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KYtoolsmith

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#1 posted 12-19-2018 03:17 PM

I’ve been collecting, using and refurbishing hand planes for quite a few years. I fully agree with all the above on brands other than Stanley. Sargent, Miller Falls, Marsh, Siegley and others made excellent tools. The Craftsman, Fulton, Keen Kutter, Bluegrass, lines were relabeled Stanley’s or Sargent’s. As to buying on flea bay, most sellers seem to think that just because it has Stanley on it, it’s worth more… Not true! As was said above, even Stanley made inexpensive, poorly machined planes, their Handyman and Foursquare lines are not even close to a Bailey or Bedrock in quality of frog to bed fit, adjustment or even the shape and wood used for the tote and knob. I refurbish and resell (not on fleabay) primarily Stanley’s Bailey line of bench planes simply because I can readily find junk Bailey’s for replacement parts. I’m not sure where you’re located, but I seem to find planes in every flea market, junk store and yard sale… It’s gotten to the point that I spot a cheesy place a mile away and don’t bother to pick it up… Even a Bailey has to be in pretty good shape for me to buy it. Rule 1, never buy a broken tool!
My $.02…
Regards, The Kentucky Toolsmith

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