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Offline Mad Professor

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Foley Belsaw planer/molder
« on: November 06, 2008, 08:14:49 PM »
I found a Foley Belsaw planer/molder for sale.  The capacity is 12 3/4 X 6 1/2 ", 5 HP/220V motor.  It also has a optional ripsaw and dust collector attachments.

Has anybody used/have one of these??? If so, any comments about it and what would be a fair price.  It appears to be in good condition.

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Re: Foley Belsaw planer/molder
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2008, 09:02:10 PM »
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Re: Foley Belsaw planer/molder
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2008, 11:36:42 PM »
If I am not mistaken, that is pretty much the same machine as the woodmaster planer molder.  Click on Timberking to the left and you should be able to get to their website.  I have their 18" machine.  I have not used it heavily, but it is a well built machine and I am sure that it will serve me well.

I don't really know what would be a fair price.  If it is in really good shape, I would not go more than half the cost of a new one.  Less would be better ;D
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Re: Foley Belsaw planer/molder
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2008, 11:48:48 PM »
MP, I have one of those, as do several other members.  I got mine for $225 with no attachments, a 1hp 115v motor, and worn out rollers and knives.  A set of rollers and knives set me back another $140, but I'm pleased with the machine as it now sits.  It does such a nice job with that little 1hp motor, I don't know what you need 5hp for.  Of course, if that comes with it, so much the better. ;) :)
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Re: Foley Belsaw planer/molder
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2008, 03:13:42 AM »
I don't think they have a variable speed drive as the Woodmaster does. This can come in handy for molding. My neighbor just sold one for $275 with a 5 HP motor.
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Re: Foley Belsaw planer/molder
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2008, 04:09:54 PM »
I also have one but it is just Belsaw, I think the company has changed many times.  I use it extensivley.  My only complaint is that it is hard to get the feed to work well as the blades get shorter from sharpening.  You have to get the projection height for the blade correct.  The motor is probably a baldor and is pricey, but the machines can be had for less than $300.  BTW it works well as a molder.
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Re: Foley Belsaw planer/molder
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2008, 11:14:53 AM »
Used one for years in my cabinet shop- it was 3 hp.
No problems that I recall that weren't my fault anyway.
I sold it finally because everything was worn out including the threads in the table raising mechanism- might want to check that.....
Wood master has made them a bit different with steel frames instead of the cast Belsaw frame, also changed the feed system.
I assume that woodmaster rolls are the same, bearuings probably not but they are simple bronze that could be fabricated. the belts, chains and sprockets are pretty common items as are the blades.
2-300 bucks seems about right
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Re: Foley Belsaw planer/molder
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2008, 01:49:21 AM »
 




Is this the same planer that you are referring to? I picked this 12 one up for the best price of all, however it has a 5 hp 3 phase motor on it. I found a four hp single phase 220 motor for it for $50.00.
I need to find out how fast the planer knives should be turning so I can get the correct chive for it. Any one have any ideas on this?
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Re: Foley Belsaw planer/molder
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2008, 10:37:03 AM »
I believe knife-cuts-per-inch is what you want to shoot for, depending on the species you are planing.
There is a good machining booklet out by E.M. Davis....

http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/usda/tb1267.pdf
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Re: Foley Belsaw planer/molder
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2009, 12:03:43 PM »
I have owned a Belsaw planer for over 30 years and have NO complaints. The last couple of years I have only used it to make molding as I have a larger planer. Some parts are still available online @ belsaw.com. They are in California now.


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