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Forum topic by BurlyBob posted 09-05-2015 12:18 AM 901 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2015 12:18 AM

I was at a flea market earlier today and saw an Ohio #4 hand plane. The guy wanted $10. I past it up as I have two # 4’s and three # 4 1/2’s. I have a pretty good knowledge of Stanley’s but that Ohio, I had no idea about. I can still go back and get it. Where I live very few people are interested it that sort of thing. Is it worth my time and money or not. It’s not like I need a lower grade hand plane. I’ve over a dozen Stanley on my bench waiting for some attention.

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#1 posted 09-05-2015 12:46 AM

If it was me, I’d snag it in a heartbeat. Definitely would not consider it a “lower grade”. Ohio Tool planes are every bit as good of quality as Stanley’s of the same era, but since they aren’t as well known, don’t tend to sell for quite as much. Even if you don’t want to keep it, for $10 it’s an easy flip to someone who would use it.

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#2 posted 09-05-2015 01:44 AM

This may help, found this history on line. The Ohio tools are made very well, I have a good number of them in my chest. Number 4 should go for around 35.00 in good condition.
The Ohio Tool Company was founded in Columbus Ohio in 1851 by Peter Hayden, of P. Hayden & Co. which had been doing business since 1842, and various associates. The company continued P. Hayden & Company’s tradition of often using prison labor for the production of tools. They used imprison labor from 1841 to 1880 when the use of prison labor stopped. In 1893 the company merged with the Auburn Tool Company of New York, themselves a frequent employer of prison labor. In 1913 the Ohio factory was destroyed by a flood. A new factory was opened in Charleston, WV the following year. The company ceased business in 1920.

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#3 posted 09-05-2015 01:46 AM

I’ve got an Ohio #5 with a tapered iron that I really like.

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#4 posted 09-05-2015 02:29 AM

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#5 posted 09-05-2015 04:25 AM

Clark, Thanks for the history. It’s always interesting to learn the history of tools and their manufacturers. I may run back up there tomorrow and dicker with the guy. I appreciate all the information and advice you folks have given me.

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#6 posted 09-05-2015 12:13 PM

Here is some history I put together

I agree with JayT. I’d have picked it up as well.

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