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Posted on Should i get a lee valley low angle jack or lie-neilson low angle jack?

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#1 posted 10-25-2012 12:50 AM

I have the Lee-Valley LA jack…and love it. The machining is excellent and the design solid. I especially like the side set screws that keep the blade from shifting all around. Before I properly adjusted the set screws, the blade would go out of square when I shot end grain. But after I set them, bingo. I’ve been getting square edges on my shooting board ever since. And wafer-thin shavings.

I originally bought this as my dedicated shooting plane. But I also use it in various situations. Like when I use dovetail joints for a box and want to smooth the ends flush. The LA jack is excellent at bringing the tail end grain flush to the face.

I like the look of the LN better, especially the tote and knob. That said, while the LV LA jack’s tote is not aesthetically pleasing, it is functional. It feels solid in use, probably due to the two rods that run through it instead of the one my SBs have.

I also have the Lee-Valley 3/4” shoulder plane and the Lee-Valley scrub plane. They have all impressed me with their quality. I also love that Lee-Valley is continuing the tool industry tradition of constant innovation, meaning they conceive, design, implement, test, and patentt new designs. Like side set screws. While I love the tradition, quality and beauty of the Lie-Nielson products to my knowledge they haven’t patented any new design features. Lee-Valley has.

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