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Forum topic by olcoach posted 11-22-2017 03:00 AM 543 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2017 03:00 AM

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Is an old Stanley 45 plane a collectable or can I clean it up and make it a user without feeling as if I have done damage to a great old tool?

-- olcoach

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#1 posted 11-22-2017 04:30 AM

Depending on the type, there’s no harm in cleaning it up and putting it to use. There’s few types that you may not want to (mainly 2 that are made of aluminum, and one that has “45E” on the box label). Otherwise, have at it! They’re fun to use once you get the hang of them :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#2 posted 11-22-2017 10:11 AM

Judging by prices seen online and in antique shops the 45 has value:$125+. Nothing to sniff at but not a king’s ransom, either. My view with things like this is that unless one really needs the money old tools should be put to use. I found a 45 for 12 bucks at a flea market: the seller sort of knew what it was but didn’t care because his interest was metal fab and the market was only a hobby. I took this as a sign that the tool was meant for the shop, mot eBay or a display case. In the case of yours, OP, I say give it a chance to be a user.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#3 posted 11-22-2017 03:53 PM

Thank you both for the good news. I’m going to clean it up and tune it and put it to use.

-- olcoach

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