Woodriver Responds

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Review by mcase posted 03-05-2013 08:45 PM 4567 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I posted a review of the Woodriver #3 a while back. In that review I was critical of the short chipbreaker and of the the lower-level Woodcraft customer service response to the problem. Well, I am happy to report that Woodcraft passed the complaint up the ladder and the higher ups corrected the problem. I now have received a Woodriver #3 with the new chip breaker of sufficient length. Like the three other Woodriver Planes I own it was absolutely flat and required no fettling. Just a touch on the waterstone and it put it to work. Also like my other Woodrivers the lateral adjustments were firm and the depth adjuster was precise. I could easily set it for feathery gossamer shavings or solid curls. I got full width shavings too. Just really really nice! With the bubinga handles and stainless cap iron they are handsome planes too. So its all good. Woodcraft evidently actually cares about their products and customer satisfaction. That in itself is refreshing. They also make a solid well machined Bedrock style plane at a fantastic price.

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#1 posted 03-05-2013 09:13 PM

Good on the followup. And good for WR in taking the issue to the next level. Also I see the combined score of your 2 reviews is 3.5, not 3 as some said it would.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#2 posted 03-06-2013 01:25 AM

I bought the ultimate cabinet makers set- the number six, 4, and the low angle block. amazing deal, I think 50 dollars off what they would cost bought separately, and I absolutely love these planes. Ill post a review shortly. Their a great alternative if you cant afford that lie nielsen.

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#3 posted 03-06-2013 02:40 PM

I don’t post here a lot, but I will say I had a similar customer service experience with Woodriver and Woodcraft. A yoke on my #6 WR plane broke in half about 2 years after I bought it. Could have been a lot of things that caused it. I called them and they connected me to a tech who had the part shipped and I had the plane running in under a week for exactly zero dollars. They warranty replaced it. Awesome.

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#4 posted 03-07-2013 02:53 AM

True engineers want to now why their stuff broke. Sounds like WR is a class act. I design tools as part of my job. I do my best to make them right, but when the “rubber meets the road”, sometimes they fail to meet expectations. I gladly accept real input.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 03-07-2013 07:50 AM

I’ve been considering trying out their chisel plane. Nice to know that this company listens to and follows the advice of their clientele. This makes my decision to try it out that much easier.

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#6 posted 03-07-2013 09:24 PM

I’m not surprised you got attention if they care about sales on the Internet. A site like this that updates constantly carries a lot of weight with Google search. So a bad review for a product like that is probably going to show up high on p.1 if someone’s investigating a tool. Thanks to web communities, a lot more businesses are having to pay more attention to those formerly insignificant peons who buy products from them.

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#7 posted 03-08-2013 03:59 AM

Glad Woodcraft made good for you. I had a similar experience recently when I purchased a WoodRiver #5 bench plane. The business end of the chipbreaker was not square to the sides. One call, a week later and I had a new chipbreaker that was machined correctly and works fine.

Thanks for posting your review.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#8 posted 03-08-2013 05:25 PM

I just recently purchased a WR #3 and had the same problem with the chip breaker. With the breaker set close to the cutting edge I could not lower the iron enough to take a cut. I went to the local WC store and they swapped the breaker for another one that worked.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#9 posted 03-09-2013 01:31 PM

The followup by Woodriver is awesome… to see that.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#10 posted 03-09-2013 07:02 PM


-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 03-10-2013 05:13 AM

Good to know there is a company out there with good costumer service, b/c you don’t hear that too often anymore. This will definately make me buy more of their products. Thanks!

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#12 posted 03-11-2013 01:25 AM

I bought a #5 plane and love it. I look for things to plane just for the fun of it. I’m very happy to hear that Woodcraft wanted to make sure you were satisfied with your product. Kudos to them!

-- "Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you" Carl Jung

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#13 posted 10-04-2013 03:31 AM

I have this plane and it is a good value for the money but I have issues with the design. The toe is much shorter than on a stanley #3 and I find this to be a problem setting up for a cut on an edge. I have not seen anyone commenting on this. Smoothing a flat surface this is not an issue.

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