Axminster Rider No. 6 Fore Plane
Axminster Rider No. 6 Fore Plane
£128.98 - £143.98 (£107.48 - £119.98 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Rider No. 6 Fore Plane

  • A plane for rapid stock removal and initial flattening of boards
  • 460mm (18") 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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£128.98 - £143.98 (£107.48 - £119.98 Ex. VAT)

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The No.6 is a dual-purpose plane; used for quick stock removal similar to a Jack or for truing up edges, or levelling wide boards. All Rider planes are good quality and suitable for home or professional site or bench use. Originally the No.6 was used for timber preparation be-FORE any other 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 460mm (18") long with a 60mm (2-3/8") wide blade. The sole of the plane is flat and accurate. At 3.5kg (7-3/4 lb), it provides the mass to easily remove thicker shavings.

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.6 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.6
Nett Weight 3.5 kg (7lb 12oz)
Plane Blade Width 60 mm (2.3/8")
Plane Sole Length 460 mm (18")
Sole Length 460 mm
Reviews (3)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4 out of 5 based on 3 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews


David George

26 January 2018

Beware of advertised features.

I recently bought a Rider number 6 and a number 4 smoother. The number 4 was perfect out of the box -exactly as advertised. On the other hand the number 6 was not. First impressions when I opened the box were of a well made plane. After further examination and testing for flatness I found that the flatness was well out of the tolerance advertised (+/- 1.6 thou). In fact after 2 hours of flattening with 120 abrasive I managed to achieve a usable level of flattening ( toe / heel / throat at the same level, but I still had a hollow extending from 20 to 170mm from the throat to the heel. This hollow was still 2 thou under an engineers straight edge after 2 hours. My only advice would be to only purchase this plane if you are prepared to carry out extensive fettling work on a plane that is promoted as being able to be used straight out of the box.


16 March 2016

Great Plane

I purchased a Rider no5 was so impressed I now brought No6 & No41/2, dont expectect them to be perfect out the box a small amount of fettling needed to make a truly excellent plane.
Sole is flat and square to sides with a nice ground finish, painted parts look a little gloopy where it's a little heavily applied but, the 41/2 I purchased has a matt finish and looks much better. Blades need a little work to flatten the back and a good hone, the blade in the No5 seems a little soft and burrs over quickly on hardwoods, however the No6 and the 41/2 seem to hold a good edge so there seems to be a variation in blade quality.
I would recommend these as a fantansic plane for the money with a nice heavy feel. Such a shame there is no Rider No51/2 to complete the set, I dont think I would buy another Stanley or Record much prefer the Riders.


20 December 2015


Well packed, nice storage/transit box and the spare blade is a nice touch. Pros: good machining, everything well finished and square- all fits well and feels good in the hand. I will use this a lot.
Cons: One of the blades ground to the edge at 30degrees, the other at 25. Blades sharpen up well but twisty grain takes the edge quickly. I build wooden boats and Larch takes the edge off quickly. I bought a laminated blade at the same time and having sharpened it and fitted it it brings the tool to a new dimension, but not cheap.
Overall a good product.
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