|Review by shipwright||posted 02-06-2013 11:13 PM||5717 views||2 times favorited||21 comments|
- Harbor Freight #4 Jack and Mini Plane Set, item#92553
- Brand: Harbor Freight | Category: Hand Planes
Sometimes I just can’t resist. If this plane set had been real junk, I’d have been out $11.99….............so I decided to live dangerously …. after all, I’m not even that much of a hand tool guy. I took the big chance and used a coupon and brought it home. I’m only reviewing the #4 here because the little block plane really is just silly.
Out of the bubble pack, with the copious oil removed, it actually cut and was sort of sharp. To me the test of a hand plane is how sharp can you get it and how long will it hold the edge….. so I gave it a preliminary sharpening, meaning about fifteen minutes on diamond stones, fine paper and a buffer.. just to polish the edge.
I haven’t had it long enough to pass judgement on how long it can hold the edge, but the sharpness I was able to achieve was impressive (to me at least). I planed the edge of a piece of 2” cherry and got a polished shine in a few fairly effortless strokes. It is a surface that feels glassy and I would not want to use sandpaper coarser than 320 on it , if I were to sand it at all.
It has a nice weight and feels better in my largeish hands that their smaller #33 that I bought last year. The fit and finish, plastic tote and knob, cheap adjusters and the fact that I haven’t really had it long enough to do a serious review are the reasons it doesn’t get more stars. The price and the smooth piece of cherry are why it gets as many as it does.
I would not recommend it for a hand tool lover, because it’s not really very lovable but for the practical part time hand tool user who is interested in how it works more than how it looks, it’s a bargain at under fifteen dollars and it will get the job done surprisingly well.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/