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Sears 306 Planer/Moulder problem

by LG9599
posted 11-28-2018 09:13 PM

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#1 posted 11-28-2018 09:40 PM

There is an owners manual on E BAY That’s likely the best place to start.

Otherwise Don over at Time Tested Tools has a blog about the model and may be along to help

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#2 posted 11-28-2018 10:28 PM

First thing to do with any newly purchased old machine is determine exactly what you have (manufacturer, model number, date made, etc….) and then find a manual/parts diagram for it. I imagine what you have is actually a Belsaw 910 or 912 with a Craftsman badge on it, and if so, the manual can be found here:

However Belsaw / Foley made many different machines for Sears – so figuring out what you have is your first step.


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#3 posted 11-28-2018 10:42 PM

Belsaw has a table with the equivalent Craftsman/Belsaw versions here:

They’re still around, and sell replacement parts.

FWIW, 306 is Sears manufacturer number for Belsaw. The model number is the part after 306.

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#4 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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#5 posted 12-01-2018 11:09 PM

Thank you. I will play around with it some more tomorrow. I did have it feeding the lumber through, but maybe I just didn’t tighten it down far enough.

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