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Forum topic by lumberdad1980 posted 08-03-2017 11:04 PM 392 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lumberdad1980

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08-03-2017 11:04 PM

Have the opportunity to get a belsaw 9103 planer for $300. It runs and appears in good shape. The feed wheels however aren’t completely smooth. Not sure how to tell if they are bad. Anyhow it’s a big machine uses 220v.

I’m torn in getting the belsaw verses a used DeWalt or new Wen or a rigid.

One of the considerations is if a new lunch box planer is strong enough to plane lignum vitae.

Anybody have any wisdom or insight?


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Loren

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#1 posted 08-03-2017 11:12 PM

Belsaw planers work really well. Most have
either 3 or 5hp motors and they can really
take a big bite when needed. Dust collection
is a weak point.

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lumberdad1980

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#2 posted 08-04-2017 03:00 AM

Do you know how hard the blades are to change on the belsaw?

Is there a special magnetic tool you need that is specific to the belsaw?

Thanks

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Loren

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#3 posted 08-04-2017 03:11 AM

Belsaw sells a knife setting gauge but if
its anything like the gauge that came
with my Belsaw, I’d spend a few more
bucks and buy a pair of Planer Pals.

A dial indicator mounted on some sort
of armature can also be adapted.

As I recall the Belsaw has set screws that
register against the back of the knife. The
knives can still creep during gib-screw
tightening but the set screws do help.

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#4 posted 08-04-2017 04:22 AM

From experience working with Lignum Vitae – it ain’t going to happen with any of your choices :(

That stuff is like working with stone. But for most everything else, I’d go with the Belsaw hands down over any of the lunchbox planers. Built like a tank, nice quiet induction motor, no plastic bits anywhere, and will last forever.

Curious as to where you are getting the lignum vitae though – it’s pretty rare stuff now. I have a small hunk that I saved from back in the 70’s, and I can’t bring myself to cut it up:


(Approx ~7” in diameter, ~3” high and weighs almost 4 pounds)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Planeman40

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#5 posted 08-04-2017 12:52 PM

Go with the Belsaw! I have had one for 40 years and its still going strong! Its a workhorse!

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

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#6 posted 08-04-2017 03:01 PM

A good lunchbox planer will plane whatever a larger planer will, provided the material isn’t too wide or too long. It is just a lot slower and louder. I used a lunchbox planer for many years and I didn’t encounter any situations where a bigger planer was necessary. I have a large jointer/planer combo machine now but I wish I had held on to the lunchbox as well. It is easier to make precision thickness cuts (+/- 0.005”) with it. The big planer has a minimum cut depth at which it works well.

Edit: Over 40 years ago, my best friend’s Dad had a Belsaw planer that I used a good bit. It was a powerful machine and worked well but it had a tendency to snipe pretty badly.

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Planeman40

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#7 posted 08-05-2017 02:04 PM

The “sniping” on the Belsaw is most likely due to (1) the bed extensions missing that should come with the saw or (2) long boards not being supported on the infeed/outfeed. I have never had a problem with sniping with my Belsaw. The Belsaw has heavy duty spring-loaded infeed and outfeed rollers that may lift if enough upward pressure is applied to them. I have never experienced this though. But I think a long unsupported board may be enough to do it. Sniping is most likely caused by poor use of the machine.

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

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