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#1 posted 04-24-2017 05:48 PM

I think there is more than one meaning of a compass plane, I take it you mean what is also called a circular plane?

Patrick Leach of Supertool says the 20 and 20-1/2 are Stanley’s best.
http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan3.htm#num20

I’ve never used one but I have a Stanley 113. It works ok, but I wouldn’t say great. I can say stay away from Kunz, they are generally poorly made if the example I had and comments online about their planes in general also apply to their compass plane. Apparently Record also made a similar for a long time, but I don’t know anything about it.

I would think you could certainly get a good working example of a 113 or 20 for less than $500. You could either gamble on eBay or try one of the reputable tool dealers like Josh Clark at Hyperkitten, Patrick Leach, others I can’t remember right now, or post in the trade a swap forum here and maybe an LJ would have one to sell.


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