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Lock the spindle (small chrome button near the tool's nose or lever at the power switch). You'll probably need to rotate the spindle by hand as much as one full turn as you do this, to get the lock to drop into place.

With the spindle locked, use your supplied wrench to turn the collet nut counter-clockwise (as seen from the cutter end) about one full turn. The collet should now be plenty loose enough to release the cutter / wheel / drill.

Craftsman... | Answered on Oct 25, 2018


Try returning the glue gun at the local sears store for an exchange for one which uses round glue sticks.

Craftsman Crafts... | Answered on Jan 18, 2016


Contact the place where you bought it and ask them, or ask the manufacturer.

Craftsman 1212... | Answered on Nov 03, 2015


Go to Sears or to the Craftsman web site to order more glue sticks.

Craftsman Crafts... | Answered on Jan 02, 2015


The knives may need to be adjusted further out, or they may be badly dull, or they may be worn too far to be resharpened, or the cutterhead drive belt may be broken.

Craftsman 1212... | Answered on Jul 29, 2014


Use Google Shopping to find it. If they don't make them any more, you may have to get a new glue gun.

Craftsman Crafts... | Answered on Apr 20, 2014


craftsman 12 1/2 thicknesser/planer is entry level model, very sturdy albeit not that powerful... now, when we have that one out of the way:

you are not holding it correctly and allowing material to "kick" on the rollers when you load in and on egress. rollers are too high with the table.

you did not mentioned if you get it new or used. either way, disconnect it from power, roll down the cutters, check for nicks and squareness of the blades, tighten all blade holders, check if they are not protruding excessively.

check infeed and outfeed rollers for vertical movement, check if you hear any bearings noise. correct rollers at that stage should be parallel and just above the table of the machine (about two paper sheet thickness), to check that, have steel square or ruler, 2 $5bills, lay bills on the table, position ruler on thin edge on the rolers, bills should be movable freely but wihout gap on the table, add another bill and repeat exercise, if bills cannot be moved (this should be occuring at about 5 notes), your rollers and table are set correctly. if rollers cannot be regulated, there is another solution.

remove less material at each pass, instead of 1/8" (3.175mm) - maximum "bite", drop that by half to about 1/16" (1.587mm). this should solve your problem with kicking on the beginning and end of the run on the plank.

in my workshop i do not allow to actually run more than 2mm on portable planners, it is better to run piece twice and have nice finish than to run it once and then spend half hour on removal of chips and gradings...

Craftsman 1212... | Answered on Oct 22, 2013


run a bit of timber through and measure the sides for the same measurement. adjust the thick side up till it is the same measurement both sides.

Craftsman 1212... | Answered on Jun 01, 2013

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