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Forum topic by AdamThorpe posted 05-23-2009 06:02 PM 3508 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-23-2009 06:02 PM

here is my question i have talked about this plane on other forums before and people have said no way get the Veritas no 7 or of cores the holly grail lee Nealson but i don’t have 300 to 400 dollars to spend. i really don’t even have the 100 dollars to spend on the Groz. but back to planes here Ive been told that u cant work with Groz planes the junk u cant tune them, ect but I think i did a pretty darn good job last night with the no 5 Groz. got very wispy pine shaving i could read thought i lapped the soal frog chip breaker removed burrs gave the iron a mirror finish so what Ur 2 cents is the a slightly better hand plane made buy Simeon else in that price range?

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#1 posted 05-23-2009 08:58 PM

Welcome to LUmberjocks, I hope you enjoy the site, lots of nice people here.

I’m quite radical when choosing hand tools and I would not spend a single penny in brand names like Woodriver, Groz, Buck Brothers and today’s stanley. Planes are an excellent place to put your money, over powertools and Shop machinery, but GOOD ones…...

Ebay is a good place to find nice tools, old Stanley planes like these, I don’t pay more of $50, excellent Jointers, AND if for any reason I need the money, I’ll get what I paid or more, I would say more.

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#2 posted 05-23-2009 09:08 PM

Maoi has a good point. I got an early 1900’s Stanley #7 on ebay for less than $50 delivered. Put a new Hock blade on it, still only about $100 and it’s a great tool.

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#3 posted 05-23-2009 10:19 PM

i understand what u mean old stanely is great stuff i know that as well but iam in Canada and its like close to 50 buck just for shipping mot sellers are in the us. and yes i would defiantly invest in a hock blade i here great things but have herd any thing about Anant tools they bought records molds when they went under

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#4 posted 05-23-2009 10:44 PM

The Groz planes (made in India), and most cheaper planes can be made to work but they won’t have the metallurgy nor the precision manufacturing of the older Stanley, Millers Falls, Record, Union, or Sargent planes, and likely won’t hold settings as well, and certainly don’t have the nostalgia of an older plane. Several of my old planes have come from Canada, so they do exist. Check with the gang at and see if any members have a lead for you.

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#5 posted 12-27-2011 09:29 PM

I hate to admit it but I have a Groz number four…and it took alot of work to get it “right”. After hours and hours of lapping to take out the gouges I guess is standard for them i finally got a flat sole and shined it up.. the irons where a little to easy to put an edge on.. I am assuming this is do too cheap steel.. but I actually go to this plane often. I can say that I get super thin shavings on Pine Poplar and Oak…but these are the only woods I have taken it too….having said that…...I am not able to put this plane on a shooting board..because it the sole was not square with the sides..and it would take a month of evenings to rectify this….I completely feel you on the price issue. but scour the internet…..I am a stickler when it comes to buying tools….I don’t mind sacrificing a little money to get better quality…and vice verca….I in no way can afford Veritas or Lie Nielsen… two hundred dollar block planes are out of the question….a bit of advice…hang on to the groz….try to replace it with something a little better and then you can abuse it on things you would put your boots on….i am guilty of salvaging old crappy wood i find in all sorts of odd locations…and if they have paint or something else that has to be chewed off of it you can use the groz something that wont be a total wash if you put a knick into or even a gouge….i have found that planing the paint off of them is alot faster than stripping or sanding….and then use the nicer plane do the actual sizing work….Sorry about posting a book to answer your question and this is absolutly just my two cents….good luck and let the shavings fly!

-- Clevo

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#6 posted 12-27-2011 09:49 PM

If you look on the web at places like you will find a lot of good old tools at very reasonable prices.


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