Handwheel for an old cCraftsman planer

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07-17-2009 12:20 AM

Does anyone know where I can find a handwheel for an older Sears planer. I have everything for it except the handwheel to raise/lower the cutter head. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

—Brian in Denver

-- Brian now in Albuquerque, NM

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#1 posted 07-17-2009 02:45 AM

Brian, Nice name!

Which model Craftsman planer wheel are you looking for: the King-Seeley 103 model numbers or the Parks 112 model numbers?

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#2 posted 07-17-2009 04:02 AM

you might check Grizzly. They have a pretty good selection of handwheels that can be adapted to about anything.

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#3 posted 07-17-2009 04:43 AM

Brian…......Go to and register its free. After there go to the dicussion forums and register again,, also free. Post a listing in BOYD, Bring Out Your Dead for the parts you are looking for. The guys there are very helpful and you should be able to find what you are looking for.


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#4 posted 07-17-2009 04:45 AM

I see old saw parts on e bay some times

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#5 posted 07-17-2009 04:20 PM

Thanks everyone for the responses.
I have the King-Seeley 103 and it seems in pretty good condition since my local Sears repair place did their thing on it. I was even able to get a spare set of knives for it through Sears.
I also have a Delta planer which Sears tells me needs a lot of work to bring it up to a decent condition. Now I have to decide which one to keep. Does anyone have suggestions as which is the better planer? The Delta is prettier, but that’s just cosmetic.

The other thing I got (for free since it was well rusted up) is an old 4” Craftsman jointer/planer. After removing a lot of rust and the lapping the surfaces on top and adding a new pulley and a coat of paint, I ended up with a pretty nice J/P. (I like reworking old machinery, since it’s usually heavy duty and will last forever with some care)

Brian75137 (in Denver)

PS: Brianinpa we both spell it the CORRECT way

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#6 posted 07-18-2009 03:44 AM


I have one of these planers that is commonly called the Alien or Gnome planer. It is very useful, but… One of the biggest problems that I have with the planer is the maximum cutting width. The manual say 12” (2 paces at 6” each.) The problem is that actually achieving 12” of cut is difficult. For pieces under 6” width it is great.

The feeding rate is controlled by you so the rate of speed is very key to getting a good surface. I have used mine a lot and really prefer it to my #5 Stanley. These planers are often showing up on Craigslist so parts are not that difficult to obtain.

In addition to the planer, I also use a 4” Craftsman Jointer, so I too really prefer the older stuff.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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