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Review by SchotterWoodworking posted 02-04-2011 01:58 AM 3767 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was warned. I was warned every time I went into Woodcraft. Don’t buy Groz! I’ve seen it everywhere online. I’m here to tell you, they are on to something when they say don’t buy Groz. The Groz isn’t a terrible plane, but it isn’t a very good one either. This is actually the only plane I ever received brand new. Every other plane I have is an old Millers Falls or an old Stanley. Out of the box it does not impress. The metalwork is haphazard and I would not count on anything being flat or square without a LOT of tuning. I mean, always tune a plane, but this was ridiculous. The blade is so-so and after a good run on the water stones, she shaves like a good plane, so there’s that. The fence and depth stop are fine, no frills-only function. In retrospect, I would have just hunted down an old Stanley 78, which this is just a copy of, and restored her.

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#1 posted 02-04-2011 03:08 AM

I’ve bought two Groz products, and it was two too many. I can’t help but feel the cheap hand tools like Groz turn many beginning woodworkers away from handtools.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#2 posted 02-04-2011 03:36 AM

Well, to be fair, my #78 kinda sucks too. I would probably be more upset if I hadn’t gotten it for a ridiculous price. I think the Record version is nicer. The dual support on the fence goes a long way.

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#3 posted 02-04-2011 08:32 AM

I have a Groz #4 I got about a year ago at Woodcraft. It was pretty good right out of the box. I did a little work to flatten the sole but not much else. The blade that came with it was not great. Not as good as the ones that you might get on an old Stanley but in that general ballpark. Considering the price, I would say it was a good deal.


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#4 posted 02-05-2011 12:57 AM

In retrospect, I would have just hunted down an old Stanley 78, which this is just a copy of, and restored her.
It’s never too late. I have a Stanley 78 & love it. Needed no tuning. I have a lot of different planes in my shop, all of them either old Stanleys of Millers Falls & all were a bargain compared to what I could have gotten in a new plane. I suppose if I had a ton of money to spend on tools, I might consider paying up for the high end planes, but I don’t know why, when you can get a used Stanley or Millers Falls for the price of a budget plane, you’d want the budget import. I say ,”buy American”...even if it’s an old used American…maybe especially if it’s old & used.

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