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  • #316944
    kenny moore
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    hi
    every 1
    can someone let me know weather a record marples plane are any good
    (record and marples as one ) not the 2 manufactures each on there own.
    reply,s will be very much appreciated
    best wishes.
    ken

    #316953
    David B
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    Probably somewhat dependent on when/where it was manufactured. Do you have any photos?

    #316969
    Harvey Kimsey
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    In the US they are marketed under the Irwin/Marples name. I bought one yesterday for $13….a 1/8″ chisel. The plastic handles are not as nice as those on my 25 year old set of Marples chisels but it sharpened up nicely and it did what I wanted.

    #316972
    David B
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    That’s why I asked about when/where made. It’s one of those things that happens with corporate conglomerates and the buying/selling of brands. I am not sure who originally made them but Lenox was the tool division that I believe carried the Irwin/Record/Marples names and was most recently owned by Newell until they were forced to divest the division as part of a portfolio rationalization move required by regulators in order to push through their acquisition of Jarden (not a maker of tools). I believe Newell sold Irwin to Stanley Black & Decker last year, which is of course a shadow of the company that makes the Stanley/Bailey planes we are so familiar with…

    But if they are older marples, I think they are supposed to be pretty good. I have a nearly new Record 5 plane and a set of Marples chisels (no wooden handles–mine have the yellow resin handles), though both are generally pretty good imo. Just wish they had wooden handles… The plane has a screw pressure/knurl nut to lock-down/tighten the chip breaker whereas I think I prefer the lever-cap/Stanley kind.

    Anyway, got any pictures? I’ve attached a picture of the ones I have.

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    #317074
    deanbecker
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    If those are the old maples chiselsyou got really good ones. I believe they sold for a premieum over the wooden handled ones when they came out.

    #317078
    David B
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    I am fortunate to have a friend who was employed by the company and had some shipped to me. There is another set of Irwin chisels I had which were supposed to be great because they had a full-tang but I found them to be clumsy/cumbersome and the handles were coated in rubber that flaked off after a lot of use and turned my hands different colors (which was how I came upon the yellow-handled ones–they were sent to me as a replacement for the blue-handled full-tang giants)…They don’t make tools with little guys in mind.

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    #317302
    Chris Wood
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    Marples had their own range of planes prior to the merger with Record. Their planes were very similar to every other Bailey type plane on the market. I have found that the better planes all have the frog adjusting screw at the base of the frog. Cheaper, and therefore inferior planes do not have this screw relying on setting the frog using just the two securing screws on the front of the frog under the iron assembly.

    #398671
    kenny moore
    Participant

    thanks every one for your comments.
    much appreciated

    #418227
    bubba1
    Member

    …I have found that the better planes all have the frog adjusting screw at the base of the frog. Cheaper, and therefore inferior planes do not have this screw relying on setting the frog using just the two securing screws on the front of the frog under the iron assembly.

    Ain’t necessary so. Stanley planes pre type 10 did not have a frog adjustment screw. I have a near full set of type 9’s and they are some of my favorite users.

    ken

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