Don't pass up a millers falls 15 or a Sargent 415 if you come by one. There's also Keen Kutters and Winchesters. In that size
I have not had a problem refurbing older tools if I get the correct one. Yea, the Woodriver is a nice tool. ( I have a #4) Bedrock design. Hefty. Also 10 times the price which I do not intend at this point. Heft is an advantage on a shooting board, but I also have a Lyon trimmer I use more often. I also have a L-N 102 which I just love so I know the difference. Just thought, I have not picked up my block plane once since I got the little L-N.I tried the "get an older plane and fix it up" route and did not enjoy it. A lot of work and still won t perform the way you want.
Woodriver makes great planes and they re a good value. I have several Veritas planes and love them.
I know nice tools can get pricey but buy it once and you re done