Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 19
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Homeowner $20 well spent
I am using this block plane to finish window boxes for trim, to custom fit the boxes to the uneven walls in our 30+ year old home. It is so much easier to adjust the blade depth with the knob on the back, versus the standard plane at about half the price - well worth the extra cost. I just wish there was a way to lock the knob in place once it is adjusted, because it is just below the rear handle and my palm loosens it after a while.
July 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TH Plane and simple
I was away from home and needed a decent plane to fix a bathroom door where I was staying for the long weekend. This plane did a nice job and I will gladly add it to my collection of tools.
July 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Linny 7 inch Block Plane
Very sharp blade, easy height adjustment, excellent weight fast and easy cutting power.
March 29, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by pld Broke
Product has a locking part for the blade. Mine broke on the first use.
Got replace and no issues with it.
December 8, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by MegH Low price, but consider what you're getting
The adjustments don't stay where I set them for very long. The blade shifts/rotates, so you have to be very careful to line it up straight and carefully screw down the clamp while holding the blade steady. The clamp has no system for letting you know how deep the cut will be--you just have to use trial and error. Definitely not good if you need any kind of accuracy in what you're planing. We just needed to plane down part of the top of a door so it would close, and this plane was almost more trouble and more poor results than it was worth.
August 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hh No issues. Works well
Worth the money. Sturdy and haven't had a problem with it. Used it to plane new wood casings around windows that weren't square.
September 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Phemmi Awesome
Not too big, bot too small, worked perfect for the job I needed!!
September 1, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BuyerBeware22 Beater plane for rough work.
Reading a number of these reviews, it's clear that there is quite a bit of misunderstanding of why you should or shouldn't buy this plane.
Block planes are designed to be held in one hand and are used for a variety of finishing jobs. Their original purpose was to plane end grain smooth. But the tool has evolved over time to become a general-purpose woodworker's tool for a number of smaller purposes. Many amateur woodworkers own only one plane these days, and it's a block plane.
If you have never used a handplane before and you're interested in getting into quality woodworking, most definitely, your first plane should be a block plane. It should not, however, be this plane. The Stanley 60 1/2, sold by Home Depot as 12-960, is a wonderful tool for that sort of thing. You should definitely spend at least an hour tuning that plane. Lap or flatten the sole to perfect flatness on a piece of sandpaper attached with spray adhesive to a piece of granite, sharpen the iron to precisely 25 degrees with a sharpening guide, and have at it. I have a number of carefully-maintained planes that I use in my woodworking. There's all kinds of information on YouTube on how to tune planes.
But I do a wide range of renovating work, and so, I have a couple of beater block planes like these in tossing around my toolbag. This plane is an inexpensive, stripped-down version of a high-quality block plane and is typically used by painters. framers, and renovators. It is used for heavier, uglier work, like taking off rough shavings on 2x4s to make give 2x4 framed wall a more even face or shaving down door frames to make doors fit. I also use it to shave off old construction adhesive on 2x4s where I've removed and am planning to replace the drywall. If you do any tile renovation work, like redoing a tub surround, you need a beater plane to quickly get a bathroom alcove more even before you put up your cement board. This gets the job done for me.
If you buy this, buy it for rough work, and you won't be disappointed. There's no way that a beater plane like this can perform like its more expensive cousins. But it gets the job done in a pinch, exactly as it's designed to do.
September 12, 2015