Stanley 60 1/2 troubleshooting help

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Forum topic by ballan13 posted 12-03-2016 05:26 PM 731 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2016 05:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stanley 60 12 block plane

I recently purchased this 60 1/2 on the eBay for about $50 including the shipping. Thankfully I ha da gift card so it only cost me $25. Any way it had appeared in great condition online and still seems so in person… mostly. There are a few noticeable issues that won’t affect the planes performance but are a little troubling like the handygrip impressions aren’t the same size and the lever cap has an awkward shape from the casting. The main problem is that when I attempt to lock in the lever cap it just pops back off the screw. I noticed that the raised portion of the casting around the key hole isn’t all there and I’m curious if that is the problem. If so would it solve the issue if I ground off the rest of that raised border so the screw would seat properly? Any advice I could get from you guys would be a great help.

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#1 posted 12-03-2016 07:17 PM

If you can grind the raised piece perfectly flat it will probably fit the problem, but for $50, if you can get you’re money back, that would be my suggestion.

Unless you know somebody who is a machinist, there isn’t much you can easily do about the easy grip. The cordovan colored Stanley’s weren’t there best product.

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#2 posted 12-04-2016 05:12 AM

That’s on the high end for a untuned block plane on ebay. How much would you lose if you return it?

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#3 posted 12-04-2016 01:53 PM

Do you mean when you move the lever, the cap backs up out of where it is and then the screw head goes through the larger part of the hole? I’m having trouble picturing how that would happen with that small differential in that broken rim. If you hold the cap firmly in place when you tighten the lever, does the same thing still happen? I would consider returning it too if it was described as being in working order.

Does make me wonder how they make the easy grip. I suppose a guiding wheel of the right radius and curvature would work.

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#4 posted 12-04-2016 02:55 PM

On BOTH of the Cordovan planes I have, the handi-grip is different, as they fit a thumb on one side, and a fingerTIP on the other..

My two. A 9-1/4 and a 60-1/2. The 60-1/2 came with it’s own box..

main difference between the two is in the width. The 60-1/2 cap iron..

is narrower than the 9-1/4’s, otherwise, they look alike.

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