Chip Monk wrote:
Anybody have a second-hand low angle block plane in decent shape? I'd like to get one for our monastery shop ... but all the new ones are way too expensive for us. And I've seen enough reviews of the Stanley $40 version to avoid it.
Any suggestions, ideas or wheeler-dealers out there??
The Stanley 60-1/2 Sweetheart and #62 have gone through at least two revisions since first released. The latest castings and finish machining quality are right up there. I picked up a 3rd generation 60-1/2 for just over $40 delivered through Amazon.com. Required a new VISA card to get the $75 down to $35 ($40 "signing bonus" from Amazon), free shipping but sales tax. Better deal on that VISA than my old one so I was OK with the switch.
Granted $75 may not be the price range you are looking for but for new, it is pretty hard to beat.
As to the $40 version (contractor grade is even less), they are OK but can require considerable tuning and the blade that comes with is thin and prone to chatter.
Other than honing the blade mu new 60-1/2 has been just fine. Dead flat and well finished. See also Chris Schwarz's blog for updates on the #62.
My review of 60-1/2 is here:http://kcwoodworkersguild.org/Education ... t%2060.pdf