This is a fine example of the enduringly popular 60 1/2 pattern low angle block plane. This 60 1/2 Deluxe has that little bit extra about it, especially with its polished bronze cap. The blade is used bevel-up bedded at 13.5°, giving great performance especially on end grain and soft woods. All Rider planes are good quality and suitable for home or professional site or bench use.
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 mouth for fine or coarser work. The plane features micro depth adjustment and lateral blade control to achieve the thinnest of shavings.
The sole is 155mm (6-1/8") long with a 35mm (1.1/8") wide blade. The sole of the plane is flat and accurate to +/- 0.04mm (0.0016"). Weighing only 815g (1lb 13oz), it is almost indispensable for most small trimming tasks.
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. 60 1/2 Deluxe comes with a plane sock and instruction booklet. We are confident that Axminster Rider planes represent a good standard in traditional, quality plane manufacture and great value.
|Nett Weight||815 g (1lb 13oz)|
|Plane Blade Width||35 mm (1.3/8")|
|Plane Sole Length||155 mm|
10 January 2018
Brilliant middle of the road block planeYou get what you pay for really. The main plane is well cast, sole is flat, edges are square. The adjustments are accurate and smooth. The blade holds an edge really well. It's not as pretty or has the attention to detail as a Veritas or Clifton etc. However it is head and shoulders above Stanley and Irwin Record latest offerings.
30 December 2015
excellent out of the boxBought this as an Xmas pressie to myself. Wiped off the protective goo and found that it would cut end grain straight from the box. I did a little more honing, wiped it with a lubricant and it's fabulous now.
24 June 2015
Great plane after some work on the ironBought this plane as I do a lot of end grain planing. I would reccomend buying a good wet stone (or similar) if you dont have as the plane iron needs a fair bit of work to get it sharp enough for end grain work.
24 April 2015
Great - I think...So I took the plunge and bought a couple of new planes - the first new planes I've ever owned, if I'm being honest. So for this block plane feels great with a lively weight to it. A quick couple of passes over some fairly rough ash brought it up a treat. I can't wait to learn how to use this and the bench plane I got at the same time properly but the results so far for a relative beginner are pretty darned good. I know my situation is unusual, but a setup manual with the plane may have been helpful. I'm not knocking off any stars from the rating though as it's my own problem, not Axminster's.