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01-19-2015 03:58 PM

Looking for some feedback on a Foley Belsaw Moulder /Planer 12” not sure of the model made maybe in the 80’s. I want to use it for moulding only. I have a 15 ” planer also looking to use this for making Tongue/ Groove flooring in my house. I was told maybe difficult finding smooth back knifes? Most are corrugated for these units? I can buy this planer for 250.00 its in good working condition 5hp single phase 12”. Like I said just want to use it for moulding only. I have a 3hp shaper no power feeder yet but wanted to try the Belsaw any input would be of great help.

Thanks Bob

-- Bob,WV


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#1 posted 01-19-2015 05:05 PM

Great machines. Not suited to good dust collection but other
than that they work really well. Knives are easy to find. Look
on ebay for knife bargains.

http://www.mouldingknives.com

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#2 posted 01-19-2015 05:47 PM

I agree with Loren. You should buy it quick, the deal is very good.

The dust collection could me modified by u in order to make it efficient and work.

I would definitely buy it.

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#3 posted 01-19-2015 06:23 PM

Thanks for the reply I am going Saturday to pick it up. He says it works great he has three planers debated on selling this one but letting it go.

-- Bob,WV

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#4 posted 01-19-2015 11:13 PM

Hopefully he will hold it for you. If he stated he will hold it then that would be great. If you get the planer, then congrats. I cut one small piece of molding today for a solid maple table top I have, only needed 36” of the molding. I cut 48” total. Did not take all that long, the cut was perfect and clean. Sure glad I did not have to make the 45 minute trip into town to get a 96” piece of molding that I only needed 36” of. It is more of a luxury for us. Actually we buy most of our moldings which tends to make good economical sense most of the time, but just having the capability in the shop is nice.

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#5 posted 01-19-2015 11:24 PM

I have one of their combination 8” jointer/planer/moulders. The planer function works well, and any knife maker can grind out knives for you.

+1 on the impossibility of dust collection.

It is by far the loudest machine in my shop.

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#6 posted 01-19-2015 11:30 PM

Our woodmaster 12” has great DC and it looks almost identical to the Belsaw planer. There might be something under the hood on the Belsaw that I am missing, but with our planer, I have a rectangular access cutout on the very top of the hood. That opening allows easy access to the cutter head for changing knives without ever having to remove the bulky hood. I then fabricated a dust collection port out of 3/4” ply with a blast gate that covers that cut out access.

I am just wonder, after you get the machine, if you might be able to cut a cut out very similar to what my machine has and then just incorporate your own DC port. It is very easy to do, at least on mine.

I know running our woodmaster without DC really is not good because of how fast it can clog up with shavings, so I cannot really imagine running without DC.

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#7 posted 01-20-2015 12:00 AM

Hey that sounds good Jerry about The DC. I offered to send him a deposit he said no its first come first serve and I am first. His parents live about and hour from me he said he may go there this week if he does I could pick it up there. He lives three hours from me either way I will be a happy wood maker when I have it. We have our own saw mill here on the farm I live on. Want to build a solar kiln this spring and dry some lumber. This will be a nice addition to my wood shop for sure.

-- Bob,WV

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#8 posted 04-24-2015 07:58 PM

This is the exact machine I picked up late last fall. I paid 450.00 and it came with over 30 knives, & enough gibbs for 10 more machines. 2 different knife setting gauges, and a awesome brand new Rosette Cutter with 3 different brand new knife patterns. Many of the molding knives are for 5 1/2 wide Victorian casings, 3 1/2” colonial casing and 41/2” colonial base. I looked up the cost and the baseboard knife is 95.00. I think I did okay. I see many going for half of this, but the knife cost is still up there even if used. Anyways my question, which I think falls into this forum, as there is so many on these machines. I posted yesterday on a different forum here on Lumberjocks about changing the knives. I couldn’t get them out. I found on a other site, which made me feel pretty stupid, but had them all out in 3 minutes. Tap down on the gibes with a small punch. They popped right out. For those of you who think your blades are rusted in as I did, a snap of the fingers and out they came. QUESTION? The knives I took out I believe are out of life. Measuring just over 9/16’s. So I would like to buy a second set. The ones I’m putting in are new. I’m looking for input as to if it is worth the extra cost to invest in carbide knives? Has anyone out there done so? I’ve been told that they chip easy and are brittle. Also evryone claims their knives are the best HSS. There is M2 V2, on and on. what is the best HSS for use on a planer like this or any planer for that matter? Thank you. Looking forward to hearing back.

-- KRT

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