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Josh

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06-10-2010 08:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question plane

A local classified ad has 3 fulton planes for $25. I don’t know anything about planes. I’ve been trying to read up on all the great information here but I’m curious what ya’ll think. Is it an okay deal or is it a waste of time?

Right now I have a block plane and that’s it. I’d like to get a bench plane or something that I can use flatten out high points or plane down laminated pieces of wood. Will these do the trick?

Here's the link=

And if you live in Utah, don’t go and steel these out from under me if this is a good deal :)

-- Josh, South Jordan Utah


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#1 posted 06-10-2010 08:11 PM

Good luck on those planes

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#2 posted 06-10-2010 08:30 PM

It’s hard to tell from those pics, but they should be worth the $25 asking price. From the description it sounds like a #4 (...possibly a #3), #5 jack plane, and #6 fore plane. They look fairly old, likely prewar, and should clean up nicely. Get ‘em sharpened and give it a whirl. Just the experience should be worth $25, and the plane’s should do well too. Definitely worth a look if it’s not too far to drive.

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#3 posted 06-10-2010 08:38 PM

Fulton planes depending on their age were largely Stanley knockoffs sold through Sears as their “sub – craftsman” line. Provided they are still sound (not cracked or have screws stripped, or badly rusted) they could be a great set of planes. For $25 I snatch them up without a second thought unless they were all busted.

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#4 posted 06-10-2010 08:42 PM

I believe that Fulton was a cover brand that was made by Sargent (a decent respectable name)

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#5 posted 06-11-2010 04:19 AM

Please tell me you got them. :)

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#6 posted 06-11-2010 05:07 PM

So missed out on the set of 3 yesterday. DOH!!!!!

So here’s plan B, what do ya’ll think of this stanely#6 for $15?

-- Josh, South Jordan Utah

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#7 posted 06-11-2010 07:02 PM

That one looks a lot rougher, and will take a lot of work. The rust is much deeper. If you could get it for $5-$10 it might be an interesting restoration project, but don’t sweat it if you don’t feel up to it or miss out. I’d honestly rather pay $30+ for one in better shape with better bones to start.

Here are a couple of #6 that I picked up for ~ $40:

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#8 posted 06-11-2010 07:18 PM

I agree with knotscott. That one looks like it would have some pretty deep pitting. ... though tossed in a bucket of evaporust for a while it would brighten up. The sole doesn’t have to be smooth, just flat so some pitting on the sole would not be a huge problem. You would probably need to put an aftermarket blade in it though.. so then your cost starts rising.

Sorry you missed out on the other set. That was a sweet deal.

These planes are everywhere, so there is no need to jump at a overly rusted one …especially for your first forray into planes.

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#9 posted 06-11-2010 07:34 PM

I have found many gems in amongst some of the garbage at yard/garage sales. Most of the items in advertisements online…etc…are taken before I can even think about buying them – especially if they are good deals. In the last few yard sales I visited….I found some very nice vintage tools that I am restoring (some for decoration (I like to restore and hang antique tools in my shop and office) and some for use (I have several restored planes, shaves, adzes and chisels).

So do not lose hope…there are tons of good deals out there…I have a different set of evaluations for tools I look at….if I want them for use then they must be physically sound and lack any defects that would require replacing major items. For decorative pieces…I am only looking for items that have some sort of eye appeal…and are not so banged up that the original form is lost.

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#10 posted 06-11-2010 07:37 PM

thanks everyone for the input. I suppose I’ll just keep looking around until I can find another decent deal.

I’m still bummed that I didn’t land those planes yesterday.

-- Josh, South Jordan Utah

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#11 posted 06-11-2010 07:51 PM

I have refurbished some Stanley bailey, but not like that #6 don’t buy it, I agree with knotscot

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