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#1 posted 10-02-2008 04:45 AM

The Stanleys I found on Ebay were old but will last another 100 years if taken care of, they are beefier and more solid,stable (frog) than the new England Stanleys. #5 Jack type 11 was $40, #7 Jointer type 11 was $70, I took my time looking and made sure there were no cracks or other serious defects. the #5 has a ribbed sole which I like
I looked over one of the England made ones and it was night and day better than the cheap US or wherever they are made Stanleys.
I would try to find a good type 11,if not then go for the Stanley, they are both about the same work setting up and fine tuning,(yes new ones need tuned). Also there is something about old tools that work excellent lying around.
If you have deep pockets well Veritas or the like!


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