Here's one for you hard-core vintage powertool fanatics:
I recently found a "SkilSander, Belt Type, Model 9" 3X24 (chain drive with an oil bath!) inline at a pawn shop for $22. It's not been used much, that's for certain, and I'm fairly sure that it had been put on someone's shelf for twenty or 30 years judging by the condition of the grease pack around the chain.
It was in working order when I bought it, but I have a sneaking feeling it's only performing at about half capacity, so to speak.
I tore into it today and thouroughly cleaned everything from armature to gear box. Folks, you wouldn't believe the quality of the machining on this thing. Have we gone backwards in our ceaseless pursuit of the next generation of hybrid metal/plastic tools? The smoothness of operation this unit displays is incredible.
All this to say: Does anyone out there know where I can get parts for my Model 9? Or, for that matter, about when it was produced? (I'm no internet rookie, but I've come up empty handed on this one.)
Thanks in advance for any assistance ANYONE can offer me.
I did in fact finally get someone at SKIL to reply -- they stated, of course, that the unit is no in production and after a thourough search, no parts remained. Nor could they supply an exploded view or parts list.
A good cleaning and lube had very positive effects on the sander. I need to find a suitable substitute for the canvas-like material wrapped around the front wheel.
Note: the first two pictures, top to bottom, show the sample woods I bought to match: mahogany, walnut, oak, the bottom is the side of the table. The remaining 3 pictures are of the wood in question...