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Forum topic by Neodogg posted 03-05-2009 08:28 AM 2502 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2009 08:28 AM

So… I was strolling around Lowes the other day and noticed a Stanley #4 plane on clearance(they actually had two). I opened up the box, made in England, lifetime warranty, but has plastic handles! It’s half off, so $20. Granted I don’t know…jack about planes (come on that is just plane funny!) I digress, $20 bucks for a new #4 to mess around with, I know it’s nothing special but I guess it could come in handy even with plastic handles? Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 03-05-2009 09:18 AM

I have a #5 and #3 with plastic handles because thats all they sell in this country. They need tuning but do an acceptable job so in the come in handy department, sure why not. But if you plan to do more than occasional work then save your money and get something better.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#2 posted 03-05-2009 02:47 PM

I agree with Kiwi spend the time to tune it and it will do an acceptable job.

-- piper

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#3 posted 03-05-2009 03:09 PM

I almost agree with kiwi. I think even if you DO plan to do more than occasional work with a plane you should still get this one for $20. Kiwi is right that you will probably want something better if you really get into using hand planes but something better is going to cost you a LOT more money so for $20…. why not have an extra “beater” plane.

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#4 posted 03-05-2009 04:22 PM

You do not have to spend a fortune on hand planes. I have a #3, #4, and #5 Stanleys I picked up at estate sales, total expenditure $50. Just yesterday I sharpened them and “tuned” them and got wonderful shavings. If you do not use them daily you can buy some wonderful wood for the price of a LN or Veritas. I think you got a good deal.

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#5 posted 03-05-2009 08:17 PM

Sounds like a good deal. I been using a Stanely #4 for all most 20 years and some times on a daily basis and never had a problem, nor did my work suffer. tune it, true it, keep it sharp, and it will work fine.


-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#6 posted 03-05-2009 08:30 PM

Good plane, two suggestions, go to Highland Hardware and purchase quality wood handles, then go to Lee Valley and purchase a Hock Blade. This is what I did and have a quality plane.

Note: To be Honest, if you want a plane that will work hard for you and save a little money, just go with the Hock blade and leave the plastic handles. The wood has no idea what type handle is on the plane, only knows how good the plane and blade are if tuned properly.

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#7 posted 03-05-2009 08:47 PM

great deal, just tune it properly and you’re good to go, the Hock blades are a good upgrade, but may not be required for you at this time – I’d just go ahead and tune the $20 plane with whatever blade it came with – heck, I did the same thing for my HomeDepot BuckBros plane which is crappy, and I get wonderful results from it.

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#8 posted 03-05-2009 09:05 PM

I have purchased two new Stanley 60 1/2 low angle block planes, and they tuned up just fine. The sole was pretty rough and the blade needed honing, but once I had applied a little TLC they work great. I just finished tuning up two vintage Stanley/Baileys, a #4 and #5, The original blades were very rough, but once sharpened, they perform very well. If my Lowes were to have such a good deal I would snap it up instantly.

You will have to get into sharpening. A quick, easy, and inexpensive way to do this is to obtain wet/dry sandpaper, 220, 320, 400, 600, 800, and 1200 grits and apply the sheets to a flat glass plate with 3M77 adhesive. A simple honing guide will suffice.

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