Axminster Rider No. 4 1/2 Smoothing Plane
Axminster Rider No. 4 1/2 Smoothing Plane
£103.82 - £118.82 (£86.52 - £99.02 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Rider No. 4 1/2 Smoothing Plane

  • For surface finishing and final smoothing
  • 255mm(10") long with a 60mm(2-3/8") wide blade
  • Ground sole
  • Ductile, cast iron body, Indian hardwood handles
  • Honed 3mm thick, O1 high carbon steel blade
  • Supplied with a spare blade and a plane sock
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£103.82 - £118.82 (£86.52 - £99.02 Ex. VAT)

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In Detail

The No. 4 1/2 has the heft to help finely smooth, even the most difficult grain. All Rider planes are good quality and suitable for home or professional site or bench use. A No. 4 1/2 with its wide blade can cover a greater area in fewer strokes.

Well made, the Rider No.4 1/2 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 255mm (10") long with a 60mm (2-3/8") wide blade. The sole of the plane is flat and accurate.

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 1/2 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 1/2
Nett Weight 2.6 kg (5lb 12oz)
Plane Blade Width 60 mm (2.3/8")
Plane Sole Length 255 mm (10")
Sole Length 255 mm
Reviews (9)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.1 out of 5 based on 9 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



24 January 2017

Good value

This is a good plane for the money. It is heavy and sole is flat and has very nice handles. If you want a flat and polished blade like me you will have to spend some effort with it. Lateral adjustment has some play to it but nothing remarkable. The play of the depth setting is quite high, but you can get used to it allthough it will take a little more time when you need to back the iron off as you normally need to go past the play and then in again past the play to set it to the new depth. I can easily get shavings thinner than 0.1mm after I worked a little on the blade. If you are a beginner to handtool precision woodworking as me, this is a great plane. Of course you will need a good sharpening system as with all hand tools. You get 2 blades with this plane. You can for example sharpen one for scrubbing (rounded edge) and the other for smoothing (straight edge). With less play and a lever for the cap iron instead of a screw, this plane would be top notch.


1 September 2016

Great for the price

If you like to fettle your tools as i do and didn't want to buy a vintage Stanley then buy a rider 4 1/2" or any of the rider range.If you dont know how to fine tune or dont want to be bothered fettling your plane buy a lie Nielsen or veritas and pay four times as much for that.Clifton planes however will need to be fettled to fine tune them and will cost the same as a Lie Nielsen and Veritas. The rider range all in all do nice planes nicely packaged with a swift free delivery cant complain for the small cost

Nicholas Wall

28 April 2016

You get what you pay for!

Purchased the 4 1/2 Rider smoother from Axminster as a change from Stanley. The price was a factor in my choice but as so often happens you get what you pay for! The casting is poor, no amount of lapping polishes the sole. The brass blade adjustment wheel is hampered by the tote and it catches and marks the wood. It is a nice heavy plane but attention to detail let's it down. Lots of fettling and honing the iron and it's an average plane at best. The reason Clifton, lie Nielsen, Veritas and other heirloom planes are so expensive is because they are very well made and a pleasure to use. Axminster is and shall remain my first port of call for tools and sundries.


7 April 2016

Nice plane, shame about the looks.

Received the plane today as a birthday present. Nice solid feel to it and well made. Does the job just as it's meant to do, so no complaints there. However the finish of it leaves a little to be desired for a brand new plane. There's paint chipped off along the body and frog and the blade adjustment nut digs into the handle, leaving a gouge in the wood. Only cosmetic faults, but I feel it let's the plane down considering its brand new.


23 March 2016

Great plane

I already have a no. 7, so it was no surprise that this was a good quality plane. Well made with a decent finish. It might not be a Lie-Nielsen but then the price tag is much more wallet friendly! After a quick honing, it cuts very nicely. I'll never buy a Stanely again!
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