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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 12-05-2007 01:47 AM

I guess, if you are a collector you collect and if you are a user you use. If you are buying planes to use it doesn’t take long to tell which ones are collectible. A little study will go a long way. It never hurts to know that a Stanley #9 block plane is worth a lot of money and a 60 1/2 is not worth so much. Most people that use used planes will notice that the ones with big prices are not the ones to buy unless you are really up on values. I wouldn’t pass Up a #9 for $250 but I would pass up a 60 1/2 for $50. It certainly doesn’t take long to check to see if you have a rare plane by looking at a few books on the subject. If you are just using you don’t need that many planes to worry about. Another thing, if a plane is in need of that much work, it probably isn’t that collectible anyway.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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