I don’t hear a lot about Stanley products to often. Looking around at some of my hand tools, I noticed that the name Stanley was on a lot of them. My most recent purchase was a hand plane. I don’t know why I picked it out. Maybe it was the better looking one and it was the size I needed. Maybe it was the price. Maybe it was because it was the name Stanley and my experience with that brand had been very good. I couldn’t really tell you what was going through my head at that particular time, the only thing I new is that I needed a hand plane so I bought one.
After opening the package, I put it to the test right away. I was very impressed with how sharp it was and how it was able to cut the wood with little applied pressure. To be honest, I don’t have experience with other planes. I don’t know if using a plane that cost a lot more would do any better. In my opinion, the Stanley plane does the same exact thing as a more expensive plane does but the difference is after leaving the store, I have more green in my pocket.
Stanley products seem to last a long time. I’ve had the same tape measure now for a couple years. You may be thinking, what’s the big deal, it’s only a tape! To your surprise, I do a lot of framing. My tape is used 8 hrs a day. I have had many different types of tape measures. Before I used Stanley, I was burning through 2 or 3 a year. It may not seem like a big deal, but tapes cost money. So if you think about it, the Stanley tape has saved me money and it wasn’t that expensive.
If you’re starting out in wood working and have a budget, keep this in mind. You don’t have to get the most expensive tool on the market right away. If you think that way, it will take you a long time to acquire the basic tools you need start your path in wood working. Also, if you love wood working and thought about trying to make money at something you love doing, I recommend going here.