|Forum topic by bbasiaga||posted 02-02-2016 11:56 PM||982 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
02-02-2016 11:56 PM
A recent thread in which I got a ton of great feedback on cleaning/cutting dados has sent me on the search for info about router planes. I am looking for some external opinions on what I have found. I’m trying to understand the value difference between two great tools, the Lie Nielsen router plane and the Veritas (LV) router plane, both in the No. 71 size range (not the smalls or the minis).
The Veritas comes with the fence two half inch cutters and a sharpening guide for $169. Additional blades are $15 each and are available in most fractional sizes up to 3/4”.
The LN comes with a fence and one blade for $140. The extra blades are $35, and there is no sharpening guide since these are 1 piece not 2 piece blades. The total to get the same two blades as the Veritas is then $175. There are fewer sizes of additional blades, and smaller blades require a $40 adapter.
There are a couple of direct questions I have that I have not been able to answer by reading reviews and watching Youtube.
1. Does the Veritas have a depth stop that is independent of the depth lock? the LN has this feature and it is clearly illustrated in their promo video. He is able to set a reference depth, lock the depth stop, then back off the blade for several shallower passes, knowing he is done when the depth stop doesn’t allow him to go any further. I’m not clear on if this feature exists on the Veritas.
2. Are the blades interchangeable between the two? I’m wondering how much of a limit the smaller selection at LN might be in the future. Right now I don’t think I need a bunch of sizes, but you always manage to find a way to expand a tool’s mission once you have it.
Right now it looks like the Veritas is a better overall system. Am I missing anything else in this analysis? But I’ve always wanted a LN tool too. And few are in my price range.
-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.