(05-22-2019, 09:42 AM)Hank Knight Wrote: FWIW, I took a week-long workshop from Garrett Hack several years ago. He used four planes the whole week: a #7 jointer, a LN low angle jack, a Bedrock 604 1/2 and a 60 1/2 block plane. He used the LAJack a lot, like one would use an ordinary #5 - not just for end grain cuts. He said several times that it was his favorite plane.

I have possibly been using an LA Jack longer than most here. I have two, one being the Veritas, and the other a vintage Stanley #62 (upon which the LN is closely based). Both get some use, although not as much these days as in past years. I have also used the LN version quite a lot, having demonstrated for LN at woodshows.

I would say that the Veritas and the LN LA jacks have different personalities. The Veritas has all the bells-and-whistles, and is the one to get if a prime reason is to use on a shooting board. Further, the availability of PM-V11 blades are a real improvement over the A2 of LN. (Having noted this,

David Eckert in Oz is offering blades in a steel he claims is the same - note that I have not used one).

What I like about the Veritas is the heft on a shooting board, a favourite plane for traversing ...

The narrower Stanley/LN #62 is the easier plane to balance when jointing narrow edges.

The use of the LA Jack declines as one moves into specialist planes: dedicated jack for rough work, dedicated shooting plane, jointer used for traversing ...

Regards from Perth

Derek