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Stanley No. 278 Rabbet & Filletster Plane


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Manufactured: 1915 to 1943
Length: 6-3/4 inches
Blade Width: 1 inch
Construction: Cast iron
Finish: Japanned
Features: Adjustable fence and depth stop, spurs and removable nose piece for bull nose work
Uses: Rabbet & filletster plane. Also can be used as a bull nose plane
Average Dealer Price: $150 to $350
Average eBay Price: $160 to $320
Type 1: $200 to $400

Other Notes: Are often found without the proper fence, which has the hole for the adjusting rod in the center of it. Other fences are usually offset.


Updated: 25th July, 2006

Stanley No. 278 Rabbet & Filletster Planes on eBay right now...

STANLEY 1 93 278 Mobile Montagebox Werkzeugkiste 190Liter Box 962x591x578
STANLEY 1 93 278 Mobile Montagebox Werkzeugkiste 190Liter Box 962x591x578 EUR 137,84
Verbleibende Zeit: 10d 11h 36m
Sofort-Kaufen für nur: EUR 137,84
Yamaha Rcklicht STANLEY RD125 RD200 DX AS3 RD250 RD350 Tail Lamp Original
Yamaha Rcklicht STANLEY RD125 RD200 DX AS3 RD250 RD350 Tail Lamp Original EUR 89,00
Verbleibende Zeit: 12d 8h 49m
Sofort-Kaufen für nur: EUR 89,00
Yamaha Rcklicht STANLEY RD125 RD200 DX AS3 RD250 RD350 Tail Lamp Original NOS
Yamaha Rcklicht STANLEY RD125 RD200 DX AS3 RD250 RD350 Tail Lamp Original NOS EUR 119,00
Verbleibende Zeit: 12d 8h 53m
Sofort-Kaufen für nur: EUR 119,00
Stanley 1 93 278 Kasten Mit Metall Verschluss 50 Gallonne
Stanley 1 93 278 Kasten Mit Metall Verschluss 50 Gallonne EUR 305,80
Verbleibende Zeit: 12d 9h 27m
Sofort-Kaufen für nur: EUR 305,80
Stanley 1 93 278 Mobile Montagebox 962 x 591 x 578 cm 190 l Rechnung D25839
Stanley 1 93 278 Mobile Montagebox 962 x 591 x 578 cm 190 l Rechnung D25839 EUR 67,96
Verbleibende Zeit: 14d 6h 29m
Sofort-Kaufen für nur: EUR 67,96
Stanley Mobile Montagebox Stauraum 190 Liter
Stanley Mobile Montagebox Stauraum 190 Liter EUR 152,46
Verbleibende Zeit: 16d 7h 19m
Sofort-Kaufen für nur: EUR 152,46
Stanley Mobile Montagebox 190 Liter
Stanley Mobile Montagebox 190 Liter EUR 200,15
Verbleibende Zeit: 17d 9h
Sofort-Kaufen für nur: EUR 200,15
STANLEY Mobile Montagebox Vollgummirder 96 x 59 x 57 cm Volumen 190 Liter
STANLEY Mobile Montagebox Vollgummirder 96 x 59 x 57 cm Volumen 190 Liter EUR 197,76
Verbleibende Zeit: 19d 10h 51m
Sofort-Kaufen für nur: EUR 197,76
STANLEY Mobile Montagebox Vollgummirder 96 x 59 x 57 cm Volumen 190 Liter
STANLEY Mobile Montagebox Vollgummirder 96 x 59 x 57 cm Volumen 190 Liter EUR 197,76
Verbleibende Zeit: 19d 10h 52m
Sofort-Kaufen für nur: EUR 197,76
STANLEY Mobile Montagebox Werkzeugbox 190 Liter962x591x578cm
STANLEY Mobile Montagebox Werkzeugbox 190 Liter962x591x578cm EUR 111,69
Verbleibende Zeit: 22d 5h 9m
Sofort-Kaufen für nur: EUR 111,69


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.

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