Craftsman 12" Planer/Molder bargain?

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Forum topic by pmcustom posted 1242 days ago 4018 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Topic tags/keywords: craftsman planer molding molder trim 12 5hp knives

Does anyone have any experience with planer/molders? I found a 12” 5hp Craftsman for sale. It comes with several sets of planer knives and the original manual. What is a fair deal for this tool if it’s in good useable condition? What wear items should I look for when I inspect it before purchase? What about parts availability? I want to make hardwood molding for my house. Thanks for the info!

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#1 posted 1242 days ago

How old is the machine? Got a model number? 5hp is gonna require some serious 240 v power.


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#2 posted 1242 days ago

It’s the Craftsman 306.23395/Belsaw 985. I just found the manual and some info on, but haven’t read through it yet. What’s this planer worth, assuming it’s in good serviceable condition? Thanks!

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#3 posted 1242 days ago

I’d be most worried about the availability of parts. I bought a used commercial shaper (a very ugly one) to make some molding in my old house, then sold it for $50 less than I paid for it. I was completely unable to find production molding bits and had them custom fabricated at a very high price ($350 for one bit if I remember correctly). If you’re strictly doing molding (and not planing), you might look for an older shaper with less power and no planer. A 5HP is going to draw bigtime. Good luck!

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