Quickly Identify Your Hand Plane

Vintage Stanley made:

The lateral adjuster on a Stanley made plane.

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After 1885 when Stanley added the lateral adjuster, All Stanley Bailey and Stanley Bedrock planes had this style adjuster.

Birmingham Plane (B Plane)     Here is one restored

The Birmingham Plane Manufacturing Company of Birmingham, CT (1885-1900)

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Birmingham Plane (B Plane)
The Birmingham Plane Manufacturing Company of Birmingham, CT (1885-1900)
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Sargent made:  Here is Sargent Dating info

The lateral adjuster on a Sargent made plane.

Sargent 1910 and before:

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The Sargent twisted lateral had 2 different guides,

The type 2 (horseshoe style on the left) and type 3 (bent type on the right)

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Sargent 1911 and After: (Including Hercules)

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Millers Falls made:

That lateral adjuster on a Millers Falls made plane.

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Ohio Tools made: Here is some  more info and more pictures to help identify a Ohio Tools plane.

That lateral adjuster on a Ohio Tools made plane.

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Early Lateral

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Later Lateral

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Stanley made Defiance:

That lateral adjuster on a Stanley made Defiance plane.

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Another telltale sign of the defiance plane is the flat sided reddish tote.

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Stanley made Handyman:

That lateral adjuster on a Stanley made Handyman series plane.

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Union made:

That lateral adjuster of a Union looks like the early twisted Sargent, but with a washer type guide like the Ohio Tools or Stanley.

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Stanley After the 70’s

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this is a Stanley type 21 (1962-67)

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Birmingham Plane (B Plane)

The Birmingham Plane Manufacturing Company of Birmingham, CT (1885-1900)

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