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11-05-2011 11:58 PM

I want to upgrade my 3650 to a cabinet saw when I find a good deal on CL.

I found a Foley Belsaw table saw on CL, claims it is 20 amp, 2 1/2 hp motor wired at 220. I prefer nothing less than 3 hp but this saw pulls more amps then my 3 hp Grizzly shaper so I have to believe that it is at least or more then 3 hp.

Anyone heard of this saw?

Anyone know anything about this motor, is it closer in power to a 3 hp motor. I have reservation because my current saw is 1 1/2hp and I know saws with 2 hp motors are pretty much the same in strength as my current saw. But my current saw is 13 amps at 110.

I know about Belsaw planer/molding machines, never heard of the table saws but I would believe they are decent. Looks like a heavy saw.

Thanks for help.

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#1 posted 11-05-2011 11:59 PM

Oh yeah, and the fella is asking 300.00. I might be able to get it for 250.00. I am selling my 3650 to a guy working with me for only 200.00.

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#2 posted 11-06-2011 02:30 AM

Never heard of it. Seller may be confused.

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#3 posted 11-06-2011 02:51 AM

Never heard of it either, but 20 amp @ 230 volt in the code calculations is about 3.5 hp and 13 amps at 110 is .75 hp.

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#4 posted 11-06-2011 02:56 AM

They advertized in magazines, machines for making your own moldings…

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#5 posted 11-06-2011 03:41 AM

Yeah, I am familiar with Belsaw, I have seen several hit CL, but those have been planer/molders. Their planer/molder machines have a 5 hp motor so they do utilize decent sized motors.

Topa, I hoped you would chime in. I agree, although I am not an electrician so not really qualified to make that call. I do believe given the amps it is in the ball park in terms of power that I am looking for.

A long time ago I bought an older delta hybrid I thought was a Unisaw, my own ignorance. Turned out the saw was rated at 2 hp but had very similar amps as the 3650. When using the 2 hp saw it bogged down under similar cuts as the 3650 would bog down with so both had comparable power.

I will look into it. I am sure it will not be sold quickly and probably the fella will have to take less. The saw may be a strong table saw and a good deal but I think most will not even recognize what he saw even is. The saw does look solid, top is cast iron.

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#7 posted 11-06-2011 06:12 AM

OK Loren, I just have to say “Amazing” that you even found that tid bit of info. OK, so we can say it is definitely an older saw. But the add claims it as an 1 1/2 motor. Looks just like the one listed, or at very least very similar. But WoW… That is very cool that you were able to find that newspaper clip from yesteryear. I might still give it a look over and check more into it.

Loren, can you tell more, like what year that clipping is from and also if Belsaw is American made or not.

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#8 posted 11-06-2011 06:17 AM

Looked closer, looks like clippings from 1986 but the photography looked much older than that. Also, looks like the saw is from Kansas City, MO.

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#9 posted 11-06-2011 06:57 AM

The clipping is from 1986-7. There are articles in there talking about the advent of fuel injection and the 1987 redesign of the Ford F-150 LOL

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#10 posted 11-06-2011 05:12 PM

Belsaw is all American made. Their foray into making table saws was probably
not very successful. They probably wouldn’t have tried a few years later
because by then the flood of Pacific rim imports had started to push prices

Belsaw was known for their sawmill and later for the various planer/moulders
they made over the years. Also they did well making locksmithing and
sharpening equipment and selling “be your own boss” courses through
ads in the backs of manly magazines. Actually their whole marketing proposition
was based around the idea that the Belsaw equipment would pay for itself
quickly. I’m not sure you can make that argument for a table saw, but
for the planer/moulders, sawmills, key making machines and so forth it
was a credible claim.

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#11 posted 03-14-2015 04:04 PM

Any chance you purchased the tool? I am similarly finding one on CL and would love to hear how this worked out for you if you did?

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#12 posted 03-14-2015 04:35 PM

I never heard of a F/B cabinet saw, but I have a shop full of their sharpening equipment. It was heavy well made machines. The only machine I still use is their carbide grinder for saw blades; not great by modern day practice, but adequate during their time. If they did make a cabinet saw, I would suspect they were good, but not up to the standard of a Delta Unisaw.

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#13 posted 03-14-2015 04:39 PM

Any chance you purchased the tool?

LOL.. this thread was from 4 years ago, so I’m sure he has had plenty of time to make up his mind :)

But just because… here is one in the wild:



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#14 posted 03-14-2015 06:41 PM

The v-22 in there….......

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#15 posted 02-17-2016 03:42 AM

I have the same Foley table saw as in the Picture about 30 years now, its bees a great saw, I do wish I bought a Uni saw, but this saw has served me well for what I used it for, mostly home side projects. weekends projects , it cuts anything I shove in it , same motor as day one no problem in 30 years

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