Re: Are these planes a good value ?
The price for the Record No. 7 plane is too high. Check Ebay and you'll find good Record and Stanley's for less. In fact, it looks like that same plane is listed on Ebay by the same seller right now for $150.00 with free shipping http://www.ebay.com/itm/Record-Wood-...oAAOSwax5YvGZz Note the auction ends in 38 minutes.
ETA - I also think you could do better on the other planes both in terms of price and usability, if you're looking for a basic collection of planes to actually use rather than for their collector value or as an addition to planes you might already have. Out of the group of planes, you're most likely to use the No 3, No 5 and the block plane most frequently. The casting of the No 3 is cracked which is a bad sign for a user and has some other minor issues which are easily remedied by replacing the tote and ball...but why do you want to go through that when you can pick up a decent No. 3 off Ebay quite easily and cheaply (i.e. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Stan...EAAOSw2gxYv09E) ?
Stanley No 5 planes are also readily available.
As for the block plane, again you're going to be dealing with a flawed tool (it's been repaired) from an unknown maker. There are many good block planes available on Ebay and elsewhere and it's really not too much of an expense to splurge on a really good new one from Lee Valley or from some other quality tool maker, so why mess with one of dubious quality?
For all of these reasons, I'd pass on this set.
Last edited by BrianY; 03-08-2017 at 01:27 PM.
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