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Forum topic by eric4716 posted 06-06-2017 11:55 PM 454 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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eric4716

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06-06-2017 11:55 PM

I have been looking for a new planer. Someone local has a Belsaw for sale. I have only recently heard about them. I currently have a Ryobi AP-12 benchtop planer. I haven’t had a chance to use it much. Mostly because I get a lot of snipe and washboard effect on the first 5” or so on boards. Should I try to get the Ryobi working right, or is it time to move onto something else? Not sure if I’m doing something wrong on the Ryobi, or if it needs some adjustments. Would the Belsaw be a good move?


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#1 posted 06-07-2017 12:16 AM

I had a Belsaw and regret selling it. Even though
the chip collection was terrible, it had a lot of
power (mine was 3hp) and consistency of
thicknessing (which reduces sanding of frame
corners).

I “traded up” to a 2hp Taiwan-made 15”
planer with way better chip collection, but
it doesn’t seem to have half the muscle the
Belsaw did.

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#2 posted 06-07-2017 01:20 PM

Belsaw is a great planer! I have had one for 40 years and it is still going strong with no problems. I love it! You do have to oil the feed bearings occasionally. And I have NO problem with “snipe”.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#3 posted 06-10-2017 03:37 PM

I went and looked at the Belsaw this morning. The model number is 9123. It’s not in as good of shape as I had hoped. Has a lot of surface rust that will need to be cleaned up. It will also need some wiring done to it and blades didn’t look that sharp. He also couldn’t find the crank handle. He was asking $250 but said that is negotiatable. So I couldn’t hear it run. Can these be wired to run on 110, or would a 110 motor run it? It has the 5hp motor on it. As it currently sits, what do you think its current value is or is it worth buying?


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#4 posted 06-10-2017 05:30 PM

That’s pretty rough. The surface rust wouldn’t
concern me, but it’s missing part of the switch.

It will run on any motor you put in it with
an appropriate pulley, but the main virtue of
the Belsaw is its powerful 220v motor and
that alone is worth at least $100.

Whether you want to mess with fixing it up
is another matter.

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Planeman40

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#5 posted 06-10-2017 06:46 PM

I agree with Loren. The switch can be replaced. No big problem. The crank handle can be made or most likely a cheap Harbor Freight socket wrench can be used. The crank is a much used thing as it adjusts the thickness of the cut. As to the blades, new ones are ready available and are inexpensive. Or, the ones it has can be resharpened. Don’t try to do it yourself. Send them out. Also, be SURE to cover the sharp blade edges with a few layers of masking tape while you are uninstalling and installing the blades. These things can give you a nasty gash!!

I would strongly recommend staying with the 220V 5 HP motor if it runs. For what you would pay for a 110V replacement you can get a 220V line run into the shop. Just tap off the washer/dryer circuit in your home and avoid using the washer/dryer and the planer at the same time. I have done this. I did the wiring myself. Its not difficult. Just make sure you do it to the electrical standard requirements of your area. 220V wiring is made up of just two 110V out of phase lines, thus two hot wires and a ground. Just be sure not to get any wires crossed. Check the wiring multiple times to make sure before plugging in.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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