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Forum topic by ToddJB posted 08-10-2012 08:26 PM 997 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-10-2012 08:26 PM

Hey There,

When it comes to the standard, run of the mill, old Stanley Hand plane. Like a 4-7. What is an average price for one that is fully functional but needs some love? I see people go hog wild on rare ones, but what is too much for to pay for someone who is just getting into this game?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#1 posted 08-10-2012 08:44 PM

Prices are all over the place on ebay but I will give you a really good idea of what you will expect to pay for a decent old Stanley plane.

These prices do not factor in what someone may be charging for shipping.

#4- should be able to get a good one for 20.00 or less

#5- again 20.00 or less

#6- 30.00 or less

#7- Probably looking at least 40.00 for a decent one but that would be a good deal. I would expect to pay 50+ for a decent #7

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#2 posted 08-10-2012 08:50 PM

Let me re-phrase my last comment…

I have a ton of planes and I will base this on what I have paid for mine… For a decent working Stanley plane if I were you,

I wouldn’t spend more then 30.00 on a #4 or #5

I wouldn’t spend more then 40 on a #6 and I wouldn’t spend more then 70.00 on a #7…

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#3 posted 08-10-2012 09:49 PM

This story isn’t really about hand planes, but it serves to illustrate why it can be difficult to answer this question. This is a true story.

As I have mentioned in other places, my wife and I like to take a day once in a while and drive to one of the larger towns that are within an hour or so, and go the the flea markets and antique stores. In one particular town, we stopped at one store that was a used book store. We also stopped at one of the flea markets with rented booth space, and then later at one of the nice more “upscale” antique shops. It just so happened that all three of these places were selling a set of those old Time-Life books about the old west. In one place, that set of books was selling for about $15 or $20. In another, it was marked at about $50, and in the last place it was at around $150!

All three sets were in about the same condition, but the prices varied because each place had its own expected clientele and knew (or at least thought they knew) what they could expect to get out of the books. I expect plane prices are about the same, and that is why if you look around this site you will find widely varying prices that people pay, anywhere from a few dollars at a yard sale all the way up to what (to me seem like) outrageous prices from some online sellers.

I have to admit I have been waiting a year for a good chance to tell that story. :)

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#4 posted 08-11-2012 12:43 PM

An AWFUL lot depends on where you are. Seriously. I’m in the Northeast and I wouldn’t consider paying $30 for a #4 that needed work. I’m lucky in that there are a lot of old tools available in this area. I know guys in the Southwest that would consider themselves lucky to even find a plane at a garage sale. I guess my point is that its hard to tell you what you should expect to pay for tools because your location plays a big part in that. The prices that Dan mentioned are almost what I sell tuned planes for.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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