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    I have 3 X Beaver 3800 and I just sold one today, so I am keeping the best one for me, but I have to remove the belt, it will not fit on my stand, way too short, how do you remove the belt, looks pretrty complicated, do I have to remove the cutters holder??
    Merci for your help
    Jacques
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    Re: Beaver 3800

    yes, the cutterhead has to come out, unless you just cut the belt.
    it's not a nice job!

    remove the knives.
    loosen the two set screws in the top of the casting above the bearings.
    remove the bearing holders by turning the slothead screws under the bearing holders, basically until they fall out
    reach up under the machine and wiggle,curse, wiggle some more, curse some more and the cutterhead will come out

    reinstalling it requires more cursing and more wiggling and getting the belt back around the pulley. the pulley is one piece with the cutterhead

    dont try it with the knives installed unless you have lots of bandaids and a nurse handy

    the 3800 is a great candidate for a link belt unless the bearings need to be repacked
    Last edited by stevem; 06-06-2017, 08:21 PM.
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    steve, sarnia, ont




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    • #3

      Re: Beaver 3800

      Am I correct in thinking that even if you cut the belt OFF, you still have to remove everything to put a new one ON?

      Noel
      "Being so impressed with the beauty of nature, I never cease to be amazed at how the
      'touch of the human hand' can transform it into another kind of beauty that is so uniquely human.
      "
      John Snow, Outdoorsman and Retired Teacher

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      • #4

        Re: Beaver 3800

        Better to buy a link belt.. .Cheapest one is Harbour Freight in US. Otherwise it is Lee valley or Busy Bee.
        I put 2 on my General 130 planer and it is much quieter and smoother.
        Mike

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        • #5

          Re: Beaver 3800

          OK, will try the link belt this week-end and let you know the result.
          Jacques

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          • #6

            Re: Beaver 3800

            Originally posted by Soak-N-Fused View Post
            Better to buy a link belt.. .Cheapest one is Harbour Freight in US. Otherwise it is Lee valley or Busy Bee.
            I put 2 on my General 130 planer and it is much quieter and smoother.
            Mike
            Mike, I just took a look at Busy Bee, and they have 3 types: B/5L 5/8'', 3L 3/8'' and A/4L 1/2'', do you know wich one I need .

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            • #7

              Re: Beaver 3800

              Jacques,
              That will depend on the size of the pulleys used. If you are using the pulleys currently in use then just get the same size.
              I used 1/2" on my planer and the same on my Beaver bandsaw which now belongs to a friend.
              Next time I go to the US I will be visiting Harbor Freight again...with some sort of coupon, usually minimum of 20%!!
              Mike

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              • #8

                Re: Beaver 3800

                the pulley is one piece with the cutterhead. its a 4L 1/2 inch belt
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                • #9

                  Re: Beaver 3800

                  This is what I have right now, it is 1/2'' wide but don't know if it is 4 L Click image for larger version

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ID:	1123251 or not, but will give it a try tomorrow morning , I am taking a break from doing my fire wood.
                  Last edited by Jacques Leclerc; 06-09-2017, 08:39 PM.

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                  • #10

                    Re: Beaver 3800

                    Jacques you are gonna be amazed! A tip , turn it inside out to connect or unconnect the links, it is MUCH easier. My plan is to have all my belts changed out if possible.
                    Mike

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                    • #11

                      Re: Beaver 3800

                      Ok will give it a try, thanks and have a nice week-end
                      Jacques

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                      • #12

                        Re: Beaver 3800

                        Originally posted by Jacques Leclerc View Post
                        This is what I have right now, it is 1/2'' wide but don't know if it is 4 L Click image for larger version

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ID:	1123251 or not, but will give it a try tomorrow morning , I am taking a break from doing my fire wood.
                        Well this link belt did not fit, it was a little bit wider that 1/2'', don't know where I got that from, so ordered 7' link belt from Busy Bee and it worked like new, the jointer was given to me along with other tools by Rob Anderson, and he told me that the jointer had new bearing, so did not have to remove the cutter head and I was not planning to do it, looks like a big job, any how the jointer is in perfect shape and has the guard and the extension, Rob used to be on this forum and moved on the west coast, don't know if he is still on this forum.
                        Jacques

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