Kobalt block plane overview
This is just an overview of a cheap block plane I bought. It was packaged in such a way that you can’t take it apart to look at it in the store, so I’m putting up this video of me doing just that. Also I offer up some of my opinions on it because I know you want to hear those..lol.
Throw it in the shit can and go buy a real plane.
Thanks i give up as this is what the price indicates a piece of s__t. Lowes here i come again.
Thanks for the video. I had just purchased this. Looks like I’m returning it and saving a little more for better.
Mine is the same way man maybe even a little worse
"That’s a lot of work to do on a brand new plane"
so what did the customer service say when called them????
Here’s a tip: When you have very specifically high standards based on years of experience, don’t buy the cheapest option from a department store. Overviews like this are useless for the general public who just want to know how to set up the cheap tool for basic needs. We know it isn’t what the pros use. We admire you for your intimate knowledge. How about just giving us an overview that shows us how to set it up and use it? It’s your channel, so you can do whatever you want without listening to me, but every channel is just like this. No one needs to see videos of people berating the cheapest tools. I don’t care if my first-time cutting board project isn’t leveled to a flatness only capable of being measured in microns.
i just bought this piece of crap too and the screw is crooked as well. The thumb adjustment knob is pushed up a little tighter on mine. I am returning it back to Lowes tomrorow.
I just bought the 9 3/4 inch x 2 inch Kobalt Bench Plane from Lowes, ( or Part Number #0118238 ) which is very heavy, ( solid ) and has a wood knob in front and a full sized wood handle on the back end.
I can to set it up because this unit has for different adjusters; and I wanted to get it set up and adjusted correctly for removing material from a cut to fit wooden screen door that I also got from Lowes.
it was the last unit and three, ( 3 ) different Lowes employees said they didn’t sell them, and kept trying to sell me on an electric unit .. which, I didn’t want to pay the $100 plus bucks to use it once an then for it to sit and collect dust. All three just did a search on their cell phone and said sorry
I went and found a manager and told him it was hard to believe that with all of the Lowes tool offerings they did not sell a manual Bench Plane, and then I told him; "maybe I would have better luck finding it at Walmart; which he did take the remark exactly as it was intended. He was the only one, that actually went to the tool section and looked
He then found this one last unit; Why they would sell a door or other items that need to be resized, but not the tools to do it, made no sense whatsoever.
Here is the unit I picked up: https://youtu.be/Kw7lu67ULsk
You definitely got unlucky with that one. My depth adjustment screw is fairly straight relative to the casting so I’m planning to fix it up enough to hold me over till I can bite the bullet on a Veritas and then use this for outdoor projects or the like. Unfortunately the back of the blade is way, way out of flat and the blade doesn’t sit on the casting mouth right due to big misses in the matching, but those issues can be fixed. Thanks for the video!
Ya you just made want to go return it haha thanks tho!!!
Thanks for the detailed review!! I was expecting low quality but that’s harbor freight quality. I was considering buying it and using the parts to make my own block plane, but now that I see it in detail that doesn’t even seem worth it.