Hand plane comparison between veritas and LieNielsen

All,
I am about to embark upon a new stage in my woodworking. The investment in hand planes.
I am curious as to what is the difference between the veritas and Lie Nielsen products. I have heard good things from guys who use both, but i have not seen any comparison of the two.
Any imput would be great.
Thanks in advance,
Grampa Simpson
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grampa simpson wrote:

Mostly money and aesthetics. As far as functionality goes, the ones I have tried (low-angle smoother and scraper plane) are pretty close to equal, and the Veritas actually has some advantanges in use. (Lateral set-screws, larger/taller tote, Norris-style blade adjustment and simpler blade-clamping mechanism on low-angle plane, thick or thin iron plus screw to adjust bow on scraper plane) The L-N planes are a bit prettier, IMHO, but not enough to make up the difference in price. If I was starting out today, I'd buy the Veritas planes.

I know I've written comparisons here on both, and others have as well. Do a Google groups advanced search on the wreck using "Veritas L-N low-angle plane" to get to low-angle comparisons. Also, I imagine you could plug in "LV L-N scraper plane" to get to the others. Play around a bit ... it's fun and informative.
Chuck Vance
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