I had the good fortune to attend Handworks in Iowa this year, and what a surprise Veritas has for us. They unveiled their new combination plane to be released in August, a re-engineered Stanley 45. I handled it, asked lots of questions, and it looks and works great. The fence can be used on the left or right, so it is left- and right-handed and easier to use either way the grain is running. The fence has the 45’s nice fine-adjustment screw, and the depth stop is threaded so there’s isn’t the slipping depth stop problem like the small plow. And it can use all of the small plow’s existing sets of cutters, as well as the cutters of the Stanley 45 and 55 (except the molding irons).
Price is $300 and change.
I don’t get excited about new tools very often, but this one is pretty sweet.
Wow — I wonder if Veritas’ engineering and modern mfring methods will overcome the many limitations of the 45’s and 55’s, and we woodworkers will finally have a combo plane that just works.
Thanks for posting!
I saw this plane at AWFS last week, and it’s everything they say it is. I plant to buy one when they are released, which is expected very soon. The cutters from their small plow plane will work with this plane, and I have all of those, the coversion, and the new beading blades for use after the conversion. Beautiful plane, and fits great in the hand, while grooving from either side. The Veritas rep said that it does replace the Stanley 45 and 55. Can’t wait. Best to all.