Record Router - No. 071

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Record 071 Router Plane Review By: I.Ball

Category: Old Routers

Manufacturer: Record

Plane Type: Router

Model No: 071

The Record Router number 071 also referred to as the Record 071 Router Plane is a two-handled hand tool used for cutting, cleaning and smoothing grooves / depressed surfaces parallel with the surface of the work.

The Record 071 is referred to as an open throat router due to the raised hollow arch at the front of the router.

The router can be used with a closed throat by leaving the depth stop and shoe in position, with the face of the shoe flush with the base of the router. The router can be used as an open mouth by removing the depth stop and shoe.

record router 071

The 071 Router was supplied with three cutters as standard: 1/4", 1/2" and a splayed smoothing cutter.

The blades on the router can be set facing to the front for regular work or they can be set towards the rear for bull-nose work. The blades can be set to rear facing by removing the collar clamp and turning around. The cutters can also be adjusted upwards and downwards to the required depth.

The Record 071 is virtually the same as the Stanley 71 Router. The main obvious distinguishing differences being the Record 071 is finished in a dark blue colour and the markings are different.

In recent times Veritas Tools have introduced a router plane which is similar to the Record 071 Router Plane and Stanley 71 Router Plane, see the Veritas Router Plane Review.


What Is The Router Fence Used For On A Record No. 071

A Record no. 071 router fence is designed to guide the router cutter along the piece of wood at a set distance; keeping the cutter at an equal distance from the fence provides a constant straight cut or groove.


Router Construction

record router 071

high grade cast iron

Beech and selected hardwoods


7 1/2 inches

1.02kg (2 1/4 lb)


Router Parts

The Record 071 router parts list:

  • body
  • 3x cutters: 1/4", 1/2" and 'V' (splayed smoothing cutter)
  • 2x knobs
  • 2x knob bolts
  • 2x knob nuts
  • 1x depth gauge, thumbscrew and shoe
  • 1x cutter collar clamp and thumbscrew
  • 1x fence, fence screw and washer
  • 1x cutter adjusting screw
  • 1x cutter adjusting nut

To see a picture of the parts go to the 'itemised router parts diagram'


Router Markings

"Record" - found on the top of the router arch

"No 071" - found on the top of the router

"Made In England" - found on the top of the router


Manufactured Dates

1932 - 1980


Router Also Known As

Record Closed Mouth Router 071
Record Closed Throat Router 071
Old Record Router 071
Old Record Grooving Tool
Record Hand Router 071
Record Router Number 071
Second-hand Record Router 071


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