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11-07-2008 04:26 PM

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I am looking at getting one of these as a Christmas gift for a woodworker in my family, I need some time after purchase to get it cleaned up and ready for gift giving. However I am not an expert in which model I should be interested in. I see #60’s, 9 1/2’s, #220. I would like to know which of the older Stanley Block planes I should be looking at to purchase and little of the reasons why would be great.

TIA

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"


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#1 posted 11-07-2008 04:55 PM

the 60 1/2 and 9 1/2 are your best bet because they have an adjustable throat. The 60 1/2 is a low angle block and probably the best choice for a first block plane. A word to the wise though – the new Stanleys are just OK. The iron holds a decent edge for the most part, but nothing like a good quality blade will. the castings are tunable and adjustment mechanisms are decent but can have a lot of play in them. Still, they are probably one of the best choices for a new block plane under $50.

But – I see I misunderstood you and you were talking about buying a used Stanley block. In which case, a 60 1/2 is still one of your best choices. Low angle, adjustable throat are two of the more important features you should look for. the older blades are decent, but a new Hock blade would be a bonus for any plane – new or old.

I’m a big fan of Miller’s Falls and Sargent planes too.

Mike

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#2 posted 11-07-2008 06:40 PM

Thanks for the advise! I went out and spent a couple of hours perusing Patrick’s Blood and gore pages. very useful information there.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#3 posted 11-08-2008 02:24 AM

What are the equivalent Millers Falls or Sargent models?

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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