Found a 735 on Craigslist for $300. I made a Sonic-Boom getting there to buy it. Upgrading my elderly SnipeMaster 5000 planer had been on my lust list for years.
Back in the shop, I proudly put it in place and proceeded to lovingly clean, oil, and wax. Then I got to the blades, I noticed obvious wear and a chip. Prolly from the time the previous owner ran a Jeep axle through it. Ok, just flip the blades to the unused side.
Great, three knives, 24 FROZEN hex-head machine screws. They are either rusted or put in with a 5 HP impact driver. The word “GOAT” hung heavily over futile effort to get them out. After hours of work, I surrendered the stripped, penetrating oil soaked, leveraged, hammered, frozen, heated effort. GOAT. BAAAH!!!
Enter Total Tool Supply Inc. with 10 Midwestern locations. They carried my 92 lbs frustration in from the truck and patiently listened to my horror story. The counter man said, “Let me see if our tech real busy.” I thought, “I was young once as he carried the 735 off under one arm.”
Fifteen minutes it came rolling back on cart. I thought, “If they got them that fast, this is the day the man in the black cape comes and takes my manhood.” The counter man said, “They are all loose. We just hammer a size larger star bit in and pull them with an impact driver.”
The 735 is now working beautifully. I am not a goat!!! Total Tool has a customer for life. The man in the black cape? Yup, I am the only male soprano in the Lincoln Community Chorus.
-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.