Foley Belsaw Planer - blades need to be replaced.

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11-12-2017 12:56 PM

I have a Foley Belsaw planer and have been using it for about 20+ years. I think it is time to change the blades but I am not comfortable in doing it myself. Are there companies out there that I can hire to do it, I haven’t been able to find one?

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#1 posted 11-12-2017 04:06 PM

You could probably buy a new planer for what somebody would charge you to change the blades in that one.

Foley-Belsaw made good quality, fairly simple machines. Thousands of users have successfully changed blades on these machines over the years.

Give it a try, you might surprise yourself.


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#2 posted 11-12-2017 06:04 PM

Do a search to see if there was a jig that works with the type of planer you have for setting the blades.
As HerbC said, this is something that’s been done by hobbyists for decades. It’s not rocket science but it really does help if you have the right tools for the job.

If you’re still uncomfortable, the only place I can think of is taking it to a machine shop. They do setups on their own machines so there should be someone there who is used to setting up precision machinery but, it won’t be cheap.

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#3 posted 11-12-2017 06:26 PM

It would probably help people help you if we had an model number to go on.

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#4 posted 11-12-2017 06:26 PM

Put an ad on Craigslist or on a bulletin board
at a hardware store.

It’s not terribly hard to change planer knives.
Belsaws are pretty friendly to knife changes.
There are jack screws under the knives for
leveling them. There was also a little jig
for setting knife heights but it is easily lost.
You’ll need something, a jig like Planer Pals
or a dial indicator on an articulated stand.

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#5 posted 11-12-2017 06:38 PM

I have a Foley Belsaw planer. Putting new blades in is a snap – provided the old blades were correctly placed and you haven’t meddled with the leveling screws. All planer blades (and jointer blades) are ground parallel. A slight difference in height or width between the new blades and the old blades won’t make any difference as long as the edges are parallel.

1. Remove the old blades being sure not to touch the blade leveling screws at the bottom of the blade. Clean out any saw dust so the new blades will rest solidly on the leveling screws.

2. Put 2 layers of masking tape over the sharp edge of the new blades to avoid cutting yourself during the installation.

3. Drop the new blades into position making sure they are resting on the leveling screws. Tighten blades in place.

4. Remove the masking tape and you are ready to go!

BUT . . . if you monkeyed around with the leveling screws its a different ball of wax. You will need to use a dial test indicator to re-set the leveling screws so the blades are all at the same height and parallel to the planer bed. A much more difficult operation!

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#6 posted 11-12-2017 06:39 PM

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#7 posted 11-12-2017 08:45 PM

First off, I have to say that if you have had and used the machine for 20 years and have never had the knives sharpened – then you certainly are not using it near enough :)

Model number would be helpful. You can probably find a manual over at the VintageMachinery site for your model, and it will have instructions on how to change the knives.

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#8 posted 12-10-2017 03:47 AM

Good news. I just had a gentleman come out and replace the blades. The cost was quite reasonable, $75.

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