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#1 posted 07-02-2019 01:46 PM

I cannot speak to the pull style planes, as I’ve never used them. I will say that based on your stated needs I would drop the 164 from consideration. I’ve not had or seen consistently good results in tear out prone woods like your rift sawn oak with bevel up planes of any kind. A higher angle frog &/or closely set cap iron does help with tearout, though sharp trumps everything, as you know.

The smoothers I make have 50, 52.5 and 55 degree bed angles and I haven’t found a wood yet I can’t plane well with a sharp edge, even if they are a single iron. They also all work fine in softwoods, with the 50 degree being the best for a wide range of usage.

If you are used to pull style planes, I don’t know any reason to switch to western planes, unless you just want to. If that’s the case, the LN #4 with a higher angle frog would work well. If you want to stay with pull style, either you list would have reasons to buy. The Mujingfang isn’t a very large investment if it doesn’t work out and HNT Gordon has a tremendous reputation, so I personally wouldn’t hesitate to buy one of their products if it fit my needs.

Just my 2 cents worth. No refunds given. :-)

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