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tsdahc

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819 days ago

So amazon has this plane on sale right now for $109 and free shipping, anyone have any thoughts if its worth $110? Up till now all my planes are Veritas purchased used of CL and Ebay. I currently have a shoulder plane, low angle block plain, low langle smoother and a #6 flore plane. The other thing is I dont know if I really need a jack plane, but I feel it could be more useful shooting miters etc than the block. I dont know if the LA smoother would work, I dont have it in my shop yet, still waiting for it to ship. Any advice on the stanley would be appreciated, like I said I like the veritas but at close to triple the price, is it really worth it.


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David Craig

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#1 posted 819 days ago

Based on reviews I have read on Amazon, largest complaints were that the japanning is not done well, more like paint, and it seems to be peeling off for users shortly after purchase. The other concern is that Stanley has been using Aluminum for the cap irons. While I haven’t heard of them slipping, there were numerous raised concerns on whether this will hold up to long term use. Most of the complaints are cosmetic, but I personally would think the good folks at Stanley would have given some thought on how they presented their re-issue of the Sweetheart line. Folks were generally pleased with the blade that came with the plane and the flatness of the sole, stating that it did not require much tune up in that area. A Veritas is twice the sale price of the Stanley. I guess you would have to decide whether the difference is worth the cosmetic issues. The price isn’t bad for new and the Bevel Up plane offers much diversity not found in the older planes.

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Brandon

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#2 posted 819 days ago

I purchased one a couple of months ago. To be honest, I haven’t used it too much, but it does perform pretty well. I haven’t even sharpened the iron yet. In addition to the comments that David made, I have heard of people complaining that the iron doesn’t bed well in the sole, but this definitely isn’t an issue with mine. For the price, I think it’s a pretty good plane and if you find that there’s something wrong with it, you can send it back.

Dan wrote a good review of it here: http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/2669

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crank49

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#3 posted 819 days ago

I got one last year for $90, I think, from Highland Woodworking.
I was not real happy with the aluminum “cap iron”, but it seems to work okay.
Blade was fine, but I’m not sure where and how to get other blades at different bevel angles.
I wished I had a Veritas because LeeValley is so good for support and just nice folks to do business with.
Still, for the price, it is a pretty good plane.
Comfortable to grip and work with.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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sikrap

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#4 posted 819 days ago

I would opt for the Veritas. Yes, its twice the price, but if you decide to sell it down the road, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get at least 80% of the money back. You’ll also have a much better plane.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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tsdahc

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#5 posted 818 days ago

I think Ill save a little more and get the veritas. I have 4 of their planes right now and think theyre excellent tools. Now I just need to get a suitable workbench as my fatmax sawhorses and MDF top just dont cut it. Tried to smooth out some bloodwood today and almost knocked over my “workbench”

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ShipWreck

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#6 posted 818 days ago

I own the new SW 60 1/2. It is a OK plane, but can be a real PITA is you are not careful when adjusting. If you want better overall quality, go with the Veritas. I am posting a review on the 60 1/2 shortly.

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