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#1 posted 10-15-2012 03:21 PM

Here’s my two cents (or $200)... I’ve got an old Record #4 (basically the same as a Stanley) and a Veritas BU smoother. I paid $20 for the Record and $219 for the Veritas.

They both do a great job of smoothing.

The Veritas is “nicer” both in looks/feel (personal preference) and features (set screws to prevent lateral blade movement, for example). Is it $200 nicer? For me, it was. But that’s mostly because I like to buy shiny new tools. The reality is that the $20 Record plane does everything I would need a smoothing plane to do.

I like the Veritas bevel up planes for a couple of reasons. 1) No frog adjustments = simpler set-up (I know, it’s not that difficult to fettle a standard bench plane, but still…) and 2) I also own the Veritas LA jack and jointer planes, which use the same blades as the BU smoother. That means I only needed to buy one high angle (50 deg) blade and one toothed blade, and those blades fit all three planes.

Not sure if any of that helps you at all, but good luck with your decision!

-- John, BC, Canada


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