This is one of my most prized tools. It is a #119 Sandusky Tool Co. plow plane. It has a beach body and was the forth model made by the tool company. Sandusky made 28 different models by 1926, they where usually made of one or two of the following materials: Ivory, Ebony, Beach, Rosewood, or Apple wood.
This model is a no holds bar workhorse. It has been kept well over the past 100 years and has no major flaws. That is why I purchased this plane in the first place. Now I will say it wasn't cheap, but it was less than the new metal body plow planes made today by Veritas (small plow with 5 irons sells for $275) and a lot less than the new wooden planes made today by specialty makers. And after using the Veritas, Stanley, and Record models, I know this plane works better than they do. I believe they work better for several reasons: the body of the plane is larger, it glides well over the wood, the blade is set more firmly in the skate, and it ejects the shavings onto the bench with ease. Plus, it is just as easy to adjust the plane iron, depth adjust and fence, as any of the more modern metal body planes.
Don't let any body trick you into thinking that the old screw style arms are hard to adjust/align either. I can adjust mine very quickly and change the blades out just as fast. Plus, I have more blades for this plane than are available for the smaller metal body planes. And if what I am saying wasn't true you better believe I would sell this plane and buy a new Veritas model in a second, but I believe these old wooden planes are way better. And yes, they are faster than a router or a stacked dado head in a table saw. By the time you set one of those up I would already be over half way through my cut, without noise or dust.
Now, I know most are thinking that I had to spend hours cleaning this plane up to get it to work correctly. Actually, I haven't done anything to the plane, I have only sharpened the irons and put it to work. With that said, I will also tell you that their are tons of these old plows on the market and most of them are garbage. If you want one for yourself I have a few tips.
One, do your research on the planes before you buy it, not only the company but if possible the history of the actual plane you are looking at. You really want to find tools that were owned by a craftsman, then you know they work well and were taken care of. Just make sure it wasn't loved to death.
Two, make sure everything operates on the plane, you really don't want to buy something hoping you can bring it back to life. You may end up wasting your time and your money.
Third, wait for the one that speaks to you, don't just rush out and buy the first one that looks good. I have been very patient with my vintage tool purchases. It has taken me several years to acquire the tools that I have, but once I got them I new I was never letting go.
I hope that others out there enjoy these wonderful tools. They are a joy to use, specially when they make working with wood even easier.
If you have any questions for me about this plane or anything else please don't hesitate to ask.
Like always, thanks for stopping by, now get in your shop and do some work.
PS. When this plane sold in 1926 you could buy the plane with eight irons for only $13.00 , those were the days .