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I’ve bought several old planes over the years. Old planes may go through several owners or tool resellers before we Buy them. Original parts can be lost or damaged. We really have to be careful about buying old planes that may have been altered or assembled from parts of other planes. At first examination this may not be detected. You find out the hard way that the iron or some other part was not originally made for the plane. Flea markets tend to mix the parts to sell a complete plane.
It can really ruin what you thought was a great purchase.
Parts can usually be found to correct the issue and restore the plane correctly but that cost more money and ruins your good deal.
 

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The price of old hand planes has really jumped in the past 10 years.
Non woodworkers are buying them for shelf decoration.
A $15 plane a few years ago is now $40.
I have learned the hard way. I’ve purchased 8 used planes but only 6 are worth a flip after restoration.
 
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