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Bwags53

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11-18-2018 11:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer question

I just picked up a 985 Foley Belsaw for $100. It’s in great shape but the raise and lower is really hard to turn. I believe this was sitting for close to 2 years. Does anybody have any advice on how to fix this problem?


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Planeman40

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#1 posted 11-19-2018 03:49 PM

Just oil all of the moving parts. I have a Belsaw planer from the early 1970s. The basic design hasn’t changed since the 1930s/1940s so mine and yours should be the same inside. And yes, the hand crank that raises and lowers the table is normally a little hard to turn. The mechanism has a tight chain drive and four large screws in addition to the heavy bed to move. Its the way its made. Just grab that big handle/crank and crank ‘er around!

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#2 posted 11-19-2018 05:56 PM

Thanks for the response. I’m thinking that it’s stiffer than normal because it hasn’t been used in a while. I will continue to oil it and work it. Right now I have to use my body weight to turn it and that is to lower and raise it. I do feel like it has loosened up a little.

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#3 posted 11-20-2018 05:12 PM

It might also require cleaning the mechanism. Sawdust can get into the workings over time.

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

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