The Rider No. 80 cabinet scraper produces a clean even finish and is ideal when used to smooth difficult grain over large areas. Tightening the knob, behind the blade, causes a slight bow in the blade. This increases the bite and hence the thickness of shaving. The body of the No. 80 is a fine, grey, iron casting with a flat, machined base. The base measures 90mm(3-1/2") x 68mm(2-5/8"), the blade is 70mm(2-3/4") wide. Checked for consistent quality at Axminster and supplied in an attractive, foam lined, sturdy black box with an instruction booklet.
Rider planes only require the bare minimum of initial preparation. The blade is oil quenched, high carbon spring steel, hardened and tempered to HRC 63, and only requires a little honing before use. Every plane undergoes careful inspection in Axminster to ensure consistent quality. We are confident that Axminster Rider planes represent a good standard in traditional, quality plane manufacture and great value.
|Nett Weight||733g (1lb 10oz)|
|Plane Blade Width||70mm (2.3/4")|
|Plane Sole Length||68mm (2.9/16")|
28 January 2017
Axminster Rider 80 Scraper Plane - Not good qualityThe best thing about the Axminster scraper plane is the box in which it comes, it is worthy of an Apple product. There is a generic Axminster plane manual that covers setting up most of their other planes but barely mentions the scraper plane just saying it is useful for difficult train. Nothing about honing it setting it up. This may explain why the demonstration model the shop was set up with the blade in backwards and the young assistant did not know how to set it up either. However, Google and Youtube came to the rescue. The cast iron plane itself looks nice enough wih some brass blade clamping bolts but is not of good quality. I honed the blade, set it up in accordance with the a Youtube video. Nothing much happened on the first experimental scrapes on some oak, so I tightened up the centre blade bending bolt and the thread in the bolt hole stripped. Back to the shop.
25 November 2016
Save your moneyPoorly finished casting and blade. The sole was nowhere near flat and still isn't despite a lot of lapping. Blade bevel is too shallow for a scraper plane and will need regrinding. Save up and buy the Veritas one!