Posted a super nice Skil in the surfshop.
I know that is a really nice planer. And I know Pete's ability to put these machines back in original working condition. I noticed that you had it up for sale and I can't believe that any young shaper who wants to carry on the hand shape tradition would not have bought this planer already. I think what we are seeing is the abandoning of the hand shape craft in favor of Costco pop outs and CNC computer cut outs. Remember paper dolls?? Well what we have these days is a bunch of sissy's who won't pick up a pair of scissors. Let alone a few Crayons.
That which can be assorted without evidence was read in an illegal magazine.
Anybody who knows Pete's work knows that this tool will last another 70+ years and has been adjusted to shape. I kept the base length original as I do use the long base on a lot of my longboards but could be cut down (676 and 190's are the best if you can find them)
I really don't want to part with it, but I have too many other Skils for how many boards I do these days. Funny, it takes me longer to drive to and pick up a CNC'd shaped blank than to just handshape it. I do understand production shaping using the CNC is the way to go, but I'm more interested in walking the blank with a planer and seeing the shape as come to life. Two of my best Los Molinos Getto friend's Skil's are kept for mainly taking down the nose or making the one off stuff.
Anyway...that's how it is, but not for me
That seems like a pretty unfair assumption. I can't speak for every "young" shaper, but I got into the hobby because I didn't want to regularly spend $750 on boards that only lasted a season. I wanted to have a board that was exactly what I wanted, fit the conditions I surf, had some durability and didn't break the bank.
While that is an absolutely gorgeous planer, and pretty much anyone who shapes boards would love to have it in their collection, it is way out of the budget of most people that are young into the shaping world.
Sorry for double post.
Reply was meant for Mcding...
Well you get what you pay for. A Wen or Harbor Freight planer is available for those folks.
I have two uncut Skil 100s, a shortened Skil 100, a modified Hitachi and a Porter Cable 653.
Of those the modified Hitachi and the shortened Skil 100 are what I actually use. If I were starting over it would be the modified plastic planer unless my plan was to focus on longboards.
I'm sure it's a nice tool, and will work just fine, but you're asking for almost $1,000 for it.
I think it's kind of funny when guys have several of them, and try to sell one at this price. Why did you buy the second if you already had one?
Skil 100 planers are niche collectors items now. Sort of like the housing bubble or a pyramid scheme. Or wine collectors, who can't afford to open and drink the thousand dollar bottle they just bought.
Unless you're a professional, turning out a hundred boards a month, you would do just fine with many other planers. And if you were a pro, turning out that many, it would be done using a CNC machine.