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post #1 of 3 Old 01-26-2012, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hi!
Anyone out there in the "woodworking wilderness" (where we all reside) know of where I can get downloadable manuals/parts lists/exploded views of pre-1970's portable electric power tools...the ones the mannies no longer provide support for ? Stanley, Wen, Craftsman, Rockwell, PC, B&D, etc.
Spare parts would be great, also, but they can be a drag if you need to buy another (non-working) tool for one small part especially when you consider shipping costs !
Also, can anyone steer us towards screw suppliers (the type used in assembly of power tools...some plastic, some aluminum). Machine screws anr easier to find, however ! We need fasteners of the type that resemble "sheet rock screws, but have no point, are "skip thread", same diameter up and down shank, usually fully threaded with pan heads.
McFeeleys (pardon spelling), comes up short on this one!
Please help,
Marena
Thanx for caring,
Marena

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post #2 of 3 Old 01-26-2012, 10:57 PM
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OWWM has a lot of good user-uploaded stuff for the older machinery, but most is for big stuff. Manuals for the small hand tools are harder to find but parts diagrams seem easier if you know the model # - there are a few places specializing in replacement parts and they always seem to have the original parts diagrams scanned in.
One trick for finding manuals is to do an advanced google search - type in the brand, model #, and either "instructions" or "Manual" and select pdf as the file choice. That knocks out a few thousand results and usually drops it down to a hundred or so easily searched sites.

I haven't had to find an online source for fasteners like that yet, but it would be nice to hear if there are places out there that sell small quantities. I do have the MSC big book - that is a great place to look for stuff, things, whatchamacallits, tools, materials, stock etc. (not a woodworking source though, no lumber for sale and very limited woodworkng tools.)

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On fee bay there are manuals, type in the make of machine and see what comes up, i just sold a bunch of powermatic stuff to a guy with an ebay store that just sells manuals.
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