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Forum topic by LDO2802 posted 03-25-2017 12:23 AM 980 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2017 12:23 AM

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I am in the process of restoring a craftsman alien head planer. I couldn’t find any info on setting the blades for it. Anyone have any experience in this?

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#1 posted 03-25-2017 12:35 AM

Got a model number (or a picture to help identify)? You can most likely find a manual for it over at the VM site, such as this one for the 103.23700 which should describe the procedure.


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#2 posted 03-25-2017 04:10 AM

This is what I know as an alien head

I think it is a 103.1801

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#3 posted 03-25-2017 05:32 AM

^ That one looks familiar! :-)

Manual says a tool for setting blades was available. I don’t have it, and haven’t removed the cutters yet for that reason. If you come up with something, let us know!

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#4 posted 03-27-2017 02:20 PM

That is the one I have. Mine is still in pieces being painted, so I haven’t dug too deep on the blade depth. If I don’t find anything, I will plan a piece on my dewalt and the run it through the alien head planer while it is off just to see where it is hitting.

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