Worth trading DW733 + cash for Foley Belsaw 905?

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Forum topic by shawnn posted 12-12-2017 07:38 PM 611 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-12-2017 07:38 PM

Almost seems like a no-brainer but I don’t have any experience with a vintage planer. I have a Dewalt 733 that is well-used but works great. I replaced some parts and did a good cleaning and maintenance recently. I have a set of blades that are freshly sharpened ready for when the new blades I installed get dull. I also bought & installed the dust collection hood.

I have a guy interested in trading a Belsaw 905 for the Dewalt plus $150. He says it has a sharpening system on it but I am not sure exactly what that is. It’s a 5hp 240v motor. No molding blades just straight. He said all the roller bearings, etc are good. He wants a planer that’s easier to move for job site use.

I find planing rough-sawn to be a chore with the Dewalt, taking so many light passes. I recently got a used Performax 22-44 so I thought it would be a lot faster to hog the material down with the Belsaw then use the sander for final machine finishes. I can see the potential to get some molding blades for future projects too.

So, what are your thoughts on the trade? Any major issues known about the 905 model? I couldn’t find a vast amount of info on it. My thoughts are, I can replace the Dewalt easily but probably won’t find a heavy duty planer this cheap again – I bought the Dewalt used and feel I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of it. And, I really like vintage equipment. Any input is appreciated.

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#1 posted 12-13-2017 12:35 AM

They are built like tanks, and the company is still in business.


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#2 posted 12-13-2017 01:33 AM

I really liked my Belsaw. My 4-post Taiwan
planer has superior chip extraction but nowhere
near the muscle.

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#3 posted 12-13-2017 03:19 PM

I have had a Belsaw planer for 40+ years now and love it! Does a great job and no problems. It has the bed extensions and I have never had a problem with snipe. Handles large long boards with ease. Is easy to repair (though I have never had to) and most parts are off-the-shelf items available at bearing and drive suppliers so parts for the most part will always be available. Built like a tank, but not a “pretty” machine. Its just a workhorse! Its only drawback is fitting a vacuum to the chip outfeed is problematic, but it can be done.


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