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Forum topic by taxque posted 04-27-2017 09:43 PM 248 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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taxque

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04-27-2017 09:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: belsaw foley belsaw molder planer variable speed

Foley Belsaw owners – have any of you converted your machines for variable feed speed? I was looking last week at how a pulley connected to the planer head drives the gears and sprockets that control the rollers which control feed speed. It looks as if there is plenty of room to add a small dc motor and belt to drive the pulley. Am I missing something or is this an easy add on?

-- G Heard


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#1 posted 04-28-2017 01:31 PM

My question is “why”? I have had a Belsaw planer for 40 years now and see no good reason for a variable feed.

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#2 posted 04-28-2017 04:05 PM

I just do plantation shutter louvers on my – I run two sets of louvers at a time. I also have a Woodmaster set up the same way. I commonly run 5 species of wood. I can run 2.5” lovers all 5 species on withe machine. When i jump to 3” – 4.5” – I can only run that in tandem on the WM. I can do it with Poplar and basswood on the Foley but not the other woods. I slow down my feed rate on the WM and I can run any wood type up to 4.5 louvers. I figure it would be cheaper adding variable speed to a Belsaw I already have versus buying another WM.

-- G Heard

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#3 posted 04-28-2017 04:28 PM

Well explained.

Sounds like you like the performance of your Belsaw planer as much as I do. And its ungainly appearing “retro” construction does lend itself to easy repairs using off-the shelf parts and modification as you are trying to do.

I am also an amateur machinist and I think what you are asking is certainly doable. Search the surplus places online. They usually have electric gearmotors in various sizes and types. Bearing & drive supply stores should have belts, gears, and pulleys for whatever you need. Variable speed would be nice, but this would require a gearmotor that had it which would be expensive or the use of a DC gearmotor with some sort of electronic control. Good luck on the project. Please report back here and let us know how it went.

Planeman

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#4 posted 04-28-2017 08:37 PM

I have all the parts in hand. I am going to use a treadmill motor to turn the pulley which is turn connected to the cutter head. I plan on mounting mounting underneath and using a DC speed controller. I may have to remove a little metal underneath for belt clearance. I think I will go ahead and replace the dual belts with a link belt while I am at it.

-- G Heard

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#5 posted 04-28-2017 08:55 PM

A treadmill motor! Great idea!

I was offered a free treadmill that had been damaged and took the motor and motor controls off it a couple of years ago. I am still looking for something suitable to use it on. Sounds like you have this project well thought out.

Planeman

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