Block plane £30-£40.

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Can anyone please suggest a good block plane, I have a cheap one that I've used for a few years & it's OK, but I'd like to get a better one. One thing I do use it for quite a lot is plastic panels, be it bath panels or a bit of UPVC below a shower tray.
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i have a stanley http://www.its.co.uk/pd/5-12-020-Stanle ... 512020.htm

this one might better suit your needs

http://www.its.co.uk/pd/5-12-060-Stanle ... 512060.htm

might get one at some point... just to make my tool box that bit heavier
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@big all. that irwin one looks exactly the same as one i got from tool station ages ago when i was a youngun. mine was a silverline. it was ok but a bit of a pain to adjust. dunno if the irwin will be any better though
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Hmmmmmm.....Silverlne vs. Irwin.....I know where I'd spend my money :wink:
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i had a slanley and tbh i found the quallity to be poor, atm im using a faithfull :shock: as its better

you will be better off with a lowangle plane whatever you decide to get, maybe look at second hand pre war planes that were built to last…...
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speed wrote: maybe look at second hand pre war planes that were built to last…...
Definitely.

I've got one of these _ http://www.record-planes.com/135/record ... ock-plane/ - actually I've got two of them - I needed a new iron for my Record 0110 and the shop wanted silly money for it - I went to Lymington market and bought the 0102 (from a pukka second hand stall, for less than the price of a new iron) and it is such a delight and joy to use that I bought another one from Ebay - they won't be everyone's cup of tea because of the adjustment method but that's second nature to me; at 5" long and under a pound in weight you can slip them in a pouch and forget them.
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You might well be better off with a surform Dickie. They work very well on plastic bath panels :wink:
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Not worth me saying what my block plane is lol. Twas a fair few quid though.

When I remember the make and where i got it, I shall post again.
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speed wrote:i had a slanley and tbh i found the quallity to be poor, atm im using a faithfull :shock: as its better

you will be better off with a lowangle plane whatever you decide to get, maybe look at second hand pre war planes that were built to last…...

aye like the adjustable mouth that doesnt adjust at all because its too big? thats the problem with mine.
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fin wrote:

aye like the adjustable mouth that doesnt adjust at all because its too big? thats the problem with mine.
I can remember that with my smoothing plane and jack plane (both Stanleys) I had to file out the back of the throat.
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speed wrote:maybe look at second hand pre war planes that were built to last…...
My dad gave me plane years ago that had belonged to my grandad, not sure it was that great but it worked well enough. Then I dropped it on a concrete floor and it broke in two, I was devastated and afraid I'd killed a family heirloom. Told my dad and he got a box out with another half a dozen of the same planes in and said “take your pick”. :lol:

Still use it.

Sorry Dickie, not much help... not unless I inherit the box.
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I'm going to leave my Yankee screwdriver to one son & my Rawlplug tool to the other!!
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I had my grandads saw horses, they were at least 30 years old when I got them. They lasted me a few years as well which was a result considering the amount of woodworm in them.

He told me off when I got a Yankee. Said they were too dangerous and were banned from site when he was working.
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