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Forum topic by Towtruck posted 03-17-2012 03:22 PM 1569 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Towtruck

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03-17-2012 03:22 PM

Does anyone have an opinion on Groz hand and block planes? Been thinking I’d like to invest in a block plane, found this ad, but don’t think I’ve ever heard of Gorz.

-- I cut it off 3 times and it's still too short!


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Bill White

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#1 posted 03-17-2012 03:53 PM

Not extreme quality, but can be made to work.
Bill

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 03-17-2012 04:13 PM

I think the adjustable mouth with a 13.5degree angle blade would be better and more versatile.

Good luck on your decision.

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#3 posted 03-17-2012 06:25 PM

I’ve avoided them. My perception is that better quality tools will be easier to tune and use.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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David Kirtley

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#4 posted 03-17-2012 08:40 PM

The only caveats: If you are going to get out your machinist squares and expect them to be within 0.001% of square, give them a pass. The difference between a $15 plane and a $150 plane will be in the machining precision and how well tuned it is to start with. Even some vintage planes can be just as ratty as these.

If you are interested in tuning up a plane and saving your money, they are just fine. At $36 for the woodcraft set for the #4 and a low angle block, I really don’t see how you can go wrong. A new Stanley low angle block plane itself goes for $36. Like waho6o9 said, get the adjustable mouth. If I were in the market for a metal block plane and smoother, I wouldn’t hesitate. I think that they are a great value for what they are and how well they would tune up.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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Towtruck

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#5 posted 03-17-2012 09:46 PM

Appreciate the info. Woodcraft has a deal on the 220 that sold for $36 discounted to $17 ,clearance item.
The planes I have are all Stanley, 1-#3, 1#5 and 1 bullnose rabbet ( made in England).
Maybe I’ll wait till I see a Stanley that I can’t live without.

-- I cut it off 3 times and it's still too short!

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HamS

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#6 posted 03-17-2012 10:33 PM

I’ll let you know what I think in three or four days. Mine is supposed to be delivered on Mondey. I bought the woodcraft set of the #4 and the low angle block plane.

I suspect they will be like a $15 bottle of wine. It is perfectly good and does the job just fine. I don’t really need to taste the $300 bottle, unless I can talk someone into paying and that is not likely to happen. I am probably never going to get a $350 plane so I will never know what I am missing.

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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