Stanley 60 1/2...USA vs English

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Forum topic by rbterhune posted 01-14-2015 04:21 AM 1058 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2015 04:21 AM

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Hi…I’m looking at an old stanley 60 1/2 that looks nearly new. I’m not sure what era it is from but I’m guessing the 70’s. It was made in England.

Can someone explain the differences, if any, between the English and USA made versions? I’m relatively new to woodworking and just want a decent plane for decent money that does the job better than today’s junk.


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#1 posted 01-14-2015 06:08 AM

The most important difference would be the shape of the blade, but that does not effect the use. The latter planes come with a lateral(side to side adjustment) while the early ones did not. Some consider the early planes to be superior, because of the end of the lever cap actually extends past the edge of the casting where the blade sits near the mouth (if you are new to planes, it’s important for the blade to have good support near the mouth). It is really just a matter of preference. The older plane if lacking in solid parts will have more readily available parts.

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