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Blog entry by EarlIII posted 04-13-2017 03:04 PM 816 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently purchased a plane on ebay and to be very honest I haven’t a clue as to the maker. I sam hoping to get some help from someone who knows more about hand planes than I do. On the plane body onj the mouth behind the iron the number 7 is stamped. Then behind the frog ant in front of the handle in this order starting at the frog is the letter U in a circle then made in the USA and then behind that is the number 8 just in front of the handle. I’m going to try and post some pictures.

-- Earl



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#1 posted 04-13-2017 03:10 PM

Do you have pics of the rest of the plane?

The numbers would most likely have been for internal use by the manufacturer, designating something like what production line a piece came off of. Pics of the frog, iron and other pieces may give a better clue as to who the manufacturer was.

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#2 posted 04-13-2017 03:41 PM

I will show more.

-- Earl

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#3 posted 04-13-2017 05:58 PM

Looks like a Pexto to me. I think there were others with that used similar construction, but Pexto is the one I’ve seen the most.

Hate to tell you, but the stamped steel frog and cap are signs of a lower quality tool (good quality planes have cast iron parts). I’ve heard of some people being able to make those work and heard a lot of other stories about it being an exercise in futility. Hopefully you will fall in the former category. Best of luck.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 04-13-2017 06:25 PM

I bought one like that from e-bay. Seller made false claims about the item. Through the plan forum LJ’s I found out that it was/is the worst plane ever produced in the US. I only paid $5.00 for it. Since it was so bad I decided to keep it so that it would go on the market again. Later I checked the iron and found it to be an antic worth about $ 35.00. So I came out OK.

—Madts.

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#5 posted 04-13-2017 10:33 PM

Well it definitely is a Pexto Wood Plane and I’m really happy I didn’t pay more than the $19.40 I spent for it. I bought a Companion handyman plane for less than what i spent for the Pexto and it was only 2.99 plus 10.48 shipping. You can see why the Pexto isn’t a good plane compared to my Companion plane.Thanks everyone for all of the help.

-- Earl

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