Axminster Rider No. 4 Smoothing Plane
Axminster Rider No. 4 Smoothing Plane
£89.96 - £104.96 (£74.97 - £87.47 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Rider No. 4 Smoothing Plane

  • For surface finishing and final smoothing
  • 245mm(9-1/2") long with a 50mm(2") wide blade
  • Sole ground to ± 0.04mm (0.0016")
  • Ductile, cast iron body, Indian rosewood handles
  • Honed 3mm thick, O1 high carbon steel blade
  • Supplied with a spare blade and a plane sock
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£89.96 - £104.96 (£74.97 - £87.47 Ex. VAT)

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The No.4 smoother is a good starting point for those new to woodworking. All Rider planes are good quality and suitable for professional site or bench use. A No.4 is a handy size and weight for finishing and final smoothing as well a general-purpose plane.

Well made, the Rider version has many excellent features. The main casting is ductile iron chosen for its high strength and impact resistance. It has an adjustable frog, depth and lateral blade control and Indian rosewood handles. The cap iron and other quality fittings on the planes are solid brass, an ideal material for moving parts.

The sole is 245mm(9-1/2") long with a 50mm(2") wide blade. The sole of the plane is flat and accurate to ± 0.04mm (0.0016").

Rider planes only require the bare minimum of initial preparation. The blade comes honed with a secondary bevel ready to take shavings. Each blade is oil quenched, high carbon spring steel, hardened and tempered to HRC 63.

Every plane undergoes careful inspection in Axminster to ensure consistent quality. The No.4 comes with a spare blade, plane sock and instruction booklet. We are confident that Axminster Rider planes represent a good standard in traditional, quality plane manufacture and great value.

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Model No.4
Nett Weight 1.85kg (4lb)
Plane Blade Width 50mm (2")
Plane Sole Length 245mm (9.1/2")
Reviews (10)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.6 out of 5 based on 10 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews


Gavin Mutch

8 September 2016


First of all, this is not a Lie Nielsen. I had no unrealistic expectations of the plane. It isn't a bedrock pattern either, which I like for bench work, but I don't mind that, this fellow is coming in the van with me. Compared to my old bailey (now a scrub plane) the Rider is a quality item. Life is too short for me to faff around with straight edges, and feeler gauges. A wee while shoving the thing will tell me all I need to know. It comes with a spare blade too, is this a refection on their edge keeping qualities? Time will tell but it looks promising.


21 January 2016

Great Value With Some Fettling

Impressed with this plane. It fits in the market exactly where there has been a gap i.e. doesn't cost too much but can be made to work well with a tiny bit of knowledge and effort The casting/grinding was good. Dead flat sole and sides absolutely 90 degrees so no problems there for me. Out of the box the supplied blade was sharp-ish, but the action clogged and skipped due to gaps between the cap iron and blade. 15 minutes to tune up the blade and prepare the cap iron and this plane now cuts as well as any other premium plane I own. The only slight negatives are the paint work isn't perfect and the handles feel slightly oily, but these are really just cosmetic/personal preference and don't affect the operation of the tool. Casting edges were a little sharp too, but that's an easy fix and one the doesn't feel bad doing to a tool that doesn't cost the earth in the first place.


22 November 2015

Overall good but need some tuning

I had to flatten the sole of my plane as it was way out of spec when I got it. Quite concave in front of the mouth. After fixing that, it was very good.

The plane arrived with two blades, which both needed just a little bit of sharpening. Initially it looked all fine, but they won't keep their edge for very long. When I try to plane pine end grain I can take only a couple of shavings before the edge looks like it has been used on nails. I even tried to set up a 35degree bevel. I changed the blade with a thinner I had from a 10£ plane, and it was much better. The cheap (but good) blade was specified to be hardened to HRC 55-62, and the Rider blade should have been HRC 63. One of them is apparently out of spec, and I suspect the Rider blades are too soft.

Sven-Olof Jansson

9 October 2015

The sole, the sole minus

It was with a bit of misgiving that I ordered this plane, but having very good experience from a Rider block plane, not that keen on a Stanley, and attracted by the price I went for this one.
It arrived promptly, well protected in a box, and ready to use. A little stropping was all the perfectly flat blade required to make the edge very sharp. The cap iron seems a bit thick, could perhaps be better sharpened, and definitely had its groove more elegantly shaped. The lever knob was a pleasant experience, and to me an improvement over the usual lock. Apart from some slack, the blade depth adjustment was smooth and allowing for fine settings.
Adjusting for even cuts over the whole blade is a challenge on this specific one, as the sole is not flat but concave, with the nadir just behind the mouth, and the left side more curved than the right. The latter is within tolerances, but the left gap is clearly outside the specification of 0.0032” as maximal deviation. As long as the whole plane is over the board this “skew banana shape” of the sole isn’t totally important, once the blade has been adjusted, but when shaving past the edges the plane will dip every time of its edges go beyond the end of the workpiece, resulting in thicker shavings than at the centre of the piece. The same will also occur when the plane is held diagonally on a workpiece too narrow to support the edges of the plane.
Given the other nice properties and the attractive price I don’t mind that I will have to work to get it flatter, though next time I hope Axminster will also offer planes made in Sheffield.

Hilmi Nevzat

8 July 2015

Rider N0 4 Smoothing plane.

I've only rated features 4/5. The wishbone should have been cast steel and not stamped. However, the stamping is high quality ,two part, hollow riveted and carefully pined into cast iron frog. Some slack during blade adjustment. Value 5/5. Very sad to say this, would not buy modern Stanley or Record smoothing planes again. Too expensive, hate plastic knob and handle. Low build quality compared to this Rider plane. Refined, attention to detail and high quality trade tool for Carpenters, Joiners, Cabinet makers and Kitchen installers / shop fitters.

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