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Don W

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#1 posted 02-26-2012 10:11 PM

I don’t disagree with much of what Kenny said, but I think it need to be expanded on. I have an LN #62 and agree its a great plane. If you have the disposable income to invest that kind of money, its a great choice. I disagree though that its a complete replacement for bevel down planes. There is a reason the bevel down planes are the most widely manufactured.

I also hate changing blades constantly. True, its a personal preference, so its everybodies choice. I like to get my planes set where they work well and leave them until they need sharpening again. True, its less important for the bevel up planes, but its still a hassle to me.

A new #62 will cost about $230, then add another $60 or so for a different blade and you can pretty much have a complete set of vintage stanleys.

I’m not disagreeing that its certainly and option, I’m just saying it wouldn’t be my first choice.

When I first started all of this, I couldn’t afford the #62, my kids education came first. Now that that’s paid for (well almost) i can afford the nice new shiny LN #62.

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