Originally Posted by Teetorbilt
Google 'black and decker 710 planer parts' You can find an exploded diagram that will show if you have missed a screw, a good diagram will also show any catches and where they are.
Thanks for that - I will have a look.
However, I finally found the "hidden screw" - it is well hidden in a deep recess under the motor cover! Once that was out, getting the cable changed was easy; it is so old it even had screw terminals for the wires!
Nevertheless, putting the thing back together was a pain as I could'nt get the brushes held in the retracted position until I discovered that the motor bearing was removable.
Now working fine, and the much longer cable was a real boon (as were the TC-tipped blades I got from B&Q !)