Did Garrett Wade stop selling hand planes?

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Forum topic by Jonathan Szczepanski posted 06-24-2010 06:55 PM 1569 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jonathan Szczepanski

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06-24-2010 06:55 PM

I just went on Garrett Wades website to look at jack planes, and they only have four planes listed. Four. They have listed:
- Small Scale Woodworking Planes
- Lie-Nielsen Chisel Planes
- Lie-Nielsen Convex-Sole Plane
- Genuine 80+ Year-Old Antique English Wooden Molding Plane

Have they stop selling planes on their website – or worse yet – all together?


-- Jonathan

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#1 posted 06-24-2010 10:46 PM

They seem to be not carrying nearly as much as they used to in other areas as well. They used to have some really interesting stuff.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#2 posted 06-24-2010 11:31 PM

When I was in the Franklin TN Woodcraft late last month, they told me Lie-Nielsen would not sell to them anymore as Woodcraft had their own line of planes they were marketing as well. Perhaps the same scenario?

Not everyone can afford (or likes) the Lie planes, for me the smaller handles don’t fit in my big hand nicely, and the less expensive ones can always be fitted with a better grade of cutter…

Lee Valley still carries a good selection, including some newer models this year.

I am on the email list for Garrett Wade, and they help fill my inbox with some new offer each week, maybe they are in trouble…? Hope not.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#3 posted 06-25-2010 05:31 PM

As one of the owners of Garrett Wade (full discloser) I can assure you we aren’t “in trouble”. Though we do offer lots of special deals for email subscribers. (Not a plug -just the facts.)

We have stopped selling most hand planes (I remember fondly the days when we had 8-10 spreads in our catalog filled with planes). This is due mostly to lack of demand and a few manufacturers going out of business. Many of the planes we sold were made in England and Germany. Given the exchange rates in the last few years they got to be really pricey. Our customers didn’t seem interested in the less expensive Chinese & Indian made planes.


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