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06-24-2019 02:26 PM

Hi! I am a Newbie to your group and I am looking for some help. I have a Skil 1/3 paper sander model 57B that I would like to restore. Unfortunately I have been unable to find any information on it. I would love a parts diagram and owners manual if such is available. It would be interesting to know its age. At the moment it trips the breaker and I am unable to figure out how to disassemble the unit for repairs. Any help that you can offer would be very much appreciated. Many thanks! Kris


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#1 posted 06-24-2019 08:51 PM

there are manuals and parts lists available online for just about
everything these days.
some photos of what you have as well as a clear photo of the tag
will help a bunch.

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#2 posted 07-01-2019 08:49 AM

Thank you very much for your input John. I have attached three photos to show my Skil 1/3 Paper Sander. I took some six photos of the nameplate. All had too much glare. The one that I attached is as good as I could manage. It shows my unit to be Model #57B. I hope that these photos are helpful. Thanks again! Kris
After I wrote this I joined photobucket and uploaded my three photos. How do I insert those three photos below?

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#3 posted 07-01-2019 12:11 PM

Kris – if you can save the photos to your desktop or to a local file outside
of Photobucket, it will make it easier to post using the “img” button.
interestingly, I was at my local flea market this past Saturday and this guy
had several vintage power tools and he had at least half a dozen old Skil
1/3 sheet sanders (that did not work) for $10 each.
all aluminum body, really nice and shiny. (no plastic parts were visible).
with my short term memory, I cleanly forgot about your post here to look
at the model numbers.
what I did notice is that with the all metal body, they had the old two-wire
cords that were not grounded.
if you have the all metal body sander, for safety’s sake, you need to have a
ground wire on your sander when you get ready to put it into operation.
(just a word of caution there).
my internet searches for the 57B did not turn up even a photo of one.

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#4 posted 07-01-2019 04:42 PM

Hi John! I bought the unit from a neighbour having a garage sale. He said that he had tried it last summer and that it was working then. I asked him to plug it in. He seemed to be as surprised as I was when it tripped the breaker. Thinking that it was simply a bad cord I bought it for $5.00 CDN. This unit may be newer than the ones that you saw at your local flea market. It came with a three wire power cord that looked original. Drilling out a seized screw I was finally able to open my unit. The ground wire was connected to an internal factory screw position inside the metal case. Thank you for your word of caution. Thank you also for your IMG suggestion. It worked perfectly as you can see. You did not have any more luck finding something about my unit on the internet than I did. I find it disappointing that manufacturers new and old do not bother to keep an archive of documentation (Owners Manuals, Exploded View, Parts List and Repair / Troubleshooting Information) for their products. As is evident in this case even old reputable manufacturers like Skil fail to do it. Having opened my unit I should be able to trace the problem causing the tripping breaker. I love working with tools, working on tools. Being retired they are hobbies. I will probably restore this unit and sell it to finance more buys and restorations. Many thanks for your help! Kris!
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#5 posted 07-01-2019 04:43 PM

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#6 posted 07-02-2019 12:25 PM

Kris, thanks for taking the time to do the photos.
there are a few Skil collectors on this forum and others that
may run across your post and lend assistance.
I did find a couple of examples that sold in the $20-30 range
a year or so ago. but no paperwork at all. Best of luck in your efforts !
I also found a photo of one with the two-prong cord. but you can never
know if it is original to the tool or not without the parts list or owners manual..
I can not imagine a clenched fist on the handle with a non-grounded
short that sends 120 volts through your arm !!!!

search tag words: Skil Home Shop Sander Oscillating Type Model 57B 2 amp

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#7 posted 07-03-2019 01:06 PM

Hi John! Thank you very much for the very good photo of what is my unit with the exception of my three wire cord instead of that unit’s two wire cord. Now that I was successful in opening my unit the pressure is off to get more information. Have you been in the group long? Are you retired as well? Many thanks for your help! Kris

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