I have about 50 traditional wooden molding planes & a Stanley 55.
I restore period antiques (Oldest I have worked on is circa 1680). I use the planes to recreate moldings to replace pieces that are missing. Sometimes it is just not possible to do that with the traditional wooden molding planes that I have. That is when I pull out the 55. It has not failed me yet. Takes patience and practice
but it sure beats a $200.00 +/- fee to have cutters made for my
molding machine + it leaves tool marks that are correct on a period antique. I could not have completed many of the restorations that I have done without it.
Tom in Nashville