Axminster Rider No. 62 Low Angle Jack Plane
Axminster Rider No. 62 Low Angle Jack Plane
£117.22 - £132.22 (£97.68 - £110.18 Ex. VAT)

Axminster Rider No. 62 Low Angle Jack Plane

  • Blade bedded at 12° with bevel-up, superior finish on end grain
  • Ideal plane to use on a shooting board
  • 5mm thick high carbon steel blade eliminates chatter
  • Adjustable mouth for control in either light or heavy cuts
  • Ductile cast iron alloy body, brass lever cap, smooth wooden handles
  • Supplied with a spare blade and a plane sock
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£117.22 - £132.22 (£97.68 - £110.18 Ex. VAT)

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Description

In Detail

The No. 62 is a low angle jack plane. First produced in the dim and distant past by Stanley, it was originally intended for use on end grain and stock removal. The Stanley version had its faults though, namely the thin casting. Modern casting methods and design means the Axminster Rider No. 62 will bring you only positive results. The bed angle (12°), bevel-up blade, depth adjustment and adjustable mouth are all features reminiscent of superior block planes. The No. 62 performs exceptionally well when used on a shooting board. The 12° bed combined with a bevel angle of 25° gives you an effective cutting angle of 37°. The chunky blade is 5mm thick and able to slice through timber with ease without fear of chatter. The micro depth adjuster combined with an adjustable mouth gives you complete control to produce the thinnest of shavings and leave the silkiest of surfaces. One of the key features the No. 62 has over other bench planes is the easily adjustable mouth, meaning timber tear can be kept to a minimum. Grinding steeper bevels on the blade gives you the option of using the No. 62 for working difficult grain where tear-out could be a problem.

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. The cap iron and other quality fittings on the planes are solid brass, an ideal material for moving parts. The sole is 350mm (14") long with a 50mm (2") wide, 5mm thick blade. The sole of the plane is flat and accurate. Weight 2.24kg (4lbs 15oz).

Rider planes only require the bare minimum of preparation. The blade comes honed with a secondary bevel ready to take shavings. Each blade is oil quenched, high carbon steel, hardened and tempered to HRC 63. Every plane undergoes careful inspection in Axminster to ensure consistent quality. The No. 62 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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Specification

Model 62
Nett Weight 2.24 kg (4lb 15oz)
Plane Blade Width 50 mm (2")
Plane Sole Length 350 mm (14")
Sole Length 350 mm
Reviews (12)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews

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Nik

9 March 2018

Plane facts

I already own a Rider No. 4 and No. 5.
I bought this plane from the Axminster e-bay store which deals with factory seconds. Because of this I accepted there would be some issues with the plane. On delivery these proved to be mainly cosmetic, with dents to the edges of the sole plate which were fixed at the expense of the satin finish.
The biggest issue I experienced was with the plane iron, and this is echoed in some of the other reviews. After a lot of effort honing, I found the centre section of the iron to be pitted, but could only see this under a magnifying glass. Once I contacted Axminster, they offered to refund the purchase upon return, but instead of this I requested a replacement blade, as the plane itself is great.
The reason for the five star rating is as much a rating on Axminster as the product itself - this is not the first time I have had occasion to contact customer services, and they are excellent.
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Derek Hart

8 March 2018

If you can't adjust it, it's no use

Firstly I apologies for the low rating of this plane. The casting is fine. The blades are pretty good once honed properly. The problem is entirely with the blade adjustment. The knurled adjustment knob is too small and being made of brass is shredded by the groove in the blade.

I spent a couple of hours trying to get the plane set up to work comfortably but this is just a bad design of adjustment. If the cap iron is tight enough to prevent the blade moving in use then adjustment is impossible by hand. If you use anything to give a mechanical advantage then the flange on the brass adjustment knob sheds brass.

The casting is fine flat and square. The frog where the blade sits could be honed to a finer finish, but if you can't adjust the cut quickly and easily then it's no use.

Axminster have sent me a replacement which arrived today but it is just the same.

The Rider 5 1/2 I bought is great and works fine but the 62 needs to go back to the drawing board. I would suggest a larger adjustment knob, both diameter and length to allow easier access and better mechanical advantage. It needs to be steel and be designed such that the mating surface with the blade minimises wear. The thread size could also be finer to give an easier adjustment. Check out the Lie Nelson or Wood river.

I'll be returning the original and replacement for a refund and as I can't justify the extra cost of other makes, I'll continue to make do without the low angle jack plane.
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Ross

24 February 2018

Low Angle Jack Plane

This is a follow upon my previous comments.
I have just completed a table top with this plane and thought some further comments were needed.
Firstly, using a blade hones to 40 degrees I finished up with a good smooth finish.
However, the blade adjustment arrangement was very disappointing. The depth control is a small knob, hard to turn, with a flange that fits into a groove in the blade; turning the knob pushes the blade in/out. The machining is rough so it does not turn easily and bits of brass wear off the knob. As the knob turns it pushes the blade out of lateral adjustment. There is no lateral adjustment lever so the blade has to be tapped into alignment.
Therefore I could not make blade depth adjustment on the fly and depth adjustment was tedious. The machining of the frog face is rough, therefore nothing moves smoothly. Overall, very disappointed.
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Ross

10 February 2018

Well Presented Good Quality Plane

I have just received the plane and have not seriously used it yet but decided to add my initial impressions and follow up later with more detail, since I found the reviews by others of much help and wanted to contribute.
Firstly the packaging and presentation creates an impression of quality and the included spare blade and sock prompted me to purchase this rather than a similar but less expensive one without the useful inclusions.
The quality of the plane body is high and it is comfortable in the hand. The blade and throat are easy to adjust.
However it was not ready to use our of the box as expected. It needed a good clean to remove the rust protection, which of course is expected. But the main issue was the experience with the blades similar to a previous review; the blade fitted in the plane being poorly honed to the extent that the back was not flattened but was showing what seemed to be a back bevel, and the edge was serrated with milling marks that were not removed. The spare blade was also not prepared much and so blunt a finger could be run along the edge. So it really seems the luck of the draw with blades.
It took significant time to hone both blades to achieve acceptable edges, rather than the quick touch up expected. I honed one at 25 Deg and the other at 40Deg no micro bevel at this stage. Initial test show fine shavings from both of about 2 thou or less.
I am pleased with the initial handling and performance and look forward to contributing more comments as experience is gained.
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Chris

1 January 2018

62low angle jack

This is the 2nd review I have done on this plane. I have owned it for a year now & in this last 12 months its done a hell of a lot of work (just a superb plane to use) easy to set up and as good as any bevel up costing much more, you cant go wrong with one of these.
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