|Forum topic by Planeman40||posted 659 days ago||3594 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
659 days ago
Yesterday a friend and I finished up cutting up some hardwood logs (pear wood) and running the boards through my old (early 1970s) Craftsman 12” planer which is simply a Belsaw planer with a Craftsman nameplate. I have had this planer since I bought it new. In those days there were no thickness planers made for home workshop use other than a little 6” one and the 12” Belsaw. Belsaw advertised every month in Popular Mechanics and Popular Science magazines for many years so I was familiar with the brand name. Also, Belsaw planers have the appearance of a crudely made machine, but it was all that was available unless I wanted to pay out big bucks for a huge cast iron industrial monster that I couldn’t afford. Reluctantly, I bought a Belsaw and found to my surprise and delight that it worked beautifully! Now after 40 years of use I thought I should comment that it still works beautifully. I do take care of my machines and clean and lubricate them often.
So I thought I should say to all of you that are looking for a used 12” planer, don’t dismiss the Belsaw because of its looks. Its a good machine that holds up and does a nice job. I would love to hear comments here from other Belsaw owners.
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