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Here's a planer I recently finished. I found this at an auction for 60 bucks! It is an old Craftsman which is actually a Belsaw, later purchased by Powermatic.

At the auction there were fresh wood chips so I assumed it ran (I know, I know ), but other than that I didn't really have a clue what shape it was in. At some point somebody had spilled a gallon of latex paint on it, which poured through everything all the way down to the motor:( So, I stripped it down completely, cleaned, scraped, and painted it. It's only rattle can gray but it looks way better than it did and it works great. I dialed in the cutters, rollers, and surfaces using a dial indicator and after some minor tweeking… zero snipe :)
















Yes it will have dust collection ;)

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Very nice refurb. Nice heavy duty planer that should last you years to come! I've got a couple of old pieces of equipment I need to get around to refurbishing myself, got to find the time ;) Check out http://www.owwm.com/, you might be able to find what it looked like "stock" and info on replacement parts (any that you can't just whip off yourself that is!). I'm actually in the market for a planer, this has given me some inspiration to look out for a used one!
 

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That is fantastic. I wish I could find a good project jointer like that.
 

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You've made a diamond out of that unrougher.
Lee
 

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Holy smokes, you brought it back from the dead! How long did that take? Wondeful job and project to tackle. Congratulations.
 

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Awesome job WW! Definitely shows that OLD doesn't mean dead when caring hands are applied. How appropriate that you showed us the "Resurrection" of this treasure just after Easter.
 

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Tom,

This is a wonderful renovation. I am not sure I would have the courage to attempt a project like this but obviously you are a multi-talented individual. Great job and now you have a nice tool, that has many more years of life in it, and on will give you a lot of woodworking enjoyment.

Thanks for the inspiration.
 

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I'm on the prowl for a casting like that. They last a lifetime and you can't buy motors like that now.

Good find and great refurb.

You'll grin every time you use it.

Bob
 

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That looks great, way to keep a piece of OWWM around for future generations.
 

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Tom,

That is a truly impressive result that speaks for itself. Bravo.

2 questions for ya-

  • was this the kind of fixup that required some experience, or was it mostly elbow grease and persistence?
  • did you replace the motor (looks like you kept) or anything else substantial, or keep all the original parts?

-b
 

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That is totally amazing! Looking at the before photo, I would have sworn the only use left in that thing was as an anchor for a large boat.
 

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That is just sweet. Thanks for the inspiration.
 

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Great re-build, Tom. It will serve you well.
 

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Thanks guys,

It was pretty much all labor with the original parts except the 2 bushings I lost?! Belsaw actually still sells the parts and has pdf manuals online if I need them. Honestly it was about 40-60 hours of labor, but a year's worth of time before I finished. . Fortunately I was running out of room in the shop so I had to finish it to free up that space ;)

Almost everything cleaned up great with a wire wheel on a 1/2 Hp motor (every nut, screw, and washer!). The table surface took the power of a 4" grinder with a wire brush on it. I definitely kept the original motor, there is nothing that can break on it? The bearings seemed ok, and the brushes are the size of an ice cube :eek: (each with it's own access panel). If you're like me and can never get enough pictures, the whole album is HERE.


After seeing how nice this baby turned out, you can bet I'll be going to more auctions this year :) Plus, now I have a compressor so I can put "good" paint on the next chunk of iron that follows me home.
 

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Got to love them old Machines, I saw one like yours on craigs list for 300 bucks, almost went to look at it last week. looks like a great machine now I wish I did.

I have an Old shop smith 10e that works fine but I am going to redo the base cabinet soon and I picked up an old craftsman 4" jointer for 20 bucks at the flea market I think they are the two machine that I like best.
 

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Great save! "A tip of the Hat to you sir"
 

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GREAT JOB!!!!!!
 

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Totally sweet refurb. The pics of the b4 and after are striking! This is highly motivating. You are to be commended as a tool saving hero.

As advice; If you haven't done so already you might download the pdf manuals from the manufacturer and save on CD. This way they are in your possesion always. You might also consider buying a spare set of brushes for the motor (just in case). YMMV

Again nice work!
 

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Don't let the ship sink…. and you sailed her all the way to port…. great job soldier!!!!Blkcherry
 

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Good gob. Looks factory fresh. Great before and after. I also have a Belsaw that needs refurbished. Mine isn't nearly as tough as yours started. It looks like you have some metalworking capability as well. Is that a Bridgeport mill I see in the background? (& scattered across the floor?)
 

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Yes, it is a Bridgeport... but the scattered parts from the lathe. At the time I took these pictures I had just broken down the carriage to clean it. Those tools are also on my list of tools to refurbish. They both work, but the BP is a little "sloppy". Unfortunately those will be a little more costly and time consuming, depending on how carried away I get :)
 
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