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Grizzly H7568 22-Inch Smoothing Plane

3.8 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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  • Used for final finishing work
  • Package dimensions: 6" x 22.4" x 3.5"
  • Approximate weight: 8.55 lbs
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Product Description

Used for final finishing work, this Plane has a perfectly flat sole that will smooth any wood surface. Features include rosewood handles and knobs, full plane iron adjustments, cast iron bases, frog and lever caps, chip breakers and knurled brass adjusting nuts. Ground serrated sole improves sliding action by reducing resistance. Beautifully made with precision fit and finish.

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Technical Details

Part Number H7568
Item Weight 10.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 6 x 22.4 x 3.5 inches
Item model number H7568
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Required? No

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ASIN B000E30594
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3.8 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #325,660 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#113 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools > Hand Planes
Shipping Weight 10.2 pounds
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Date First Available October 7, 2013

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In spite of the expert warnings about lower priced planes, I purchased this one from Grizzly. I have had success with several off brand older planes I bought at a flea market.

This plane arrived in good condition. I checked the sole for flatness and square and found it to be ready to use. All planes can use a tune-up, but I took this out of the box, cleaned up the packing grease, and adjusted the blade for a thin cut. I just ran it over some hard pine to joint an edge, and was able to easily shave off 0.005" thick scrolls of wood. This before any sharpening or "tuning". I'd say this is a very good plane for the money. The only noticable item is the enameled paint in lieu of Japaning.

Yes, it is a corrugated sole, to reduce friction. And yes, it is very flat, as advertised! Flat and corrugated do go together!

I have yet to see what will happen with some squirrely grain, but so far so good.

Update: I have taken a little time to tune this up. With things clean and sharpened to 25 degrees, I have had decent performance planing the edge of some hard maple, with one squirrley edge. The plane does pretty well. I made shavings from 0.002" to 0.006" along the length of the board, but I would recommend considering a better blade if you use this much, such as a Hock. All the parts seem to be machined pretty well and cleaned up easily, but the blade is a bit concave and took some work to flatten.

All in all, still a good buy.

Good bye!
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This plane is not a Lie-Neilson, nor an used vintage Stanley. Duh. I'm a young woodworker (and am mostly hand tool oriented) so I don't have the retirement package that 90% of "woodworkers" have to buy Jet machines and LN products that get used 4 times and then used for display purposes only. But as far as a lower priced (not lower quality) brand, this is a pretty great plane. When I bought it, I expected to have to sharpen the iron (was little to no effort in getting it obscenely sharp) and tune it up. It required NO tuning, the machining is fine, all metal contact points were clean and tight. If you are looking for an affordable #7 plane, buy this. It's worth the money and easy to get amazing results with almost effortlessly. It has a corrugated sole, which was perfectly flat and true, which reduces friction and force needed to move through the wood. I used a dab of paste wax on the sole and it glided wonderfully. I would recommend this product to any woodworker who thinks spending 400+ on a single plane is absurd. This thing is awesome.
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Let's be blunt for a moment. You even looking at this tool implies you're not capable or willing to drop 400$ on a "high quality" number 7 plane.

I bought this for straight joinery, nothing more.

Initial Impressions ->

Out of the box, the plane is covered in some oil substance more akin to cosmoline than I have ever seen on another tool. Good stuff for corrosion prevention, terrible stuff to get off. Soap and water typically works on most "oil coatings" I find, but this just laughed it off. Stepped up to windex, which still did nothing, so then I had to use lacquer thinner which finally did the trick. That not-withstanding, I did a full inspection of the tool, and heres what I found

- rosewood handles are finished poorly. That said, we're woodworkers right? easy fix. The shape is pleasing and large, and the wood was nice, so this wasn't entirely unexpected honestly.
- Using a 4" starrett engineers square, I checked for flatness. No visible light through any point of the sole. It is dead flat, as required.
- Using a 36" starrett machinist scale, I checked for cupping. Again, no visible light. Dead flat.
- Frog is finished poorly. The top looks ok, but the bottom looked awful. Not a deal breaker though.
- The black coating is thick... almost too thick. Long lasting protection I suppose?
- The weight is substantial (good for this kind of plane, mind you)

Lets talk about the blade for a moment. I am not a huge fan of this blade. Came out of factory with a very shallow angle, I did not use a protractor (sorry!), but when I set it for 30 degrees for what I was hoping a double angle, boy was I surprised when it was more shallow than 30. Appeared to be about 40 degrees! unacceptable!
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By rj on June 25, 2016
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I've been using it for several months and it works great. There is a slight hollow behind the throat, but it hasn't made any difference in usage. Sides and everything else were well machined and straight. The blade wasn't mirror smooth, but it was well enough ground to be fairly usable out of the box. It cleaned up fine. The chipbreaker fit well. There is about a turn and a half of backlash in the adjustment wheel, but adding a small shim to where the lever contacts the blade helps some.

Mine came in a box faded with age, with a 2005 copyright. It must have been sitting in a warehouse for over 10 years. It was really well covered in some sort of grease, so the plane looked like new. I imagine the age has something to do with it being as well machined as it was. I can only imagine what it'd be like with 10 additional years of corner cutting and cost reductions.

I was originally going to buy an old Stanley no 7, but I'm happy enough with this. I don't have any experience with LN or Veritas planes, so I can't speak to how it compares to something that costs 5-6 times as much. It feels like good value for the money.
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