I posted back in Sept or so that LV's customer service confirmed via
email that the new router plane cutters were useable in the Stanley 71.
I promised a follow up when/if I got a set, so here goes.
Disclaimer #1: I'm not affiliated with LV in any way, other than as a
Disclaimer #2: I'm *far*
from an expert on using a Stanley 71.
I've got the full set of three Veritas cutters, and an old 71. The 71
came off of ebay, so I don't know how old -- maple(?) knobs, and an '07
Patent date, if that helps.
Fit and finish of the three cutters was excellent, as would be expected.
For the two half-inch cutters (VEE and straight) - no problems at all.
The cutters fit as one would expect; adjustment was straightforward. On
mine, there's a slight cyclical bind from the adjustment nut (I assume
it has a slight thickness irregularity). Not enough to be any issue at
all, though. The blades are sharp, right out of the packaging.
The 1/4inch cutter has been slightly problematic. It seems that the slot
that the adjustment nut engages, is slightly more narrow than the other
two cutters. I measured it at about .152 vs about .156 from the original
Stanley cutter that I've got. This causes the adjustment to be a little
bit 'fiddly' -- there's more binding than the slight hitch I get with
the two half-inch cutters; this also seems to prevent the cutter from
sitting back onto the adjusting nut fully.
I've filed the slot slightly, and that's been a definite improvement.
I'm not sure though -- I may be removing more material from the file
than from the cutter slot (I'm using a cheapie HF needle file). I think
a few more minutes though, will take care of it. Really - it's not bad,
just more noticeable than the other two cutters.
Bottom line - I'm satisfied. The price is certainly right (~$22 for the
set of three) - and even if it means a few minutes work on my part to
fully coerce the one cutter to seat properly - it's not a big deal. If
you are looking to replace cutters on a 71, I don't think you can go
Oh, yeah .. I was able to cut some pretty nice routs in some scrap wood
Hope you find this useful.
Speaking only for myself....
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