Axminster Rider No. 5 1/2 Jack Plane
Axminster Rider No. 5 1/2 Jack Plane
£110.87 - £125.87 (£92.39 - £104.89 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Rider No. 5 1/2 Jack Plane

  • Versatile; flattening panels, jointing boards and general preparation
  • 375mm(14-3/4") long with a 60mm(2-3/8") wide blade
  • Sole ground to ± 0.04mm (0.0016")
  • Ductile, cast iron alloy 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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£110.87 - £125.87 (£92.39 - £104.89 Ex. VAT)

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In Detail

The No. 5 1/2, as the name suggests, is halfway between a No. 5 and a No. 6. Compared to the No. 5, its longer length and wider blade make a better choice for flattening boards and truing panels. The extra mass gives it more heft, a great help when doing the initial surface preparation on a board. At the same time, being slightly lighter and shorter than its larger cousin, it is more manageable, and yet equally as good for fore-plane work. The 5 1/2 makes an excellent choice for use on a shooting board.

This Rider version has many excellent features. The main casting is a ductile iron alloy, chosen for its high strength and its impact and high corrosion resistant properties. 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 375mm (14-3/4") long with a 60mm (2-3/8") 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. 5 1/2 comes with a spare blade, plane sock and instruction booklet. We are confident that Axminster Rider planes represent a good standard of traditional, quality plane manufacture and great value.



Model 5-1/2
Nett Weight 3.24kg (7lb 2oz)
Plane Blade Width 60mm (2.3/8")
Plane Sole Length 375mm (14.3/4")
Reviews (2)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.9 out of 5 based on 2 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



9 April 2017

Chip breaker

I would like to thank the person who wrote the first review, without his experienced knowledge would have rendered my plane as a door stop or possibly being donated to Susan Gardener.
Initial inspection of the plane was good, not so good after using it. I sharpened the blade but still no luck. After which I read the first review and saw the comment about the chip break, I hit mine on the 140 Atoma and refitted, the difference was light and day. I am so grateful for the first review. My plane is now almost perfect.

Simon Gardiner

20 January 2017

A really nice plane - eventually

I recently bought this plane and am really pleased with it. Its a pleasure to used and a lot less expensive than certain other makes. Its a nice weight, good quality blade and solid body with a flat base.

However, I would take issue with the product description when it says the plane "requires the bare minimum of initial preparation". With the plane I bought there was no secodary bevel on the blade in the plane (although there was on the spare blade). In fact the blade was pretty blunt. No big deal as I would have expected o fine tune the blade anyway. But after sharpening the blade I found the plane clogged up almost immediatly. On examination I found the edge of the chip breaked had not been ground correctly and was allowing shavings to wedge between it and the blade (even when tightly fitted). So it was out with the diamond plate and a but more "initial preparation". It didn't take that long but its an issue to be aware of.
The only othe minor issue is there is quite of lot of backlash (play) in the blade depth adjustment mechanism. But while I have detailed the initial preparation i undertook to assist others who are considering this plane can I just conclude by repeating what I said at the begining, once its set up it is an excellent plane and I would highly recommend it.

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