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Stanley Sweetheart No.4 Bench Plane (Brass)

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Amazon Global Store UK has Stanley Sweetheart No.4 Bench Plane (Brass, 112136) on sale for $128.33 > now $128.62. Shipping is free.

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Key Features:
  • Iron is made from extra-thick 1/8" (3.18 mm) A2 steel for excellent edge retention
  • One-piece base and frog virtually eliminate chatter
  • Cherry wood handle and knob for comfort
  • Norris-type adjuster with lateral locking feature
  • Adjustable throat plate for different types of wood
  • Replacement Blade 12-141

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Nice discount on an essential woodworking tool. The modern Stanley Sweetheart line is often recommended as a best value bench plane and competitive in quality with planes twice the cost.

For price comparison, the list price for this is currently $240, and is on sale at Rockler for $180.

Amazon global store listings include customs, taxes and shipping in the price and are priced in dollars so there are no foreign transaction fees

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002LTUOI6 Now $128.62
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Honestly, if you're into hand woodworking, this will be one of the most used planes. Might as well buy the Lie-Nelsen. I get its not a slickdeal, but hand woodworking is a hobby.
Yes, Woodriver is Woodcraft's brand manufactured in China. These Stanley Sweetheart planes are manufactured in Mexico, while Lee Valley / Veritas are manufactured in Canada. All three are quality options with some fine tuning but some are hyper focused on country of origin.
Veritas blows both of these out of the water though, only planes I buy, they make some really awesome tools
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I've been torn between this smoothing plane and a woodriver #4. I think the Woodriver is going to end up being the better buy, even for more money.
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Quote from TenseBird1777 :
I've been torn between this smoothing plane and a woodriver #4. I think the Woodriver is going to end up being the better buy, even for more money.
Isn't Woodriver Woodcart's in-house brand? It looks like they almost cost as much as Lee Valley, which has a solid reputation.

That said, I use most of my planes very little. A block plane is pretty much the only one I use, and that's to quickly knock off edges.
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01-23-2023 at 04:01 PM.
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Isn't Woodriver Woodcart's in-house brand? It looks like they almost cost as much as Lee Valley, which has a solid reputation.

That said, I use most of my planes very little. A block plane is pretty much the only one I use, and that's to quickly knock off edges.
Yes, Woodriver is Woodcraft's brand manufactured in China. These Stanley Sweetheart planes are manufactured in Mexico, while Lee Valley / Veritas are manufactured in Canada. All three are quality options with some fine tuning but some are hyper focused on country of origin.
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01-23-2023 at 04:45 PM.
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Honestly, if you're into hand woodworking, this will be one of the most used planes. Might as well buy the Lie-Nelsen. I get its not a slickdeal, but hand woodworking is a hobby.
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01-23-2023 at 05:13 PM.
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Yes, Woodriver is Woodcraft's brand manufactured in China. These Stanley Sweetheart planes are manufactured in Mexico, while Lee Valley / Veritas are manufactured in Canada. All three are quality options with some fine tuning but some are hyper focused on country of origin.
Veritas blows both of these out of the water though, only planes I buy, they make some really awesome tools
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Veritas blows both of these out of the water though, only planes I buy, they make some really awesome tools
I don't have any of their planes but everything Veritas I do have is extremely well made. They run a seconds sale in October and it's a great way to pick up tools on the cheap, planes included. They say they're blemished in some form but I can't find a cosmetic defect on the saw I ordered a few years ago. Gotta be quick though, the good stuff sells out fast.
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01-23-2023 at 05:42 PM.
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I bit. I am a noob and cost matters to me. I already have the sweetheart block plane and low angle jack, so this will complete my "starter set"...
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Veritas blows both of these out of the water though, only planes I buy, they make some really awesome tools
I don't like the lateral adjuster style and the cap iron not being lever. Personal preference, I'm sure they're great quality, I have some of their jigs and couldn't be happier.
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I see some comments about folks having a hard time finding replacement blades. A quick Google search does not reveal any available. Are there really no sources for replacement blades on these?
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I see some comments about folks having a hard time finding replacement blades. A quick Google search does not reveal any available. Are there really no sources for replacement blades on these?
Veritas makes a variety of replacement blades for Stanley planes: https://www.leevalley.com/en-us/s...by-veritas
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I feel like for this price one would be better served buying an older stanley bailey for a fraction of the cost or spending more and getting a Veritas or Lie Nielsen. The old used ones are still very serviceable and parts are available and affordable. Even in the current online market where their prices are inflated, one can find a common 4 or 5 fairly inexpensively. Also consider Sargent and Miller Falls for very similar vintage equivalents to save money.

I'm not convinced that even a high dollar plane performs better than a clean and sharp vintage one, but even so I don't see much reason to settle "in the middle" on one like this. If it turns out hand tool woodworking isn't for you or you want to trade up, both the vintage and higher dollar models will be much more desirable- LNs seem to get 85-90% of retail on the secondary market.
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I've always wanted a hand plane like this but never got around to grabbing one. I do have a Bosch electric plane which I use mostly to shave down doors. I wonder if I would use this.
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I don't have any of their planes but everything Veritas I do have is extremely well made. They run a seconds sale in October and it's a great way to pick up tools on the cheap, planes included. They say they're blemished in some form but I can't find a cosmetic defect on the saw I ordered a few years ago. Gotta be quick though, the good stuff sells out fast.
do they email out when these sales happen or just gotta remember?
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