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Stanley No. 55 Universal Combination Plane


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Manufactured: 1897 to 1962
Length: 11-1/2 inches
Blade Width: 55 blades provided in various sizes
Construction: Cast iron, beech or rosewood handles & fences
Finish: Nickel plated
Features: Adjustable fences and depth stops, slitter, spurs and 55 interchangeable blades
Uses: Plow, dado, rabbet, filletster, beading, match, sash, slitting and adjustable molding plane
Average Dealer Price (complete): $350 to $800
Average eBay Price: $300 to $750
Type 1: $400 to $800
With original box: $600 to $1800
Plane body only (no blades): $50 to $200
Standard four box blade set: $150 to $275
Special four box blade set: $1000 to $2000
Standard blades (each): $5 to $10
Special blades (each): $10 to $40

Other Notes: Sweetheart versions (1920-1935) often reach higher prices, but not always


Updated: 30th March, 2006

Stanley No. 55 Universal Combination Planes on eBay right now...

Stanley Combination Plane Blade 45 55 1 8 Beading Cutter 1 8 12 391 NEW
Stanley Combination Plane Blade 45  55  1 8 Beading Cutter 1 8 12 391 NEW $39.99
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Cutter Iron Stanley No 55 it is No 86 a 1 Reverse Ogee J948
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Cutter Iron Stanley No 55 it is No 82 a 1 2 Reverse Ogee J950
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Cutter Iron Stanley No 55 it is No 106 a 1 Grecian Ogee J952
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Cutter Iron Stanley No 55 it is No 102 a 1 2 Grecian Ogee J951
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Reeding Cutter Set Stanley No 55 or No 45 it is No 212 222 232 J955
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Cutter Iron Stanley No 55 it is No 93 a 5 8 Roman Ogee J949
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Cutter Iron Stanley No 55 it is No 93 a 5 8 Roman Ogee J949A
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Pair 2 Tapered Thumbscrews Stanley No 45 or No 55 Fence J957
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Cutter Stanley No 55 or No 45 it is No 222 Reeding a Double 3 16 Bead J956
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Sources: While many of the dealers prices for Stanley planes are largely set by John Walters’ book “Antique & Collectible Stanley Tools” it appears that eBay, while acknowledging the Walters guide somewhat, tends to march to it’s own beat and sets its own prices. For that reason - and the fact that eBay’s reach and customer base is huge - I’ve decided to include a separate eBay average price here. Other sources include: “The Antique Tool Collector’s Guide To Value” by Ronald S. Barlow, “Antique & Collectible Stanley Tools” by John Walter, “The Stanley Plane” by Alvin Sellens, “Patrick’s Blood & Gore” by Patrick Leach, various auctions and sales of collectable tools and my own compilations of prices realized, observations and notes over the past 20+ years.