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Forum topic by therookie posted 12-22-2010 12:04 AM 1188 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2010 12:04 AM

I was buzzing through my local craigslist and found three stanley planes for sale, but dont know if they are a good deal.

They are as follows: NO. 5c NO. 4 NO.110

The guy selling them wants $50 dollars but I dont know if that is a good deal or not. I was thinking $35 or $40.


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#1 posted 12-22-2010 12:09 AM

as with anything it depends on condition but $50 for all three is a little high. You can find decent No 5 and 4’s for $10.00 if you look hard enough. No 110 is worth $5.00

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#2 posted 12-22-2010 01:18 AM

Age and lineage are factors too. Stanley had some generic econo planes in addition to their Bailey and Bedrock lines…they also had the Handyman line, and the Defiance line that tended to be less prestigious (and less valuable) than their Bailey and Bedrock counterparts. Plus some types of the Baileys are worth more than others. Bedrock is their best line, but those numbers don’t indicate that they’re from that line. Prewar Baileys tend to be worth more than postwar. The 5”c” indicates that it has a corrugated bottom. Pics would help a lot. has some useful typing info.

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#3 posted 12-22-2010 01:25 AM

Takel a look on e bay and that might help with plane prices. If these are average planes they seem about $20to high.

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#4 posted 12-22-2010 02:29 AM

I have bought quite a few Stanley planes of late. If the 5C is a Bailey or Bedrock (in your dreams) and is in decent shape, then it alone is probably worth the 50 dollars. About the same story for the No. 4, but they generally go for lower around $30.00. The 110 is mostly worthless. It was and always will be a cheap block plane. If the planes are the HandyMan series, they are not worth much at all, but those numbers almost certainly are for Bailey planes as the Bedrock planes had numbers like 605c or 604 and the Handyman planes have a 4 digit number. If it were me, I would offer the guy $40 and tell him to keep the 110.


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#5 posted 12-23-2010 05:11 PM

About a month ago i bought a #4, #5 and a block plane on ebay for $12, with shipping it was $25. so a little overpriced.

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#6 posted 12-23-2010 07:17 PM

therookie—Assuming the planes are not in poor condition, $50 is not a bad price. If they are post-WWII Bailey’s, I wouldn’t go much higher than that, but if the package includes any older Bedrock’s, it could be a steal. I would take a look at them … pay close attention to the sole (is it pitted, flat, etc.) and really scrutinize the castings. If you see any cracks or welds where they have been repaired, save your money and keep shopping.


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