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  • #553931
    GfB
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    I’m looking for input from folks who have used the Veritas plow and combination planes.

    I was looking to buy my next “dream tool”, the Veritas plow plane, with a set of imperial blades and beads. Then I ran across the combination plane, which seems much more versatile, but also adds $$$. (and look at all those brass screws!)

    Things I’m thinking about:
    – I am left-handed, and my son is right-handed, so investment in left and right plows might be needed. From what I read on the LV site, it looks like the plow plane uses different blades for left and right handed versions. This means we couldn’t share blades.
    – The combination plane seems to allow the fence on either side, and only needs to use right-handed blades.

    Is the combination plane worth the investment, compared to the plow? Does it work well?

    #553932
    David M
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    I too have been wondering about these planes. While I don’t have answers for you I did come across some interesting reviews that may be helpful.

    Have a look here https://www.inthewoodshop.com/ToolReviews/.

    The page lists various reviews including the planes of interest.

    David M

    #554101
    Ed
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    @AWESOMEOPOSSUM74 not sure if this will help, but I’m left handed too, yet own the right handed plow plane. I bought the right handed thinking that, if I want to use hollows, rounds, and old moulding planes, I better just get used to “right handed” planes. I was using the plow today and this reminded me that, really, I think it is the left hand on the fence that is the critical hand. The focus is on keeping the fence tight and not so much on pushing with the right hand. In fact, I probably push as much with the left as the right on the Veritas plow plane and I try not to control the plane with the right hand / handle. Doing so oversteers the plane. So, if you think you need both a left and right handed set of planes for you and your son, maybe consider getting just the right handed first and seeing how it goes. I think centuries ago, the righties may have messed up and accidentally made left handed planes, then just became accustomed to them.

    #554102
    Jim Thornton
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    I agree. I normally plane with my left hand pushing. However, I have a Record rabbet plane that I used for truing edges before I got my jointer (powered). It also seemed natural to push with my right hand and guide the fence with my left.

    Jim

    If you can't afford to do big things...........do small things in a big way!

    #554107
    Harvey Kimsey
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    I have been advised to avoid combination planes and to collect and learn how to use dedicated wood moulding planes. However, the LV combination plane looks good for beading, reeding and things like that. I have the LV plow plane and am very happy with it. The collets and rods for the fence are sturdy and don’t go out of adjustment. I agree with whoever said it is the fence hand that is important. This is particularly tricky when plowing grooves in thin stock, as the fence has less surface to bear against. This takes a little practice! It improves performance to add on a longer auxiliary fence. I also found that slightly relieving the back sides of the cutter, without changing the cutter width, helps with binding up in deep grooves. If you look at older plow planes, the sides of the cutter are always beveled somewhat.

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