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06-26-2013 05:32 PM

I was told I should ask $350-400 for this Craftsman (Parks) 12” planer. (112.1901)
Does that seem like a fair price?

-- Patience..... it's always there waiting for you.

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#1 posted 06-26-2013 06:04 PM

I guess it depends on condition. What is worn and needs replacing.

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#2 posted 06-26-2013 06:14 PM

That dang motor would cost that much. I’d be checking it out to see what might be a problem as Quanter suggested.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 06-26-2013 06:25 PM

If it operates as it it should, that is more than a fair price and someone would be happy to get it for that. Parks, Walker Turner etc made great stuff. Craftsman badge on it doesn’t change that. I say start a bit higher and come down if no bites.

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#4 posted 06-26-2013 06:36 PM

I have to admit, it looks very cool and probably does a great job. As a buyer, I would ask myself if I wanted to put up with the open belt concept, and if I could get blades, feed rollers, etc. And it’s a bit of a niche market, as I found out recently selling my Walker Turner 1140 drill press. Started at $200, and three months later finally got a person to bite at $80, and it only needed a paint job.
Still, to the right buyer, this is probably a once in a lifetime find.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#5 posted 06-26-2013 07:31 PM

Paul, there are actually a lot of these Parks planers around, and I believe there is even a company that makes some replacement parts. There’s a niche market for these vintage machines, but if you become part of the niche ( you’ll find a lot of parts, information, and help.

If the planer and motor are complete and in good shape, that’s a good price. Especially that motor. Woof.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#6 posted 06-26-2013 07:47 PM

I wish the guy who bought my drill press thought that way! Of course, to be totally honest, I took that drill press out of a plastics factory machine shop in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1977, and have owned it since. I got it for free since they were upgrading a line of drill presses and tossing mine, so only getting $80 is actually a good deal, considering that I used it pretty steady for over 30 years.
That Parks planer will probably still be planeing wood after all the tools in my shop are rust and gone.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#7 posted 06-26-2013 07:55 PM

I love my Walker-Turner drill press. To the general public, though, a big, heavy-duty cast-iron machine is a strike-against it compared to brand-new, light-duty one, and that depresses the price. I routinely see beautiful US-built drill presses on CL for the same price as decent Taiwan-made ones, and all of them for half the price of a new Porter-Cable or Ryobi cheapie with a laser cross-hair that will soon go out of alignment and a low-amp motor.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#8 posted 06-26-2013 07:58 PM

I sure do like the looks of that old machine. Why don’t you keep it and have some fun.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 06-26-2013 08:23 PM

If it ran good, I’d probably offer you $300 and see what happens. Those are well built machines and that’s why they’re still around.

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#10 posted 06-26-2013 10:46 PM

I unwrapped that package laying on the planer and I’m guessing these pieces of metal are sets of blades for it? I’m sorry I don’t know anything about how it works, it’s just one of many items collecting dust and rust and I hate that they are going to waste so we are clearing all of it out. I have had some nice sales since I ran the ad for it all on CL the other day. They come and pick through and make offers, was surprised today that a couple of old hammers and chisels fetched $150 they weren’t made of gold. But I just asked for a fair offer since I don’t know what to ask.

It takes a long time to research this stuff a piece at a time, so in the meantime I just listed all of it. Today I picked out a few more things, the first I know is for wood, because it says so, but what it’s for I don’t know. The second, I found some similiar images and it’s a reamer, but I don’t know what it is suppose to ream.

And these I called tap & die sets, the box says screw plates… is that the same thing? And, are they for wood or metal or both?

Or these, I found out they go to a lathe, but how do I know if it’s for a wood or metal one? (He had both)

As you can see, I’m woodworking and metalworking challenged, please don’t hold it against me. But I want to thank everyone for all the help I have gotten here at Lumberjocks! It’s been amazing!


-- Patience..... it's always there waiting for you.

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#11 posted 06-27-2013 01:39 AM

I think you could get 350 for that planer. Anybody looking for a 12” planer is going to have to spend 250 – 300 for an honest, decent benchtop planer. There’s bound to be at least one of those lookers that appreciates solid construction and understands durable value. If so, they’d probably throw in another Benjamin or two above the common priceline.

(All provided it runs.)

(( If your sale was in my neighborhood, I be there.))

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#12 posted 06-27-2013 06:42 AM

A few years ago the same old Parks (Sears plate on it) came up for sale in my neck of the woods. Seems like the guy wanted $300 or $400 for it. I checked it out, and was not happy about the single elevation screw each side and adjustable gibs. I don’t know how you get all of the wiggle worked out of a system like that, and much prefer 4 screw posts (such as on the DW735 or the old Rockwell 13 X 6 I used to have). Anyhow, I passed.

Out of curiosity, I looked online for an owner’s manual, and found one. So I printed it out and took it over to the seller, thinking it might help him sell his planer. As time went by, I noticed his asking price crept lower and lower, until he was down to something like $150. Don’t know whether he ever sold it.

The motor on it was a huge 110 volt job, about 24 amps, 1750 rpms, and used a smaller pulley on the cutter head to get the rpms up. That also was not an arrangement I cared for, though I suspect back in the 50s it was pretty common.

The Rockwell was the best planer I ever owned, by the way.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#13 posted 06-27-2013 10:36 AM

I know this is probably a dumb question, I know it worked before it came here several years ago, but before I plug it in and flip the switch… the plate on the century motor says 2hp 115/230 volts, 22.2/11.1 amps… does that plug into a regular household outlet or do I have to plug it into a 220 outlet?

-- Patience..... it's always there waiting for you.

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#14 posted 06-27-2013 11:35 AM

115/230 volts means it can be wired either way. So to answer your question you’d have to look at the wiring (inside the motor). Usually you can tell by the plug. If the plug will plug into a regular 110 (household) outlet it should be wired for it. If its got a plug that looks more like a electric dryer outlet plug, its 220.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#15 posted 06-27-2013 11:58 AM

It has a regular looking 3 prong plug, like an extension cord does. It doesnt have the big plug like my dryer or electric stove. If I plug it into just a household outlet will it throw the breaker if it’s not for it?

-- Patience..... it's always there waiting for you.

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