blades in place several times before removing them. They are a pain to reset without a special gauge that measures protrusion. But that is the trade off for being able to extend the blades until there is safety to consider.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL One should always prefer the probable impossible to the improbable possible.

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