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#1 posted 11-29-2018 12:20 PM

That is a Belsaw planer sold with the Sears name. The basic design hasn’t changed since WW-2, just the outside shell design. I have an older one from the 1970’s and its a great planer!

You say ”it pulls the lumber into the rollers, but the knives never make contact”. This tells me that you have raised the table by turning the height crank handle until the feed rollers begin moving the board through. At this point some heavy duty springs come into play that apply pressure on the rollers to move the board through. That is when you stopped cranking the table up. You need to continue cranking (yes, it gets harder) until you hear the cutting blades touch the wood. This will be obvious. At this point you will start cutting into the wood. More cranking will deepen the cut. Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it.

Be sure to keep the roller bearings oiled. There is a depression in the oilite bronze bearings to apply the oil. A little oil on the chain helps too. You have an excellent planer. You will enjoy it.

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