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Forum topic by derrick3636 posted 09-03-2016 07:05 PM 633 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-03-2016 07:05 PM

I’ve been in the market for a planer. It seems like Woodmaster is a reputable brand. Everything seems to be in working order. I’m not sure on the back story, but I know a daughter is selling it for her elderly father.

All I know so far is that Woodmaster no longer supports it, but a company called RBI had/has the rights to it. The manual is available online, and I assume parts are still somewhat available.

What I like is that as a planer, it seems like a pretty simple machine. Easy to diagnose/fix problems. As a molder, I have no idea. That isn’t an area that I have even looked into. If I’m ever at a point where I need some molding, I guess the versatility would be nice.

Should I avoid this purchase?

Any help would be great.

Thank you

Derrick


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#1 posted 09-03-2016 07:48 PM

Buy it. Great machine.

Great planer, meh dust collection. Easy to adjust
and repair. Moulding knives are cheap on ebay
and available from Belsaw.

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#2 posted 09-03-2016 09:34 PM

Sounds perfect. I’ll head over to take a look in a bit.

Thanks for the info!!

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#3 posted 09-03-2016 10:13 PM

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#4 posted 09-04-2016 04:34 AM

Well, here it is. The seller fired it up for me and there were no odd sounds. Nothing looked out of the ordinary. There are a few pieces of harware that need to be cleaned up, but everything is in working order.

He gave me what I assume are 7 sets of knives. I’ll have to read more about the moulder side of things so I know what I have.

I got everything for $200, which is under what I had budgeted for a planer. If I over spent, or anything like that will remain to be seen. Right now I’m happy with the purchase.

I’ll post more pics in the near future.

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#5 posted 09-04-2016 02:05 PM

dang good deal!

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#6 posted 09-04-2016 02:11 PM

Under all of that pretty sheet metal exterior is the famous Belsaw planer that has been around since the early 1950s or maybe earlier. I have a Belsaw planer I bought back in the 1970s. It has been a great planer for the past 40 years and I love it! Works great and never a moments trouble. As you said, its simple and straight forward. It does the job and keeps on going! And its simple to repair with most running parts industry standard bearings & drive that are available off the shelf from a bearings and drives retailer. Belsaw parts are plentiful and you don’t have to worry about special parts that won’t be available should the model change or the manufacturer stop making them. The design and construction of the machine hasn’t changed for 60 years!!!

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#7 posted 09-04-2016 02:16 PM

You came out smelling like a rose on that one. my great uncle has one, he’s had the same experience as planeman40

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#8 posted 09-04-2016 04:28 PM



Under all of that pretty sheet metal exterior is the famous Belsaw planer that has been around since the early 1950s or maybe earlier. I have a Belsaw planer I bought back in the 1970s. It has been a great planer for the past 40 years and I love it! Works great and never a moments trouble. As you said, its simple and straight forward. It does the job and keeps on going! And its simple to repair with most running parts industry standard bearings & drive that are available off the shelf from a bearings and drives retailer. Belsaw parts are plentiful and you don t have to worry about special parts that won t be available should the model change or the manufacturer stop making them. The design and construction of the machine hasn t changed for 60 years!!!

Planeman

- Planeman40


This is good to hear. I’ve been on the hunt for a good planer for a while now, but my budget has been the limiting factor.

I’m somewhat familiar with Belsaw planers. I lost out on a free one(minus the motor) 2 weeks ago. There are a handful for sale near, but they were a bit more expensive than this one.

This just kind of fell into my lap.


You came out smelling like a rose on that one. my great uncle has one, he s had the same experience as planeman40

- jwmalone

Awesome. It seems like a stout machine. I’m excited about it.

Thanks everyone.

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