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Forum topic by bdresch posted 12-29-2014 01:12 AM 984 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2014 01:12 AM

Anyone know what these block planes are and if they would be worth buying for cheap? I have no hand planes and a guy on CL has these block planes $20 for all 5 and has a bunch of Stanley Bailey #5s for $35.

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#1 posted 12-29-2014 05:36 AM

The two green ones and the black one to the left in the last picture, look like Stanley made Craftsman 220 planes. They are a no frills plane that I think are not particularly good. They would make good beaters to practice with, but I would not buy all 3. The last two are Stanley 118 and are made from pressed steel and are considered to be near indestructible. Which is great if you teaching a bunch of teens to plane, but no so good for use. The lever caps for those are kinda flimsy and don’t reach down far enough to do its job right.

If I was you I would buy two block planes for 10$ and get used to them before deciding what you really would like. The 220 are standard angle while the 118 is low angle.

I would get what ever NO. 5 has black paint and preferably a lever cap without nickel plating but with text on it. These were made to better standards. If not any five will do just remember its a JACK which means it will do most anything, just not as well as other sizes.

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