Some of you might have read my review on the Stanley Sweetheart no 9 1/2 block plane. I wasn’t very kind and rightfully so. The plane had great promise but was totally ruined by bad quality control..
But a few days ago I read David Craig’s very positive review of the no 60 1/2 block plane which was downright glowing. I also read a blog entry by Woodworking Magazines editor Christopher Schwartz in which he stated he was in the beginning stages of testing an improved version of the plane. He said, The Stanley planes look about 100 times better
So I sent and inquiry to Stanley, through Facebook, asking if there was a way to identify these improved planes. Unfortunately there wasn’t any method but I was surprised that within a week I found myself on a conference call speaking with the project manager of Hand Planes for Stanley.
He said that he read my original review and confessed that there had been some quality control issues at their plant in Mexico. He then promised me that those issues had been corrected. He even offered me a Stanley No. 62 low angle jack plane to review.
It was at least five seconds before I finally thanked him and turned down the sample. But I was very much impressed with Stanley’s response. So tonight I ordered a brand new Stanley no 62 low angle jack plane. I plan to put this one through its paces and give another complete review.
BTW, I got it off Amazon.com for $151.87. That’s a pretty good discount off the original price. The have all of the Stanley Sweetharts discounted right now.
I’ve got Amazon Prime, so I should get this plane on Monday or Tuesday. I’ll let ya’ll know how it goes….