New High Quality Stanley Planes??

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Forum topic by JJackson posted 08-26-2008 10:27 PM 1235 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-26-2008 10:27 PM

I thought it was April already as I was rushing through my calender. I guess the word on the street is Stanley is introducing a few “high” quality hand planes to be sold this year. I have attached a link for you. I don’t think I can give up my loyalty to LN or Lee Valley for castings made in Mexico. Just not my cup of tea I guess. But it should be interesting to see if they make a splash in the marketplace.

Kind of nice that Stanley finally got the hint and decided to try to put out a quality product. Would you guys buy the new Stanley Planes?


-- Jeff, Indiana

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#1 posted 08-27-2008 02:12 AM

Bound to happen. My favorite label now days is “Hencho in China”. I’ll also keep my Veritas, LN and old Stanleys.

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#2 posted 08-27-2008 02:42 AM

I’m not absolutely certain that planes made in Mexico without any heart can compete with those made in India that feed the families of highly skilled workers with centuries of experience swaging metals.
Time may prove me wrong but Stanley has no particular track record of excellence.


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#3 posted 08-27-2008 03:38 AM

What surprises me is that if Stanley wanted to start manufacturing high quality planes, why didn’t they consider simply re-manufacturing copies of their venerable pre-1940 vintage planes. Many users of these old planes swear by them. I’m wondering if these new-fangled planes will surpass the appeal of the old standbys. Keith (

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#4 posted 08-27-2008 12:12 PM

Keith, I think not. Stanley’s getting the picture a little too late that all people want are L-N or Veritas, or pre-WWII Stanleys or Baileys. Your idea is good though – if they had gone vintage, they’d gain a lot more followers!

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#5 posted 08-27-2008 03:13 PM

people will buy what they need and perceive to be good when they are ready to buy. I am not in the market for a new plane, but when I need one, I will weigh my choices based on cost, use, and value at that time

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