Rated 4.3 out of 5Â by 3
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Tthetoolguy It's why they call it sweetheart hand plane.
Razor sharp out of the box. Flat and true. Adjustments are easy and smooth to make. I love the handles, feels great in the hands.mouth adjust's so easily and is cleaverly made.
This is a REAL tool !!!
Should be on the shelves, not Buck planes which are junk. If you appreciate quality tools and price this is it.
August 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Longwood Great all-round hand plane
This is a great all-round hand plane and is hard to beat for the money. There are less expensive options but the quality and usibility of this particular plane made it worth the extra expense.
The 3/16 inch thick iron is a great feature. It is substantially thicker than lower-priced planes but gives much better results. It seats very solidly in the frog and the extra thickness helps it to cut very cleanly--without chatter. It was usable right out of the box with a small micro-bevel cut on the extreme tip. I did add a 1-2 degree back bevel (using the ruler trick) which improved cutting slightly, although the finish on the iron back was already quite smooth. Getting rid of mill-marks from the back of the iron is almost always required on lower quality planes and is very tedious. That task is almost completely unnecessary for this plane.
The depth adjustment mechanism is well machined and allowed for very fine changes. It is extremely easy to set the depth of cut on this plane. There was very little free-play resulting in almost no backlash when I moved the blade in and out.
The mouth opening is very easy to change, and I found it very easy to close it down to a very narrow slit. This largely solved a problem I was having with splinters tearing out on difficult wood with changing grain with other planes. Most planes allow some way to adjust the mouth opening but the adjustable front foot on this one takes a few seconds to change, and no tools are required.
There are much less expensive options for this type of plane but it's also possible to spend much more. Easy adjustment and very clean cuts make this tool worth the expense.
June 9, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5Â by garyv944 Good Plane with work
I've done a lot of" feddling" with this plane and have it working quite well. I new from reading the reviews that I would have to do some work to get the plane working well. The quality engineer must have been on a break with the one I was sent because it took a lot more work to shape it up than I expected. After doing the typical tuning routines I checked the frog angle and it was dead on at 12 degrees. The only flaw that I would consider major was that the lever mechanism did not allow the blade to come through the mouth at any setting. What I discovered was that it was not level with the opening. On a lark I cut a couple of shims from a "Cherrios" box and bingo it worked. With the shims in it works, with them out it doesn't work. I don't want to play musical planes. I suspect that any that I received would need some kind of work done to it. It's a good plane and I'll just keep the one I've got. Every time I use it I can have a little chuckle that another product in a yellow box came to the rescue. This is not a premium plane and granted, neither is the price. There are three companies ahead of Stanley including the original vintage Stanley # 62, but they all also have a premium price. The Home Depot price or cheaper is correct for this plane. It is a good plane and with some "feddling" it can be a very good plane. Unfortunately the one I got took a lot of work to make it good. This plane will require work to make it good. I've found it to be worth the work.
May 5, 2014