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Thread: New LV Block Planes

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    New LV Block Planes

    I'm surprised no one has started a thread on the new Lee Valley block planes. Given the run-up in prices of planes recently, the low end model is not too bad, but the premium model comes with a premium price.

    Anyone planning to buy one of the high end models?

    Mike

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    Mike,

    Thanks for the post. I hadn't seen them yet. It almost looks too pretty to use. The features do look very usable.
    Lee Laird
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    Yes, I saw Alf's review in her blog. Very interesting, but I have two block planes already (LN) and they work great. If I needed a block plane, I would definitely take a look at the base model. I am not sure that I would the spend money for the premium block plane, but I would be more inclined to invest in a premium smoother. That is were I would put my cash. It will be interested to see what other premium planes they produce.

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    Well, it seems that LV is taking a step forward in making the design of the planes really modern, if those planes cut as fast as they shape suggests they are winners!

    I was wondering why LN and some other would not update the design of their planes? Marketing reasons I guess
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    I sure am having a Hard Time adjusting to the current prices of Hand Tools when the price for spare blades is more than I can remember paying for a pretty decent Plane W/blade. Maybe I've just been around TOO LONG.

    Those do look pretty Fancy though.

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    it`ll take me a while to get used to the new design before i ever consider buying one........heck i still think most new cars (those newer than `90) look kinda like spaceships.
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    Derek Cohen of Perth Australia has a very good review and comparison of the block planes at. http://www.inthewoodshop.com/ToolRev...ockPlanes.html

    As soon as I saw the plane, I thought that I would like to have one. After reading Derek's review, I know that I would like to have one. Of course, it might take a year, or two, or three, or ... before I actually get one.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Great review, thanks for the link Frank.

    I like it, I own a newer Stanley #65, and it required a LOT of tune up to get it to cut right, I can see one of these new LV planes in my future, I think I need one to finish up the Aparto Job
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    Those look like they should come with V-8 engines installed.
    I just don't understand the high prices of those little things.
    Are they that much better than an old Stanley that can be bought at a flea market for $10.00?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Those look like they should come with V-8 engines installed.
    I just don't understand the high prices of those little things.
    Are they that much better than an old Stanley that can be bought at a flea market for $10.00?
    Yes they are!
    Cheers, Frank

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