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Forum topic by CookCrafted posted 03-31-2016 12:25 AM 799 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2016 12:25 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hand plan

A woodworker I know is willing to sell both of these planes. I am looking for a Decent smoothing plane and wondering which one would be better to buy off this guy.

Millers Fall 900 or Stanley #4

Thanks for your input in advance!


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#1 posted 03-31-2016 12:38 AM

Appear to be about the same condition. Appears the Millers Falls has a 2-3/8 inch blade, equivalent to a 4 1/2, which I prefer. If they are about the same money I would go for the Millers Falls. Others may have specific knowledge of this particular model of Millers Falls and recommend against it. The 900 model was considered kind of an economy model

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#2 posted 03-31-2016 12:53 AM

I think you need them both.

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#3 posted 03-31-2016 01:22 AM

I also would get both.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#4 posted 03-31-2016 01:26 AM

The Millers falls 900 was a 2” wide iron plane, looks like the Stanley is a #3 sized plane…..get them both.

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#5 posted 03-31-2016 01:30 AM

Both

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#6 posted 03-31-2016 09:17 PM

Whats a fair price for me to offer him for them? He told me to make an offer…

Also, I’m new to this forum. It is laid out different that other forums I use. Is there a place to buy and sell tools etc?

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#7 posted 03-31-2016 09:27 PM

I vote “both” too. What’s his asking price/s??

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#8 posted 03-31-2016 09:37 PM

Thinking ..$35 for the pair of them?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#9 posted 03-31-2016 10:24 PM

Bill, where in Central NY? I grew up next to Keuka Lake.

Ethan

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#10 posted 03-31-2016 10:28 PM

Bandit’s number is reasonable. Hard to say what your seller feels they’re worth, though. Let us know what he says!

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#11 posted 04-03-2016 04:59 PM

First, I think the Stanley is a #3, and having the original box increases the value of the Millers Falls. Both are of a later vintage, but either will make a decent user with some tuning.

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#12 posted 04-18-2016 04:55 PM

I’m a Millers Falls guy I love them and I don’t particularly like the 900. Since it has the original box I’d own it but just to put with it’s other brothers and sisters in box. You could make it a good user but Ive personally found that that specific vintage isn’t as good. I’d pick up the No. 3 Stanley for a user and throw out a low number for the 900 if the number stuck I’d own it if not I’d pass. Good luck!

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