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Forum topic by exelectrician posted 02-18-2012 07:35 PM 3227 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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exelectrician

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02-18-2012 07:35 PM

Hi guys I picked up four No5 planes and wondered if the Aluminium totes

are rare or not?

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself


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#1 posted 02-18-2012 07:39 PM

I wouldn’t say that they’re super rare. There are three on ebay at the moment:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=stanley+aluminum+handle&_sacat=13870&LH_Auction=1&_odkw=stanley+aluminum+handle&_osacat=13870&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313

Of course they’re nice because they’re virtually indestructible, just not as pretty as the rosewood.

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#2 posted 02-19-2012 01:35 AM

They are not really rare. i’ve got 2 or 3 in my parts box. You will see them on 5 1/4 stanleys quit a bit. I’ve got 2 – 5 1/4 with the same tote.

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#3 posted 02-19-2012 01:49 AM

I have never seen this! Apparently its not rare but I personaly havent come across these. Very interesting though. Does it feel much different then a regular wooden tote? Do you have any idea what the patten date is?

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#4 posted 02-19-2012 03:20 AM

The aluminium is icy cold to the touch ( my shop hovers around 50F) so they have to go – I have one on eBay right now, I will see what happens, the bid starts at $0.99

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#5 posted 02-19-2012 03:52 AM

I have one as well, too cold for this time of year. It spends its time in a parts box.

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#6 posted 02-19-2012 01:36 PM

The story I heard was they were put on the 5 1/4 because it was meant for students. I have seen it on #5s as well. They were suppose to be indestructible. I agree with you guys, they don’t have the warm feel of a nice oil finished rosewood.

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