1. J DeWitt on August 5, 2023 at 4:44 pm

    As long as you can keep it sharp, it’ll work just fine. I’m glad you’re not a tool snob, and thanks for the review.

  2. Paul Frederick on August 5, 2023 at 4:45 pm

    That looks like some hard work. Usually to get a panel close one uses a scrub plane. Then you finish like you were doing. You were starting out finishing though. That’s the long, high road there.

  3. Guido on August 5, 2023 at 4:52 pm

    I don’t like people who slam everything.

  4. CASTLEDOME KNIVES on August 5, 2023 at 4:57 pm

    Respect your honesty…thx for vid

  5. World of Nobody on August 5, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    Just picked one of these up today.
    Blade needed reworking was not squared, and edge was sharp but not smooth.
    So on the best sander I trued the edge to make it square and sanded the iron back to get it flat, and laid a good edge on it and went through red oak smooth as silk.

  6. Rick Price on August 5, 2023 at 5:01 pm

    It’s no secret that these are pure junk right from the start. If his sole is flat, its the only one that ever was. The blades are rarely square or flat, have rough grinds and are crappy steel. They use the awful Europen ‘Windsor’ adjustment system and are more trouble than they are worth. But they cost under $20. So do used Stanleys and Craftsmen planes in used but decent (easily restorable) condition at flea markets all over the country. Pick up a #4, 4 1/2, 5 or 5 1/2, clean it up, flatten and sharpen the clade and sole, adjust it and have a plane that will last a lifetime instead of 6 months until yoou throw it out. Most of my planes are over 70 years old and only a few were over $20. As far as most of the hand tools at HF go, they are crap. They are making good strides on their Hercules and Baure power tool lines though. And the mini-wood lathe is made in the same plant as the Rockler Excaliber. Put your money and time into a real tool and not this junk.

  7. Frank Toro on August 5, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    Good video with a fair and realistic appraisal. Thank you.

  8. PoorKidOne on August 5, 2023 at 5:08 pm

    I picked one of these up last week. It’s my first bench plane. I’m just getting started on woodworking so I can’t compare it to anything else, but I have to say I think it does a great job. I did have to do a bit of work on it, but it’s certainly not a bad buy for someone new to the craft or possibly for a good, inexpensive, extra plane to have for your rougher wood. The lacquer that they used on the wood handle and front knob was a bit scratchy, so I sanded mine down and refinished them with some walnut oil and a wipe on poly. They look a lot better, they’re much smoother and they don’t have that ugly shiny look anymore. Thanks for sharing this review.

  9. East Sac Workshop on August 5, 2023 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks for the review. I might just pick one up next time in.

  10. Adam Gabbert on August 5, 2023 at 5:13 pm

    I eyeball that thing and wonder every time I go in there. And I go in there a lot. It was nice to see her in action. Thanks.

  11. Joe Basement Woodworking & DIY on August 5, 2023 at 5:15 pm

    make sure the soul is completely flat.or you’ll be there a while trying to flatten out ur work. M.Cremona told me that a while back. smaller surface might not notice as much but on a large surface youll definitely notice if the soul is flat or not.hey w.e. works right? lol

  12. World of Nobody on August 5, 2023 at 5:17 pm

    I got the no4 and the accomponing block plane $15 once I shapened and squared the irons they work great.
    Not bad to use at all.

  13. Darren Mack on August 5, 2023 at 5:25 pm

    It’s an utter POS that’s impossible to keep tuned… sure you can sharpen the iron but that’s just part of it. It’s a hack tool….

  14. Robert Wilson on August 5, 2023 at 5:30 pm

    I have one I like it. It just needs lots of tuning. I also have the block and No 4 look a like from HF. thanks for the video

  15. Jon Bryant on August 5, 2023 at 5:31 pm

    I also have this hand plane and it works well except for the adjustment knobs. So I unscrewed them and adjust it like an old wood plane by tapping it with a hammer. Need a heavier cut then tap the iron. Need a lighter cut then tap the handle on the back of the plane. Tap on the sides to adjust the skew/square Ness of the iron to the sole. Works really well.