|Review by mcase||posted 12-14-2012 07:37 PM||2860 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
I always feel bad recommending a restaurant to a friend and then they change the chef or something and the foods horrible. This is sort of in the same vein. In the past, I highly recommended the Woodriver V3 planes. I own three Woodriver V3s , #4,#5, and #6, which are just fine. They ARE nice planes and I enjoy using them very much. However, I recently went to purchase a #3. I really wanted a #3 Woodriver, but I had to put it back. Turns out that whoever makes these planes ground the chip breakers far too short. You can only set the chip breaker to within about an 1/8th to 5/16ths of the edge. Any closer and the blade cannot be extended passed the sole far enough to cut. I looked at several #3s and they all had this DEFECT. I emailed Woodcraft and asked if there was another lot or a new shipment that would not have this defect. I was told it was not defect. Oh really? I never had a plane before where you couldn’t bring the chip breaker right up to the edge of the blade if you wanted. Where have I been for the last thirty years in wood working? I always thought I could set the chip breaker where I like it. All my old Stanleys allow this. All my previous Woodrivers allowed it too. I have nothing against Woodcraft, but I was disappointed that they went into denial about this problem. As I mentioned I have the #4,#5 and #6 and am very happy with them. Hopefully the newest batch of these #s doesn’t have the same defect as the #3s. I don’t know. So, if you are in the market for a Woodriver you may want to check the chip breaker before leaving the store. As for the #3, If you don’t mind not being able to set the chipbreaker close, this plane is a good plane in other respects and it’s certainly a good price. Maybe they will get the next bunch right, but for now they don’t seem to care. In the end, I broke down and bought a # 3 Lie Nilesen which I will review next.