I've not used either plane, but I've gotten a few things (jointer knives, a saw blade, etc) from Infinity over the years and all were excellent.
True, the #33 is used as a scrub plane when starting in on rough stock, the #4 has two blades (one cambered more than the other) that I use for flattening and smoothing. I wasn't sure what a jack plane could do that the smoother isn't already doing, but certainly the smoother can't do the job of a jointer or a rabbet, lol. I'll have a bigger plane collection in the future, but this is a sub-$200 investment for two specialized planes, but I'm not sure on how well those planes perform. I've found nothing at local antique shops, and most eBay sales go for higher prices on the well-known brands (I don't know enough about the less popular brands to know whether I'm buying someone's trash that will be my trash, or whether it'll be my treasure). I don't mind having a set of planes that don't match…I'd rather be able to do the job properly, haha!That product line wouldn t be complete enough for me to invest in. Specifically, jumping between cast iron smoother and jointer, then wood rabbet. What s your jack plane solution? No, the #33 won t do. ;-)
Yea, that seems to be the running theme with people I've asked. That, and they only offer certain models as singles…you can't get 'em all unless you buy the set, but without knowing how well they work…I mean, I suppose (since it's wood), it's really just down to using my smoothing plane to joint the bottom and sides of the wood jointer, and then hone the blade to get everything square and in working order, but I'm worried about how long they'll stay that way.Like jonah, I have not tried their planes and wasn t even aware that they offered them until now, but every other cutter I ve used from Infinity has exceeded expectations, and usually eclipsed the performance of their top competitors. Infinity is one of the best suppliers IMHO.