Can you find new Stanley planes in stores any more?

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01-19-2014 04:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: new stanley plane

Not buying, just curious because they seem to have vanished everywhere around me except the internet.

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#1 posted 01-19-2014 11:29 AM

When WoodCraft had a store in Chattanooga, TN they carried new Stanley planes , chiesels and specialty screw drivers. They shut down here unfortunately.

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#2 posted 01-19-2014 11:41 AM

Ace hardware sells the block planes but they need quite a bit of tuning to get them just right. Plus, the locking bar is terrible the way it drags and grinds when you lock it. if you tighten it too much it will bend. The seat on mine was out of parallel with the base and I had to grind it to get it to cut straight. The finish is very rough too.

I think they still make a #4 plane but I haven’t seen it in any stores lately. It looks like the gage plane. For the same money, you could find a really nice type 19 in any size on E Bay. If you want to buy new, check out the wood rivers at Wood craft.

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#3 posted 01-19-2014 12:29 PM

If you browse the Stanley Web Site you’ll come away believing that they no longer manufacture hand planes.

What a shame.

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#4 posted 01-19-2014 01:16 PM

I’ve seen some in Home Depot but not sure if they are still there. The quality of new Stanley planes just is not there.

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#5 posted 01-19-2014 02:30 PM

Yes, Amazon has them.

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#6 posted 01-19-2014 02:46 PM

From the Stanley Web Site:

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#7 posted 01-19-2014 02:48 PM

OK, you last two responders do know what the meaning of “internet” is right?

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#8 posted 01-19-2014 02:57 PM

It’s Al Gores Baby….right?

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#9 posted 01-19-2014 03:30 PM

Availibility, who cares! I bought several for school a year or two ago, as previous posters indicated they need lots of work right out of the box. They feel like you are holding a brick and won’t stay in adjustment anyways. All ours do is gather dust. Buy old ones you won’t regret, even the old off brands are better.

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#10 posted 01-19-2014 03:34 PM

Rockler and Woodcraft both carry several Stanley planes on the shelves here in the Twin Cities. It has been 25 years since I bought a new Stanley Plane at the store though.


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#11 posted 01-19-2014 03:36 PM

You can get some real nice older ones on Ebay and they’re better than the new ones.

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#12 posted 01-19-2014 05:29 PM

Right, I know you can get them online, I know they’re not great, I know almost everyone here doesn’t buy them. My Stanleys are all vintage.


Has anyone seen them in stores?

I forgot about Rockler and Woodcraft, I’ve seen the higher end stuff there, not the low end stuff. As far as the major chains and smaller hardware stores, virtually all Stanley hand tools are MIA (around me, at least.) Not just planes but screwdrivers, chisels, nail punch sets, etc.

Not a real important question, just wondering if the company is slowly, quietly dumping all that stuff for the power tool market?

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#13 posted 01-19-2014 05:32 PM

Can’t find Stanley in stores by me either. The planes at HD are buck bros now

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#14 posted 01-19-2014 06:03 PM

The new Stanley stuff has to be as good or better than the Buck Bros. Though both brands have slipped in quality.


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#15 posted 01-19-2014 07:30 PM

As long as you brought up Stanley….

There is a small detail about the new Stanley block planes that just gripes me.

A lot of refurbished hand planes have their top edge unfinished. Don’t know if all the older Stanley’s were always painted black on this edge but I have to say, the bare metal look is really cool.

So in my crusty, never stops thinking brain, I imagine a room full of Asian dudes in white coats with the same haircut trying to come up with a new design. Did they look online and see what people were buying? Did they not notice 97% of the used planes were refinished this way?

If you try to remove the paint on this edge, there’s nowhere for it to end in front without stripping all the paint off the top which looks weird. It don’t work.

don’t even get me started about the stamped steel cap lock and 30 grit finish.

Bah, what do I know….I think too much.

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