Scrub planes were made for rough work. Hogging off a lot of material at a time. For thinning down a board for example. Last week I had need of a scrub plane. I needed to hog a lot of wood of a paddle I was building. I could use a draw knife but if you have ever used one you know what happens.
I happened to remember I had a Miller Falls Handy Man plane that I had no intentions of doing anything with. It would be a perfect candidate to covert over. There are some differences like a wide mouth but I figured if I slid the frog back I could try it. So I ground the blade to a rounded shape and sharpened it. Moved back the frog as far as I could and it worked well. Better than expected quit frankly!
You can see the thick curly shavings. It will hog out a deep trough and quickly. Of course it will tear out and leaves a nasty looking cut but it's supposed to. I am pleased and the price was right!!
I have been using it tonight to hog off some wood on another Greenland Paddle I am making. I rough it close to the line, then go back with another plan and smooth and finish the line. Saves hours or planing little thin shavings.