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#1 posted 04-24-2018 05:42 PM

The Dunlap planes can be fine, but the ones o have seen lack some of the refinements of the Stanley’s. Such as no frog adjustment screw. My brother has a no 4 size and it works fine. Just harder to adjust the frog, but how often do you do that anyway?

Others you might see are Wards Master, some of which were Stanley made. They are generally pretty good. I have a no 3 that performs great.

Winchester is a highly sought after brand because of the name. I don’t think they actually made any themselves, I think they are all made by Stanley or sargent. I have seen bedrock style winchesters and bailey style as well.

Sargent planes are good options. They were a Stanley contemporary.

Keen Kutter K series are a clone of early bedrock planes, and the KK series are bailey clones. I do not have one but they seem decent from what I have read.

I have a Record No 4 1/2 from England. I can see where the design is different from a Stanley, such as the way the frog mates to the bed, but functionally it is equivalent.

Watch out for the no name planes. They can be fine, but many have inferior castings, adjustment mechanisms and folded steel frogs. Stay away from those.

Really a good thing to do is look at a Stanley type study page. Several are linked from timetestedtools.net. you can get an idea of how the Stanley’s were made and changed over the years. Once you have a general idea of that you can often just look at pictures of various planes on Ebay and see if they are built to a similar quality of a Stanley, or have features left off to save money. Of course, there could be something wrong with that particular plane, but you can at least rule out the brands that have the cheap frogs or depth adjustments right away.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.


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