Sears 12" Planer/Molder - Model 306

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Forum topic by Deela40 posted 11-04-2015 10:01 PM 552 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-04-2015 10:01 PM

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I am considering the purchase of a used Sears 12” Planer/Molder – Model 306 for $500. It appears to be in good shape. Anyone have experience with this model or an idea if this is a good price?


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#1 posted 11-04-2015 10:34 PM

Without pictures.. no.

If it’s a 306.xxxxxx model, then it’s really a Belsaw (Foley-Belsaw Co.). Fantastic machines, built like a tank, but most people consider them a bit short on looks :)

A specific model and/or pictures would help greatly.


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#2 posted 11-04-2015 10:37 PM

This planer/molder was made by Belsaw. Google Belsaw planer molder and you should get a lot of info. I have one of these I bought new back in the 1970’s and it a great machine! I used to see ads for these machines in Popular Mechanics and Popular Science when I was a teenager back in the 1950’s. The design hasn’t changed hardly at all in 60 years! These things look somewhat antiquated and ungainly, but they are workhorses! And Belsaw is still around and making wood planers so some parts are available. All bearings, sprockets, and chains are available at most places that sell these kind of parts and there is very little to go wrong. I have had no problems with my machine after 40 years of use and it still works like a charm. With infeeed and outfeed extensions to the table there is no “snipe” to deal with like you hear about on the benchtop machines. Just be sure to keep the oilite bearings oiled with a light machine oil and all should be fine. $500 is about right for a good used machine. Maybe he’ll come down some though.


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#3 posted 11-04-2015 10:58 PM

Thanks for the advice so far. I have attached the pictures from the posting. Looks like the model is 306.23392.


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