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Is this old plane worth getting and restoring?

Found this on Craigslist, what do you guys think?
posting ID: 3527877290
http://desmoines.craigslist.org/clt/3527877290.html
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From what I can see it looks eminently restorable. It would be nice to know what brand it is. It's not a Stanley, but that doesn't mean it couldn't be a good user, and for $20, WTH.
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I would say its restorable. Here is some history on the company http://www.thckk.org/history/hsb.pdf
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I am not seeing much rust. The plane just seems to have the patina we would expect with its age.

It will easily clean up. Looks like an equivalent of a Stanley No. 5.

If the blade is not too dinged up it is worth getting.

If the blade looks too bad, as long as it uses the same blade as a Stanley, it is worth getting, but would be a reason to try offering less.
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Thanks guys for the advice. I should see if he would take $10 for it.
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Since I have ever used a plane or owned one what should I look for when I inspect this?

Also what do you use to clean them up?
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Make sure there are no cracks in the metal, especially around the mouth. Make sure all the parts are there. The knob and tote can be replaced or repaired, so they are not as important.
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On a similar note....is a ok condition bailey #4 worth 20 bucks??? Its not in good shape, but everythings there and nothing broken.....
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On a similar note....is a ok condition bailey #4 worth 20 bucks??? Its not in good shape, but everythings there and nothing broken.....
If nothing broken, including the casting and the blade can be sharpened to hold an edge, the No 4 is a good plane.

I happen to like my No 4 over my No 5. Same blade, but the No 4 is lighter, since it is the same length as the No 3.
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I would say its restorable. Here is some history on the company http://www.thckk.org/history/hsb.pdf
Hmmm. The plane may have been made by stanley for them.

BTW, should you need to, you can buy a new blade for it from LV and a couple of other suppliers.
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