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    Skil 100 planers?

    I was just wondering where people get their Skil planers from? Flea markets? Garage sales? And if there in rough shape who fixes them?

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    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    West Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
    Ive been searching for one for a while now at flea markets. I know of one guy that got one for a ridiculous price at colingswood. Something like $25 I think. besides checking places like that and having a **** load of good luck I've seen a lot of them on ebay for a minimum of $400. If you do find one theres a guy in monmouth county who can fix them but i dont know his name, call greenlight surf shop they'll know who he is.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Salisbury, Maryland, United States
    ebay. and fix yourself. parts online also.or you can

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    Just pony up the dough and get one in decent shape. I have had 4 skils and they are definitely an amazing tool. You can get them for around $400 which is a good deal for that tool. Otherwise used clark foams come up every once and awhile for around $250-300.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Monmouth Beach, NJ
    Got mine off ebay for $300, but it needed work... new brushes, depth adjustment tune-up, blades sharpened... as long as the armature and motor are good, the rest can be addressed. The guy in MoCo who does good work is Power Tool Co. in Bradly (Neptune). The guys at Greenlight have all had theirs worked on there, and they also had them powder coated. Comes out real nice. I just hit my belt cover with emery cloth, primed and painted it, and gave the chassis a once-over with a scotchbrite pad.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    you can find them on ebay and craigslist usually... $200-$1000 buy a nicer one if you dont want to work on it. Hey LBCrew when are you going to bring the planer over and show it off to us?

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    I also checked some flea markets already but I haven't found what I have been looking for. I will additionally check ebay now. Whenever I need a power tool I actually always used power rental until now which is very convenient but now I am looking for my own Skil planers. Hopefully I will find a cheap offer soon.

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    I have two (and a half) right now, a full length Skil 190 and a modified Skil 100, pretty easy to work on and find parts for but you don't need to pay the ebay prices for the parts. I have rebuilt 3 of them so far. Good luck finding one!

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    Unless you're really set on that particular planer due to nostalgic reasons, need the extra weight, or you are cutting through a ton of foam on a regular basis its not worth it in my opinion. I know that some of you guys love 'em (Andrew ;-)), but with the type of close tolerance blanks that we have now not sure if they are worth the investment. Clark type is way lighter and with the right technique a viable substitute (nt., I have two an original '08 clark with a shaping barrel and the newer model with regular blades). As well no need to make a vacuum system attachment as you would with the skill...already set up (nt., below).
    I tried the skil (both a full length and a modified base) and the weight is just not worth it...felt a bit dead in my hands. I know...I know...more horsepower, etc. but the thing is a bit too heavy for my taste! As well...$400 for the clark new with a for thought as opposed to a similar price for a fixer upper. Also, I would attempt to get the 190 as well...not as much of a market compared to the 100...good luck.

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    Agreed with live4truth.

    Bought my Skil 7 years ago for $400 on ebay from a guy up in north Jersey so I could I inspect before I paid. It was mint. It now sits in it's box while I use my Clark. For production shaping the Clark is the better tool for me. I like the lighter weight. I do all my cutting from one side of the board and reaching across with the Skil is a workout. Also, you would be suprised how little foam you can remove with a well tuned planer. So having a light weight tool can be an advantage when trying to take out little bumps.

    Honestly, unless you plan to shape a lot of boards, you don't need a Skil or a Clark. You can buy a Bosch 1594k for $130 with a far superior motor than the Hitachi P20SBK (Clark). Making depth adjustment while cutting rail bands and rocker (the only reason to use a Skil or Clark) is a technique that takes many boards to learn to do well and a LOT of boards to do it consistently well. Unless you plan on shaping a lot of boards, you will do fine with a much cheaper Bosch that will actually cut cleaner than the Clark. You will just cut in steps rather than adjusting depth on the fly. My 2 cents.

    And for what it's worth, the Accurate blows the doors off the Skil. They had some quality issues early on, but they are incredible machines. If I wanted a heavy planer I would go that route rather than spend hundreds on a 30 year old tool.