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Stanley No. 74 Floor Plane

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Manufactured: 1886 to 1923
Length: 10-1/2 inches
Blade Width: 2-5/8 inches
Construction: Cast iron, hardwood handle
Finish: Japanned
Features: Extra heavy. Planes floor boards from a standing position.
Uses: For smoothing the uneven edges of floor boards
Average Dealer Price (with handle): $500 to $1000
Average eBay Price (with handle): $600 to $950
Type 1: $750 to $1500

Other Notes: Often these are missing the 45 inch long handle and a handle in good condition is worth $300 to $400 each (a plane without its handle will only fetch between $220 to $350). These planes are quite heavy - about 21-1/2 pounds for the later types with the earlier types at about half that weight.

Updated: 28th July, 2006

Stanley No. 74 Floor Planes on eBay right now...

Stanley No 74 Monster Custom Smooth Plane Inv G 1642
Stanley No 74 Monster Custom Smooth Plane Inv G 1642 $600.00
Time Remaining: 19d 10h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $600.00

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.