Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Bullnose Planes
Manufacturer: Edward Preston
Plane Type: Bullnose
Model No: 75
A basic little plane that is useful for small rebate and trimming work. The history of this plane makes using this plane a little bit special. The plane can get in close to corners but it is worth noting this plane hasn't got a chisel plane function for getting right into corners.
This little Edward Preston bullnose plane has a top piece (coloured green)
which can slide forward and backwards allowing the user to set the
mouth size to the required setting. The top piece is secured by a screw with
a washer underneath the screw.
The plane is fitted with a bevel edge, 25mm (1 inch) wide, Preston plane blade. The blade spans the full width of the plane and is positioned in the plane with the bevel edge side facing upwards.
The plane cutter is secured by a lever
cap which is tightened and released with the use of a thumb screw.
The plane was made as a low budget plane, no doubt to compete with the
dominant Stanley plane range of the time.
This plane model was of the style of the Stanley 75 bullnose plane and was later to become the Record 075 bullnose plane after Record took over the Edward Preston plane range.
It was a late addition to the Edward Preston range with only a short production run making the plane fairly rare.
The Preston 75 bull-nose plane had a green coloured coating with the 'EP' two cherries Edward Preston logo inscribed at the rear end on the top edge.
Body: cast iron
Lever cap: cast iron
Plane finish: green japanning
Edward Preston 75 Plane Blade / Cutter
Material: best steel
Width (bottom): 25mm (1 inch)
Top Of Blade Shape: rounded corners
Blade Markings: 'E Preston & Sons, EP, Birm, Eng'
Edward Preston 75 Plane Markings
"EP" - found on the top of the plane towards the rear within the two cherries symbol.
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Due to the age of these planes, it is quite common to find these planes with missing parts, replaced parts, cracks, chips, and breaks. It is always well worth the effort checking that all parts move freely. Chips and nibbles around the mouth seem to be quite common with these planes.
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