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Hello, I'm new here and have a question. I found this site when trying to find some info on a planer. I was cleaning out my fathers barn and found a craftsman 12.5" thickness planer, 2 hp, 16000 cuts per minute, model 351.233731. The code date on the tag says 1995. This thing looks brand new. I asked my father about it and he remembered buying it years ago and thinks he used it twice. Could anyone give me any information on this, I can't find the users manual. Mainly I'm looking to see what it would be worth as we have absolutely no need for it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Dale
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Hello, I'm new here and have a question. I found this site when trying to find some info on a planer. I was cleaning out my fathers barn and found a craftsman 12.5" thickness planer, 2 hp, 16000 cuts per minute, model 351.233731. The code date on the tag says 1995. This thing looks brand new. I asked my father about it and he remembered buying it years ago and thinks he used it twice. Could anyone give me any information on this, I can't find the users manual. Mainly I'm looking to see what it would be worth as we have absolutely no need for it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Dale
Here is a manual... the manual and such parts as are available can be found at www.searspartsdirect.com.

Knives, even, are not available from Sears, though are likely available form other sources.
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Sorry but do not think it would be worth much , a new craftsman 12.5" planer sells for $270.00 yours is 18 years old, parts would be hard to come by ,might put it on craiglist
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I agree with John it's not worth a lot but besides Craigslist you could also list it on Ubokia. You never know what someone will pay until you try.
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But then again, if you need the use of a thickness planer-- It's there. Parts are still available, and...

I "hear" it was the same manufacturer for that Craftsman as the Delta's and Ryobi's of that same time period (mid-90's)... So it is comparable to those. I've heard some here swear by those older Delta's. Some tend to talk down on the Ryobi's, but I chuckle, knowing they were all made by the same company (import).

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I've heard some here swear by those older Delta's. Some tend to talk down on the Ryobi's, but I chuckle, knowing they were all made by the same company (import).
Made by the same company does NOT equal same quality! Most major tool companies have their own QC people in the factory. You usually get the quality you demand! No QC people of your own... you will get junk!

Also many parts are NOT available for that planer. If it works, by all means its usable, but if it breaks, you may be out of luck. Even the knives are not available from Sears... I checked. I also have a Craftsman planer with that problem. If you measure the knives and match them up, you can most likely find ones that will fit. Or have them made custom, but that is not always cheap.

As for value, I'd ask $150-$175 and go from there. you can always come down if it doesn't sell.

Also it is difficult to judge prices from Craigs list and such. Look at how old the listings are. If it has been listed for more than 20 days, it's probably over priced!

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I want to thank everyone who took the time to respond to my question. I was planning on putting it on craigs list but had no idea of its value. I think with its weight, mailing it would cost a small fortune so I didn't plan on listing it elsewhere. My research did show that replacement blades are still available but I doubt they are even needed yet. As my original post said this thing looks like new and my father only remembers using it twice. Thank you all again, I'm very impressed with the helpfulness of this site......Dale
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Dale; welcome!
You sounded quite sure that you'll never have any use for it. You're not a woodworker in any way? If you are then yes, you do need it; you just don't know it yet.
If you don't have a tablesaw (or skilsaw) then you're probably not going to miss it when it's gone...
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Direct quote from Searspartsdirect.com

3 on diagram
Planer knives, set...

PART NUMBER: 3833.00 We're sorry. This item is no longer available.

From other sources, perhaps.

Even if the blades are good now, one nail is all it takes to ruin them.

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