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Draper 45241 250 mm Smoothing Plane
|Price:||£17.95 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details|
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- supplied with spare iron
- precision milled base with cast iron body
- wooden handle and guidance knob
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Cast iron body with precision milled base and faces. Fully adjustable high carbon steel iron hardened, tempered and fully ground. Wooden handle and guidance knob for user comfort. Supplied with a spare iron.
All Draper tools are manufactured to high quality standards that are strictly controlled by our quality control engineers. They offer good value for money and a number of useful features to improve the performance of the product. All Draper products come backed by the Draper Tools guarantee.
Draper Tools is a family-run company that has been selling high-quality tools in the United Kingdom and beyond for more than 90 years. To bring you the tool you need, the Draper buying team sources innovative products, which adhere to strict ethical and quality standards, from all around the world.
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I am not a professional carpenter, but enjoy working with wood and DIY. Experience has taught me that cheapness is not always a wise choice especially if you want to produce a quality finish to a project. In my opinion Draper is a brand that you can certainly rely on for quality and reasonable prices.
Because I have the stones and the oil and I know how to create an edge this is a real bargain for me, as a plane of this quality would cost quite a bit more if all that was already done. Just be aware that you're saving money but buying half an hour's work if you know what you're doing. If you haven't done the grinding before though, it may take you a couple of hours of study and work to get this plane ready for use.
That said don't expect to get a plane that is ready to go straight out of the box. The sole on mine was actually reasonably flat from the factory and required very little work. The frog, and the seating of the frog, required a fair bit of cleaning up and smoothing down to get a good even contact, but you might very well have to do that on a Stanley plane too.
The biggest job was to sharpen then extra plane iron that comes with this plane (the one that was already fitted had a good 25 degree bevel and only needed the final honing/30 degree secondary bevel). I've attached pictures taken of the extra plane iron straight out of the bag it came in, and it obviously required a fair bit of grinding to reach a workable bevel.
It took me about an hour to get the plane up and running (not including the spare iron), and I must say that with a sharp iron and the adjustments set right, you get some fairly good results with this plane, and certainly a lot better than I had expected. The adjustments seem to work well but I have not yet used the plane enough to say how long it will maintain the adjustments. The UP/DOWN adjustment of the iron has a lot of slack on the adjustment wheel, which can be annoying if you have to adjust the depth very often.
All in all I believe that this plane is good value for the money - finished a lot better than other brands in the price range - and I can recommend this product for home/DIY use.
Its cheap because they obviously haven't spent any money putting an edge on the blades.
If you're good at sharpening and setting up planes then this is fine, otherwise go for a more expensive model.
I personally think it's great value for money when compared to others at twice the price.
Mine must have been made on a Friday! Sent back for a refund.
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