Stanley S5 Plane

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  • #668105
    Jeff Stuart
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    What is the consensus on the Stanley S5? I read up on them in general, and it seems like a beefed up Bailey pattern plane, so what’s not to love?

    I also picked one up on EBay, so maybe it’s a little late to ask, but I’d still like to know if they have any chronic problems.

    Thanks,
    Jeff

    #668121
    Larry Geib
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    No problems that I’m aware of. The “S” stands for steel.

    Stanley marketed them as unbreakable, either for trade school or shops with concrete floors. I think they were made in #4 and #5 sizes only.

    They do weigh a bit more than the regular #5, but it’s the steel that makes them stronger. Fans of heavier planes liked them as the heaviest 2” wide iron plane .

    The other plane that was used for trade schools was the #5 1/4, which was cast iron but had a heavier casting and weighed just about the same as an S5. The 5 1/4 had a 1 3/4” iron.

    The #605 bedrock weighed about 3/4 lb more.

    The next step up in heft was the #5 1/2, which weighed three pounds more and had a wider iron.

    #668620
    Jeff Stuart
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    Thank you Larry. I don’t know enough to dislike weight, so all is good. I have ceramic tile in the shop floor, so it should be a fair fight….

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