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01-27-2008 08:17 AM

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Heya all

I’m looking to buy a cheapish plane, something less than $50 ideally. Initially I think i’ll just be using it to clean up mitres and edges for picture frames.

I’m looking at this, or something similar.

What do people think, I’m I better off trying to pick up a $50 second hand plane, or get a cheaper new one for around that price, any recommendations for my price point?



-- Perth, Australia

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#1 posted 01-27-2008 08:26 AM

For the price, you’d have to tune a new plane just as extensively as you would an old…so I say go for an old #4

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 01-27-2008 11:37 AM

Get the old one and tune it up. Expect to become obsessed with plane restoration. Someone referred to it as ‘the slippery slope.’

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#3 posted 01-27-2008 01:20 PM

You can get some real bargains from Ebay on tools. You might want to look at the Tomcat1066 posts. He has been buying several planes from Ebay.

I agree with rikkor. Once you get started here there is no turning back. It does become addictive.

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#4 posted 01-27-2008 03:44 PM


I just bought a Stanley Bailey #4 from Ebay. It did not really require much tuning and it is working very nicely. I recently wrote about it on my blog. Look here for the post.

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#5 posted 01-27-2008 03:46 PM

By the time you get that one and pay the shipping you may be better off with a Groz or Anant plane from India.

They are well made and the only drawback I have found with them is that they could use a better blade.
Those are available at Lie Neilson, Lee Valley and Hock.

I just put an A2 replacement blade in my #6 Groz yesterday and man is it sweet now.


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#6 posted 01-27-2008 10:33 PM

I got all old Type11 planes from Ebay, That one looks like a deal except shipping will kill you.
I’d keep looking especally #4’s are common on Ebay.
Don’t forget craiglist.


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#7 posted 01-28-2008 02:32 PM

Thanks for the advice folks. Was bidding on 3 different ones tonight (2 stanleys, 1 record) then 2 hours before the end of the auction was invited to go to a bbq/fishing with kids event. Lost all the auctions, one of them by $2!! Grrrr. oh well, next time.

I’ll have a look on craigslist, but I don’t think there is a whole lot on there for us Aussies.

-- Perth, Australia

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#8 posted 01-28-2008 04:00 PM

Sorry you are in Australia, I guess I should read the whole post, disrgaurd the shipping remark. but keep looking there always on Ebay.


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#9 posted 01-29-2008 01:29 AM


I know what you mean. I found a great 4 1/2 in Australia. I finally decided I had to have it…Only $28.00 on the bay…well, with shipping, it was $87.00!!! Learned my lesson the hard way, but it is kind of cool knowing I have an Australian Stanley Bailey plane. Anyway, good luck. Go with the old Stanleys. You won’t have any problem with that budget.

Take care.

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#10 posted 01-29-2008 10:58 AM

finally won one of them (two actually!)..

looks like it will take a little cleaning up (need to research that now), will hopefully turn out well though

-- Perth, Australia

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#11 posted 01-30-2008 03:12 AM

You should get a good user out of it!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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