Stanley Plough Plane - No. 50S

stanley 50-S plough plane
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Stanley 50 S Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Stanley

Plane Type: Plough

Model No: 50S


The Stanley 50S plough plane is a comfortable sized plane for creating a wide range of grooves and rebates.

The Stanley plough plane 50-S is also spelt, Stanley plow plane 50-S. I believe the spelling 'plough' is the English spelling, and the spelling 'plow' is the US spelling.

The Stanley 50S is exactly the same as the Stanley 50 except it only has 8 cutters opposed to the 17 cutters of the Stanley 50.

The cutters sold with the 50S were purely for plough, rebate and dado work.

stanley 50-S plow plane cutters

The Stanley 50-S plough / plow plane was supplied with the following cutters as standard:

Plough: 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2", 5/8", 7/8"

These 8 cutters were presented in the same wooden sleeve as what the Stanley 50 cutters were presented in; a sleeve designed to house 17 cutters. This can lend the appearance, when buying / selling a second-hand Stanley 50-S that the plane is missing cutters to anyone unfamiliar with the plane.

The idea behind this was to encourage users to buy the additional cutters and fill the sleeve up at later dates as and when the additional cutters were needed.

As such it is fairly common to find an orange Stanley box with a Stanley 50S label on it, yet the wooden sleeve inside has the full set of cutters (or more than the 9 standard 50S cutters).

If the plane has all of the cutters, the plane is effectively classed as Stanley 50 combination plane.

For the core details of the Stanley 50S, please see the Stanley 50 plane review.

Plane Construction

stanley 50-S plow plane

Body :
cast iron

best steel

Handle and knob :

Plane finish:
nickel plate

Manufactured Dates

<1958 - 1960>


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