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#1 posted 08-29-2016 07:20 PM

I haven t encountered any situations where I needed my LN 62. I definitely prefer my 4(1/2) as a smoother. My LN No. 7 is better for shooting due to weight and width of blade unless I m shooting a very hard wood, in which case the low angle helps a bit.

I try to tackle challenging grain with extreme sharpness and fine settings on my LN 4(1/2). There may be situations where the 62 could work and the 4(1/2) couldn t, but I haven t found them yet.

I know about the “have a million different blades” strategy for the 62, but I m not gonna spend time switching in and realigning blades all the time. I m gonna reach for the plane that I ve set up perfectly already.

- gargey

Thanks Gargey. That has been the main thing holding me back. There isn’t much I’ve ran in to that I can’t plane with a 4 1/2 or my other bench planes. It isn’t a whole lot of fun making shavings through wide rock maple or other really hard woods so I was thinking having a bevel-up might make it easier for that but maybe the difference would be negligible.

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