|Review by KenBry||posted 06-06-2012 04:45 AM||10321 views||0 times favorited||32 comments|
This is my first Woodriver plane and I am impressed. I needed a #7 jointer plane because I am building a woodworkers bench. I already have a Stanley Bailey #7 but really wanted a tool with a stiffer blade than the stanley. I tried the IBC in my Stanley and had some issues. Unfortunatly when Stanley built their planes back in the day they didn’t stick to specs very well.
I needed a plane that is going to take use and be able to take replacment parts when the time comes. So I went shopping. I was looking at the Lie Nielsen #7 but my normal shoping place has them on back order. Veratis doesn’t offer a #7 jointer plane. Then I was told about the Woodriver #7. I watched the video on Rob Cosman’s web site and thought… Well….. I can always return it if I’m not happy.
For those who don’t know Woodriver is sold by Woodcraft this plane is sold for $305. Also this #7 has only been available for a short time.
I took it out and checked it for square with an engineers square. It was perfect all the way around. I looked at the blade and it appeared to be pretty sharp. So I figure lets take it for a spin straight out of the box. It cut the wood pretty good straight out of the box. I managed to get some of my bench flattened and thought I needed to share my experence with you guys.
The handles are bubinga and beautiful, the base is as smooth as glass and the finish all the way around is equal to my LN planes. Overall I’m impressed and for the savings of approx $100 over a LN I guess I am pretty happy.
The one and only reason I gave this item 4 stars instead of 5. It’s made in China.
I really had to think about why I even considered 1 star less for an item made in China. I did some soul searching to figure out why I believed this item deserved less than 5 stars. Well, I think I have a fair answer for you guys.
The reason is this: When the day comes to sell this plane, people will not pay the high resale price for something made outside the USA/Canada. Resale value is very important to me in everything I buy. If I bought a LN plane they resell on E-bay for as close to $20 retail price + Shipping. It’s an amazing thing to watch and it’s in part the reason I own many LN planes. In this case I don’t think I would be able to resell this tool for anything close to its retail price. I would take a bigger loss on it and I think people wouldn’t pay that high resale price… Because it is made in China.
-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.