SKIL 100 3" Power Plane - parts needed

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John Smith

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01-07-2018 11:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer plane planer power plane hand jointer

just dug my Skil 100 power plane out of storage and after reading all the hype
on the internet about it, I had no idea its value has increased so much.

I bought this machine back in the early ‘70s at a government salvage sale.
back then, they knocked all the identification tags off an item that was sold as scrap.
So I got this really nice Skil power plane and a Sears Craftsman floor mount drill press for cheap.
I have used the power plane several times and it works fine. I sold the drill press years ago.

so now, I am in desperate need of an original identification metal tag for this planer.
I know this is like hunting for a rusty nail in the ocean, but am willing to give it a try.
any help is most appreciated. Even if I could borrow one to have a duplicate made,
I would pay for the “rental” of the tag.


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#1 posted 01-08-2018 12:55 AM

Going to be hard to get someone to take their tag off of the tool and send it to you. I’d look around pawn shops for an old one possibly broke. It’s going to be a hard item to find. Is it really worth the trouble?

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#2 posted 01-08-2018 01:29 AM

Gerald – check E-Bay for the Skil 100 Plane. some are selling for $450 – $700 and more.
whether they will actually get that, I dunno – but am watching them closely.
so yes, it will be worth my time and energy to find a tag.

not that I will sell mine, I would just like for it to be complete. (now that I know it is becoming pricey).
you never know about tools – some folks collect so many in various states of repair, anything is possible.
and yes, I am scouring my local pawn shops – that was my first idea – no luck.
thanks for the response.

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#3 posted 01-08-2018 01:40 AM

If you can get a clean shot of the tag (note: there were a couple of different versions used), you can make your own with some decal paper and a color printer.


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#4 posted 01-08-2018 02:32 AM

as a member of, we use replacement decals a lot.
I do not want to put a decal on this tool – I want the real metal tag.
I know of a few sources that make tags for antique tools. That will be my last resort.
I am working on the artwork now (just in case) – it is just time consuming but can shave a lot off the price
if you can provide camera ready artwork to the manufacturer.
hopefully, something will turn up one of these days. I am in no hurry.
yes – I know there are different versions of the 100 . . . .that is why I posted a photo of the tag I need.

the Skil 100 is also known on the West Coast and Hawaii as the “Surfboard Planer”.

maybe our fellow member BreeStephany will swoop in and save the day !!


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#5 posted 01-08-2018 04:02 AM

On the west coast that I live on (Canada) the Skill 100 was one of the most used tools in every shipyard I ever worked in. Maybe second only to the bandsaw. Maybe first.
I still have two but someone will have to pry them ….... :-)

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#6 posted 05-14-2019 07:46 PM

Actually the tag you posted as an example is off a 1980 planer after the badge redesign. There’s indicators on your planer that can tell which type it is. Sounds like you’re a detail guy and may want a tag or artwork to be from the right era. Post detailed pictures and i might be able to help if your still looking.

Here’s a database in the works that I’m putting together.

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