Axminster Rider No. 5 1/2 Jack Plane
Axminster Rider No. 5 1/2 Jack Plane
£116.99 - £121.98 (£97.49 - £101.65 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
  • Ground sole
  • Ductile, cast iron body
  • Twice waxed hardwood handles
  • Honed 3mm thick, O1 high carbon steel blade
  • Supplied with a spare blade and a plane sock
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£116.99 - £121.98 (£97.49 - £101.65 Ex. VAT)

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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 hardwood 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.

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.

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

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.9 out of 5 based on 4 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



3 November 2018

Really good plane

I'm fairly novice and not done any proper planing since school. Agree with some of the comments that they are a bit tricky to set up correctly but once you have sharpened and re fitted the irons a couple of times you work it out.

The lady at the store was great help taking me through how to sharpen them properly and what sharpening system would probably be best.

Overall they are really good.

Patrick Wullaert

7 September 2017

Excellent plane for the price !

I was fed up trying to use a no. 4 for nearly all hand planing work and came to the Axminster site searching for an extra plane that could cope better with the job I needed to do. Of course I looked at the obvious candidates from Lee Nielsen and Veritas but naturally I also saw their prices. I realize you pay for the quality but I thought it'd be worth a try to see if I could cope with a bit less perfection and get a nicer price tag in return. I had the Chinese made Juuma's in mind but Axminster doesn't sell them but I noticed they sold their own Rider brand and they seemed to be highly rated by their owners. On top of that, they were more in my price bracket as well as I'd get an extra iron and a plane sock on top. Well worth a try, I thought and after careful comparison of a 5 and 5 1/2 I ordered the latter. I was sure I could benefit from the extra heft and length it offers. Adn now that I have it, I must say I'm really happy with it. The length and weight are perfect and while still being a jack plane, it does cope very well with jointing of not-too-long boards (which is one of the tasks I wanted it for). The build quality is very good (not perfect but definitely very good). The plane was straight/square and well-oiled and -packaged. Out of the box the blade was sharp but not quite sharp enough and the cutting edge not perfectly flat (one could say it doesn't need to be, of course). After some sharpening it cut like a razor. The plane is nice to handle but obviously one can feel the weight after a lengthy session. The adjustment of cutting depth could be better and that all has to do with the yoke, which is simply too loose, resulting in some play that has to be compensated by the adjuster so sometimes you have to turn a bit more than you'd expect to have. I'd also rather have seen a cam lever rather than a knob to lock the cap in place. The sock provided to protect the plane is really too small. I think it's more a fit for a no. 5. Well, as you can see these are minor nags and the positives by far outweigh the negatives. The function of the tool - planing - is beyond reproach and if I'm in the market for another hand plane I'll happily come back to Axminster for a Rider !


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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