Kobalt #4 Handplane: upon further review

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Forum topic by bandit571 posted 03-03-2014 11:07 PM 723 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2014 11:07 PM

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This will be returned to Lowes. Iron took way too longjust to get Flat….Edge square to the sides….edge sharp

A so-called chip breaker is the deal breaker

IF you set it within 1/64” of the iron’s edge, you will not get the edge to come through the sole to make a cut, the adjuster wheel will have run of of threads way before that. Chip breaker is way too thin. Tried several times to get it to even sit flat on the iron. Bends right back out. Even on some Tame Walnut, with the chipbreaker frshly set flat, all sorts of walnut junk lodged between them after a few strokes.

Most of the rest of this plane is too bad. Not sure if it would be worth the time and effort to get a new iron and chip breaker. Or, just take it back and get my money back…..

$30 for a handplane. i have bought a few #4s off ebay that costs less, and work like a real handplane should.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 03-03-2014 11:17 PM

Return it!

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#2 posted 03-03-2014 11:39 PM

I own a small number of planes. So I am no plane expert by any means. I was following your forum topic about the Kobalt because you seem knowledgeable on planes.

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I went to Lowes shortly after reading some of the posts to check it out. I didn’t buy it, just looked. First impressions wasn’t that thrilling. I wanted to wait and think on it. But now after reading this…I will pass. Thanks for posting this.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 03-03-2014 11:48 PM

Got to looking at the mouth opening…....Jagged, ill-machined.

Just talked to a fellow on the phone at Lowes. Said to bring it in. I doubt IF I will settle for a replacement one.

Ain’t the first time I’ve been burned, and might not be the last, but I am learning….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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