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Forum topic by Gary Scoville posted 06-23-2014 01:37 AM 966 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gary Scoville

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06-23-2014 01:37 AM

Hi everyone. I just received my new knives for my old Craftsman 306.233751, (it was made by Bellsaw) The planner was really never set-up from when I bought it from the seller. So I don’t know were to start. I did put the new knives in and set them, but now I need to set the in & out feed rollers and how to reference the cutting head. I have new inner & outer feed rollers, two new “Twist Link” belts, and the new knives. So, if anyone can help me with this set-up, I’d really be grateful. Thank you in advance.

-- Gary Torrington, CT

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#1 posted 06-23-2014 02:07 AM

Here’s the manual. I would hazard a guess you have already downloaded it.

I recently acquired a Belsaw 910 (same as the sears you have) but have not had to mess with any setup yet, and will be ordering the rollers soon also. Good luck with your endeavor.

Keep us informed if there is any “trick” to setting them up.

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#2 posted 06-23-2014 02:14 AM

AFAIK, that Craftsman is a re-branded version and identical to the Belsaw 910/912. The manual can be found here (at the Belsaw website) and has instructions for setting the knives and rollers as well as some other useful info.


Edit: Looks like Tom beat me to it :)

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#3 posted 06-23-2014 02:20 AM

I set my cutter head by running a board the through that had been jointed on one side already. I just measured both sides of the board in a couple spots to see if my cutter head was tilted, which it was by about .01 or so. All I could do on my was loosen the sprocket opposite the handle, raise/lower in the direction to adjust accordingly. Then tight the sprocket and run the board back through and measure till I got it pretty close which was .001-.004 along the length of the board and across the width of the planer. The rollers? Never tried adjusting. Hope this helps a hair.

Edit: my planer is not the same make model as yours.

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#4 posted 06-15-2016 03:42 PM

hi “theFridge”, I’m having adjustment problems as I believe you did when you replied to this post 2 years ago. My Belsaw 910 is planing thinner on one side. My first idea to adjust it the way I think you described doing, by loosening the sprockets on the lead screws on one side, then turning the screws until both sides are the same height, then retightening the sprockets.

Is this how you did it? Did it work, or do you know of a better way?


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