Craftsman 12.5" planer 351-233731 - Need help!

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Forum topic by Oxi posted 08-16-2017 03:44 AM 1231 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2017 03:44 AM

I recently bought a 12.5” Craftsman planer Model 351-233731. It came without knife gauge and with uselessly dull blades. Finally found replacement blades from Powertec after striking out with Sears, but no gauge (part 3879.00). Sears is no help, it’s too obsolete (“Manufacturer no longer makes this part, and there’s no substitute part”). “Manufacturer” (Colovos Co.) is a questionable importer in Chicago that doesn’t answer its phone. I’ve never changed blades on a planer and don’t know where to start; downloaded manual is ridiculously unhelpful. Anyone know of a You-Tube guide to blade changing, or an actual manual? How about a work-around for a missing blade gauge? I know my way around woodworking tools and tools in general, but not a planer, so I’m stymied. Thanks for any advice.

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#1 posted 08-16-2017 04:28 AM

Mini Planer Pals can be bought for around $40.

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