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
  • 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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£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.

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 1.85 kg (4lb)
Plane Blade Width 50 mm (2")
Plane Sole Length 245 mm (9.1/2")
Sole Length 245 mm
Reviews (15)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.5 out of 5 based on 15 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



26 November 2017

Reasonable price for good quality

Did the same tuning as Chris ( his review is to be found below) and happy that I found this shop.


6 October 2017

Worth the money

I bought this plane, wanting it to be an improvement to a 'tuned' Stanley number 4. Out of the box, it isn't, so I went through the same process of tuning this plane as I would an old Stanley. Sole flattening was definitely required, as there were hollows front and rear of the mouth. Needed to de-burr the mouth too.

On checking the frog, it sat very well to the sole, no tuning required to either the front or back of it. Whilst the blade arrived sharp, I honed the blade to a very sharp, polished finish with a 30 degree micro bevel. The blade needed flattening on the back also. I ran the chip breaker over a diamond plate to make sure that it was flat - did not want it skewing the blade upon tightening.

Put it all back together, adjusted the frog to minimize the blade/mouth gap and then tested it. Wow! Thinnest of shavings, leaving a shiny dead-flat surface to the wood, really impressed. I own a Lie Nielsen low angle jack plane - which is a superb plane, but when comparing its finish on the same piece, it didn't offer any improvement.

Also tested the Rider against the grain and around smaller knots. No tear out! For its cost, it looks the part and once tuned, really surpasses its price point too - would recommend. Being slightly picky, I've noticed that the brass plane cap screw comes loose from time to time, so would prefer it to be a lever cap type instead of a screw cap.

I've given it four stars for quality, as it needs a fair amount of initial work (mine did anyway). If it came like this out of the box, or somewhere close, then it would definitely get all five stars.

Patrick Wullaert

20 September 2017

A very nice plane. After a bit of work.

Being very pleased with the other Rider planes I have (the 69 1/2 and 5 1/2) I decided I would add the no. 4 too. The price would definitely be right if it performed as well as the other ones. The plane came with a spare blade (which is a very nice extra and something you really must consider when looking at the price tag) and a plane sock. And this one fitted the plane perfectly (contrary to the one provided for the 5 1/2, for which I ended up buying a jointer plane sized sock). When I unpacked the plane the first thing I did was check the geometry of it. I must say that although it's definitely 'good enough' both sides and sole are a bit less straight than the other Riders I have. But fortunately nothing that's not curable. Next, the blade. Sharp but not sharp enough. The backside appeared to be flattened a bit already but it wasn't sufficient and neither was the main bevel. After taking care of that my blade was razor sharp. Strangely enough, I couldn't get the plane to smooth anything. It just didn't, well, plane. Problem, as it turned out, was a less than flat chipbreaker. Took that out again and flattened it well. After that, and of course the necessary setup, the plane did exactly what it was supposed to do and did it really well. With the flatness and sharpness I had now, the tool left an extremely smooth surface - to the point of being almost shiny. Little need for a scraper afterwards.
I feel it's a good plane for the price, especially since you also get the spare blade and sock. It took me a bit of work to get it up and running but most of it was a one time thing. One thing I couldn't fix and which seems to plague the Rider range of planes is the sloppy yoke and so the depth adjustment is accurate but there's more than a little bit of slack before the adjuster does anything at all. This could and should really be improved, although in this plane it was better than in the 5 1/2 I bought.
With minimal work I ended up with a really good plane for a really good price so I cannot but highly recommend it.

Bill Lewsey

3 July 2017

Excellent quality and value for money

I have long been coveting a Lie Nielsen but bought a Rider number 4 instead. Wow, am I glad I did! Superb straight out of the box, excellent weight and feel, beats modern Stanley etc hands down.
I shall definitely be buying more from the range.


6 May 2017


I had high hopes that Axminster would 'pull out all the stops' to create planes of a high quality, but I was mistaken. The sole of the plane was grossly misshapen and took a couple of hours with 60 and 80 grip papers to get it anywhere near flat. Yet I still couldn't get an even cut... both the supplied irons were so badly ground that there was a full mm of difference between left and right edges. In hindsight, I should have set it all back! For the amount of work required, save your money and buy an old Stanley to renovate.
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