Belsaw 9103 Planer help

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Forum topic by sampbellhart posted 03-24-2014 10:12 PM 1401 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2014 10:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: belsaw planer restoration question planer adjustment planer cutterhead

I recently purchased a Belsaw 9103 planer. I’m not sure what year it was manufactured but the previous owner included a Belsaw catalog from the early ‘90s with it. It’s in relatively good shape as far as I can tell but definitely needs some cleaning, rust removal, and adjusting. This is my first major tool purchase and I’m looking for some advice from anyone who has worked with these machines. Specifically, I’m looking for some direction in determining what parts I should be looking at for potential problems/parts in need of adjustments. I’ve read people talking about the cutterhead bearings, belt to the cutterhead pulley, and feed rollers as issues. The rubber on the rollers seems in reasonable shape but I’m not sure how to determine if the bearings and belt are in good shape? Before I started braking the machine down to clean it, I ran a few boards through it and got decent results for a machine that hasn’t seen use in years, but I definitely was not getting a perfect surface coming out. Anyways, any direction would be much appreciated. Maybe it would be best for me to just sharpen and reset the knives, run some boards, see what issues I have and diagnose from that point? Thanks!

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#1 posted 03-24-2014 10:29 PM

Before you tear it down, i would clean it up and run some material through it. A picture would be great. Clean beds are the most important thing with these. Both of mine I made a laminated insert to cover the be to make it as smooth as possible. These machines are very simple and generic, as far as parts they never really changed much. Unless the knives are just trashed I would run with them and try to find the bugs. This is the place to go for anything you need

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#2 posted 03-25-2014 10:11 PM

Thanks for the reply. I’ll get things running and troubleshoot from there.

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#3 posted 03-25-2014 11:09 PM

Wire brush the bed or otherwise de-rust it. Then coat with
paste wax and buff. The machines don’t feed particularly
well unless the bed is reasonably slick.

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