Much can be said in favour of each style of bench plane and their many varied uses, but which do you prefer and why? I honestly find bevel up planes capable of carrying out the vast majority of tasks given them and – whilst the bevel down format is extremely handy – I seldom find myself reaching for them.
Given the choice, would you chose to exclusively use one bench plane style over the other?
In my limited experience I’ve used only one BU bench plane, a #5 Jack plane. I use it more than any other plane I own. I also own and use several BD planes. No strong preference, but the size and easy adjustments on the BU make it my most used.
I don’t think I’d want to own one style exclusively but it I really don’t think it’d be a big deal. They each work well if properly adjusted, sharp, and used appropriately. .