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Forum topic by Estley posted 08-17-2010 08:32 PM 5301 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2010 08:32 PM

what is the difference between Stanley, Stanley Bailey, and Stanley Sweetheart? I was looking for planes online and the price differences caught my eye….

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#1 posted 08-17-2010 09:18 PM

alot of it depends on what year the plane was made, that is why they have different names. the baileys are my personal favorite.

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#2 posted 08-17-2010 09:19 PM

It really depends on the era they’re from, and with well over 100 years behind them, there are loads of exceptions. Many of the pre-WWII types are pretty well regarded, including some that had the SW moniker. The better Stanleys were the Bedrock, then the Bailey lines. AFAIK, the older Sweethearts were part of the Bailey line. The newer Sweetheart line is getting mixed reviews. Be aware that Stanley did offer other economy lines…Handyman, Defiance, plain Stanley, and likely others. has some good typing info on Stanley planes.

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#3 posted 08-18-2010 02:02 PM

knotscott, rexmill has them listed as type 1, 2 ect. Which ones are known as “Bedrocks”? & “Baileys”?

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#4 posted 08-18-2010 02:18 PM

It will say bedrock or bailey on the plane.

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#5 posted 08-18-2010 03:45 PM

The bedrocks are a different number instead of a number 4 smoother it will be 604, a No5 Jack will be 605, a #7 jointer will be 607…

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#6 posted 08-18-2010 07:58 PM

Here are a few pics that show some of the various lines from different eras:

Stanley Handyman:

Here’s a fairly modern non-Bailey economy “Stanley” #5:

Here’s a Bailey Type 13 “Sweetheart” circa 1927 (note the Sweetheart logo at the top of the blade):

Here’s a Stanley Bedrock circa 1914 – 1918: (Note the flat top of the sides…not all Bedrocks have this, but many do)

Here’s a Stanley Defiance made during the WWII era – Note the plastic blade adjustment knob.

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#7 posted 08-18-2010 08:46 PM

Man, that Sweatheart is in good nick! These planes belong to you knotscot?

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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