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Forum topic by abkma posted 06-30-2009 08:06 PM 1795 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2009 08:06 PM

Hi all!

Yesterday I picked up a Stanley 78 at a garage sale for $4. It’s missing the entire fence and depth gauge assemblies. It looks like I can get everything I need from Stanley for about $25. My question is would you consider this too much money to invest in a plane like this?

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#1 posted 06-30-2009 11:04 PM

compare it to the Groz or other makes that are still manufactured.

What does the iron look like.

I did It but I am still missing the thumb screw for the depth guage.

Mine is from like 1910.

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#2 posted 07-01-2009 01:22 AM

check the prices on e bay you might be able to buy a parts plane for less.

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#3 posted 07-01-2009 03:23 AM

I also found that Craftsman also made some 78’s and some of the parts are inter-changable. Craftsman’s are a lot cheaper than the Stanley’s if you are looking for spare parts.

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#4 posted 07-01-2009 05:13 PM

Cantputjamontoast, The iron is good. A small amuont of surface rust but easily cleaned up.

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#5 posted 07-01-2009 06:41 PM

Thanks for the replies. I saw a number of incomplete ones on ebay as well as a few that were complete. Ebay is a really great site but I find that you have to have a sniper mentality when you go there as all the action seems to happen within the last minute.

Maybe it’s just me but I was unable to find any hand plane parts on the Craftsman website.

In the end I just don’t have the time to invest so I did buy the Stanley parts. For anyone whom may be interested there are actually two separate links for 78 parts on the Stanley website. I initially clicked on Planes > Rabbet / Shoulder > 12-078 Duplex Rabbet – also known as 12-978. This link showed a fence and Depth Gauge Screw and Washer which I did need, as well as other miscellaneous parts. However several of the parts I needed were not listed. Later I noticed that there was another set of parts available at Planes > Plane Kits. At this page they have a Number 78 Lever & Depth Gauge Kit as well as a Number 78 Fence Kit. The fence kit was only forty-five cents more than just the fence was on the other page.

I think there is a major flaw in the design of the Stanley website that it doesn’t integrate all of these parts together or at least tell you on one page that there are parts available on another. Be careful if you go out there to buy something.

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