[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This is one of those tools that you use for the first time (borrowing from another carpenter) and immediately understand the importance of owning one. I ordered one online and was disappointed to find that the machining was terribly out of center and true, rendering the tool useless. However, I sent it back and received another in much better condition. The fine adjustments work well, so with it dialed in nicely, it's a joy to work with. As most know, the sweetheart line doesn't come close to the older Stanley planes, but these new ones do the job and they're a must for any carpenter's tool box!
Customer review from stanleytools.com
Jun 7, 2020
PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU BUY! Unfortunately it took a month for it to arrive so you can imagine how...
PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU BUY! Unfortunately it took a month for it to arrive so you can imagine how excited I was! Right out of its wrapping I noticed the finish on the casting was pretty scratched up and the brass didn’t look to have ever been polished. That’s not great but it is what it is and I was trying to live with that until I noticed the large burrs that are literally where you put your fingers when you hold it. But wait there’s more. The next problem was everything was seized up! I couldn’t loosen or adjust anything without having to torque the brass screws until they finally gave way. Unfortunately that just uncovered another problem is that even with the lever cap screw completely out I could not adjust the depth of the blade. Eventually I realized that the lever cap had rusted itself to the walls and was seized up. A lot of wiggling later I got the cap out and uncovered the massive rust spot inside. On top of that I don’t know how it’s possible but the lever cap is actually a tiny bit larger than the opening in the casting and I cannot get it back together no matter what I try. I want to also add I have a degree in Fine woodworking and work as a joiner for a timber frame business so I am not too new in the hand tools world and just don’t know how to work the plane. I was so excited to finally get this in because it’s my first shoulder plane and I hope mine is the only one like it because it was very disappointing. All of my tools before this were used, old Stanleys that I slowly restored to get me through college so when I found the new sweetheart series that just recently came out I started saving to get them all to be my first set of new tools. I really hope I just got a lemon out of the bunch. I contacted Stanley and went through the whole shebang on the warranty and it’s been 2 weeks of silence. I wanted to give them a chance before the review to fix this but I guess they do t really care so here it is my honest and full review. I guess if you want a Stanley sweetheart go on eBay and get a real one. This one will just disappoint you. If Stanley wants to make things right and send me one that actually looks like the picture and works like it says then I will revise my review. I really wanted this to be good so bad. I’d love to see Stanley back into the fine woodworking world again.
Response from SBD_Product ExpertOct 2, 2020
Hi Slick We appreciate your feedback on the 12-140 and are sorry to hear about the issue you are having with your product. This is not the kind of performance we expect from our products and would like to speak to you about this issue so we can assist you in resolving this to your satisfaction. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and reference case #12384269 . I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you Deeris
2 people found this helpful
Aug 31, 2019
I was cautiously optimistic given the reviews by other buyers, but I definitely didn't receive th...
I was cautiously optimistic given the reviews by other buyers, but I definitely didn't receive the tool I was hoping for.
Form: Right out of the package, the surface finish of the plane looked as if it had been dragged across metal filings, leaving deep scratches. The knurling on the brass adjuster was gummed up, and looked like it had chips from the machining mashed into the surface. Every single edge was nearly as sharp as the blade, and chipped in several places. Inside the mouth of the plane, there is a nearly 1mm proud seam line running all of the way around to the mouth. Inside the adjusting mechanism, there were large sharp burs around the threaded rod that interfered with its operation.
Function: For this type of plane to work, squareness and flatness are key, to the point where the product details make specific mention of its "precision ground cast iron base for accuracy." Mine was neither. the sides and sole were very out of square, and the front half of the plane was significantly higher than the back. The blade was warped, and the only way to get it to seat solidly to the body of the plane was to tighten the lever cap so much that it was impossible to adjust the depth of cut.
Im used to purchasing my hand tools second hand, and normally enjoy the tuning up process, but I was not expecting there to be anywhere near as many problems for a tool costing nearly $80. While that price point is significantly below the LN or Veritas equivalent tools, I was still expecting better than this. I'd like to give Stanley the benefit of the doubt, and guess that maybe I got a dud, but I'd be careful gambling on a tool like this.
3 people found this helpful
Jan 11, 2017
I received this plane in working condition. The blade was very sharp and useable from the box. Th...
I received this plane in working condition. The blade was very sharp and useable from the box. The sides are perfectly square to the bottom measured with a machinist square and the bottom is perfectly flat. The blade measures .750 inches wide with the body measuring .753 inches. As with all my hand planes I also flattened, honed and stropped the blade noting that the blade was already flat and sharp, so very little time was needed to get it razor sharp. This plane has performed every task with ease in both hard and soft wood. I have not yet had to re-sharpen the blade after many hours of use. I have also removed the top body section to use just the lower portion to remove dried glue from hard to reach corners. Again it performed this task easily and was the perfect tool for the job. My only complaint is with the body's edges. They were sharp and uncomfortable. A few minutes with some diamond files rounding the edges took care of that. I'm very happy with this purchase and highly recommend this plane to any woodworker.
10 people found this helpful
Apr 22, 2021
Easy to adjust. Works great !...
Easy to adjust. Works great !
Apr 22, 2021
This tool is made of good quality steel. Holds an...
This tool is made of good quality steel. Holds an edge thru a lot of use. Did the job I needed it to do.
Apr 21, 2021
Very true and sharp!...
Very true and sharp!
Apr 21, 2021
Unlike other Stanley Sweetheart planes that are made in Mexico, this one is made in China and it ...
Unlike other Stanley Sweetheart planes that are made in Mexico, this one is made in China and it shows terribly. The sole was neither flat nor square and when placed on a flat surface, it actually rocks back and forth from toe to heel. All threaded screw holes had to be re tapped. Inside cavities were full of grit and grime, outside edges were rough and required re finishing so they wouldn't hurt your hand. I have three other Stanley Sweetheart planes that I'm totally happy with, but I cannot recommend this one..
Response from SBD_Product ExpertMay 14, 2021
Hi We appreciate your feedback. We would like to speak to you about the experience you had. Please contact support at WECARE@sbdinc.com and include a brief description of the issue you are having along with your contact information. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you STANLEY
Apr 1, 2021
Rating provided by a verified purchaser...
Rating provided by a verified purchaser
Mar 31, 2021
Had to return it, machining was off. Wanted it...
Had to return it, machining was off. Wanted it to be better, but it wasn’t.
The base of this plane is made of extra thickThe base of this plane is made of extra thick 3/16 in. (4.75 mm) A2 steel for excellent edge retention. The handle is designed with cherry wood. Norris type adjustment for ease of use.See Full Product Description
10 in. Bullnose Rabbet Plane
This plane is constructed from one pieceThis plane is constructed from one piece of cast iron. All of the working surfaces are machined for precision. It is designed with 2 cutting positions. The rear cutter has precise depth adjustment.See Full Product Description