Stanley no.4, and Stanley no. 5

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Forum topic by ArtB posted 08-26-2012 11:17 AM 977 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-26-2012 11:17 AM

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Yesterday I picked up a no. 4 & 5 used Stanley plans for 40 dollars. Both are in good shape. No rust or abuse. The irons are straight have a pronounce angle with no chips. The edge will have to be sharpen (then so will new). So what do you think, deal, so so, taken? How much would you pay? Im new to the game of picking up used hand tools.

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#1 posted 08-26-2012 11:29 AM

I’d have to see them to form an opinion….got any pics?

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#2 posted 08-26-2012 11:40 AM

I’d say it’s a so so deal. Helps to see PICTURES!!!. My theory is to stay under $20 for any used handplane, unless specialty.

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#3 posted 08-26-2012 01:36 PM

Stanley planes are like wine….. it all depends on the vintage. :-)

Most likely, though, I would think you got a good deal. I see pre-WWII 4’s and 5’s selling on eBay all the time for $30 or more plus shipping.

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#4 posted 08-26-2012 04:33 PM

pic’s or it didn’t happen!!

vintage and condition can affect value, but if they are as described, you did ok. Maybe better than ok.

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#5 posted 08-26-2012 07:37 PM

Depends quite a bit on where you are. Here in the Northeast, that’s a so-so deal. I have friends in the Southwest that would consider that gloatworthy.

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#6 posted 08-26-2012 07:40 PM

What the guys above said. It entirely depends upon the vintage, less so the condition. Unless they’re very recent or complete rust buckets, I’d consider that a win all day. I’ve paid twice that for one #4 before. Did anyone request pictures yet, lol;)

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