Stanley no.4, and Stanley no. 5

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Yesterday I picked up a no. 4 & 5 used Stanley plans for 40 dollars. Both are in good shape. No rust or abuse. The irons are straight have a pronounce angle with no chips. The edge will have to be sharpen (then so will new). So what do you think, deal, so so, taken? How much would you pay? Im new to the game of picking up used hand tools.

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#1 posted 724 days ago

I’d have to see them to form an opinion….got any pics?

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#2 posted 724 days ago

I’d say it’s a so so deal. Helps to see PICTURES!!!. My theory is to stay under $20 for any used handplane, unless specialty.

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#3 posted 724 days ago

Stanley planes are like wine….. it all depends on the vintage. :-)

Most likely, though, I would think you got a good deal. I see pre-WWII 4’s and 5’s selling on eBay all the time for $30 or more plus shipping.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Don W

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#4 posted 724 days ago

pic’s or it didn’t happen!!

vintage and condition can affect value, but if they are as described, you did ok. Maybe better than ok.

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#5 posted 723 days ago

Depends quite a bit on where you are. Here in the Northeast, that’s a so-so deal. I have friends in the Southwest that would consider that gloatworthy.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#6 posted 723 days ago

What the guys above said. It entirely depends upon the vintage, less so the condition. Unless they’re very recent or complete rust buckets, I’d consider that a win all day. I’ve paid twice that for one #4 before. Did anyone request pictures yet, lol;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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