Stanley Scrub Plane No. 40 vs. No. 40 1/2

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Forum topic by groland posted 11-06-2018 06:55 PM 1095 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2018 06:55 PM

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I have just acquired a Stanley No. 40 Scrub plane. I have sharpened it up and used it, and it works very well. I am curious about the larger No. 40 1/2. I wondered what opinions are which plane is better to have, what advantages there might be to having one or the other?

Since the blade is heavily cambered, and one is likely to be using no more than 1/2-2/3 of the blade in either plane in use, I’m wondering what advantage there would be ib the 40 1/2’s 1/4 inch additional blade width. The 40 1/2 would likely have a little more heft being that it is longer and wider.

What say you, fellows who might know both of these tools?

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#1 posted 11-06-2018 09:44 PM

I have both and prefer the smaller one, fits my hand better and just feels better in use.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 11-07-2018 03:39 PM

I have both and prefer the smaller one, fits my hand better and just feels better in use.

- theoldfart

Yeah, I think the only difference you’re gonna find is from person to person vs. some objective way to measure a difference in performance. The 40 1/2 weighs 2.5 pounds, the 40 weighs 2.125 pounds – not significant as far as I’m concerned, especially when you use it and then go to a bench plane.

I own a 40 1/2 but have used a 40 and I’ve never thought – oh boy, look at all the additional wood I can get rid of with the 40 1/2!

The only reason I own a 40 1/2 is because I found one for cheap and where I live, scrub planes simply do not show up at flea markets and estate sales so I bought it. If I had seen a 40 instead, I would have bought that.

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