Picked up a piece of vintage iron over the weekend and wanted to add a video of it in operation. It’s a Craftsman 103.1801 6”x2” Thickness Planer.
From what I’ve been able to learn on the interwebz, the blue color is original and pre-dates Sears’ affiliation with King-Seeley as a manufacturer of their stationary tools. That’s puts this tool in the late ‘30s / early ‘40s, made by Central Specialties because of the 103 model number, but the dates are speculation.
Anyway, the video starts with the sound of the shop vac running as a very simple (yet quite effective) chip collector rig. There’s no auto feed, material is pushed through. There are anti-kickback ‘hinges’ in place that keep materials from becoming projectiles. It’s not a good thing to put fingers in harm’s way, so you have to pay attention using this machine.
Love the planer. Much quieter than my lunchbox type, and just right for smaller stock. Ran it about an hour last night, it’s a keeper. As always, thanks for looking.
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