The No.5 is usually the first plane used on rough sawn timber. All Rider planes are good quality and suitable for home or professional site or bench use. A No.5 is very versatile, used to flatten, size, square and smooth.
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 355mm (14") 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.5 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.
|Nett Weight||2.5kg (5lb 8oz)|
|Plane Blade Width||50mm (2")|
|Plane Sole Length||355mm (14")|
10 January 2017
Great value for moneyI got this plane yesterday and upon receiving I was surprised by the excellent packaging. The plane itself is of very good quality, heavy, with excellent handles. The sides are dead square to the sole but the sole itself needs a little bit of flattening. Adjustments are very smooth. After initial setup and without honing the blade I was able to plane some walnut with very good results but I strongly recommend that you hone the blade as the secondary bevel wasn't formed well. The only drawback is that the black paint on the inside surfaces of the plane are not of very good quality. All in all this is a very good plane at a very good price.
14 May 2016
Very good toolIts only when you use a tool like this that you realise how poor the tools you previously owned were. Like a lot of weekend wood workers I got by using cheap tools from B & Q etc. Once you make the step up to a more advanced level and want to do better work you need better tools. This range offers you that with cost effectiveness as well, I made my first quality plane this Jack plane and it is a treat to use, A little bit of fettling was needed but I would expect that, what I ended up with was a great piece of kit that made more confident and achieve a better finish. Having the two blades is a plus as well, swap the blade after cambering it and its great for stock removal. I have not found the blades to be an issue and I'm pleased with them, (read what Ron Hock has to say about sharpening new blades, you don't always get the harder more durable steel with a new blade, you may have to sharpen it a couple of times to get to that hard steel). All in all very pleased with this plane and will add to it from the range.
27 April 2016
What a beastMy first hand plane and it's great. Really quite big and heavy but well balanced. Feels great in the hand, the handles are contoured beautifully.
11 March 2016
Great PlaneI purchased a Rider no5 a month or so ago. upon opening first thoughts were very nice feel and good weight, finish is good for price. Plane sole is good and flat but a littĺe work on edges required, no different to my Record no 4. The only point that is a negative is blade quality, dulls quite quickly on oak. Overal a very good bit of kit for the price, I am now thinking of upgrading the blade to make a first class tool.