Stanley Router - No. 271

stanley router 271
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Stanley 271 Review By: I.Ball

Category: Old Routers

Manufacturer: Stanley

Plane Type: Router

Model No: 271


The Stanley router number 271 sometimes referred to as the Stanley Small Router, is a small 3 inch router weighing in at 3/8 lbs with a 6mm (1/4 inch) cutter.

The cutter can be positioned to operate as an open mouth router or a closed mouth router including being able to carry out bullnose work.

The open mouth is the section where there is open space between the cutter and the router edge. The closed mouth is on the oposite side where there is a metal border in front of the cutting area.

There are two seperate holes to place the cutter stem through; the two holes are towards the center of the router.

small stanley router 271

The small size of the Stanley 271 router makes it very useful for narrow work; the piece of timber being worked should be wider than the width of the open throat part of the router.

The cutter is held in position using a locking nut which locates on to and secures on to the stem of the cutter. The cutter is quickly adjusted by unscrewing the nut slightly, allowing the cutter to be moved easily up and down or rotated.

The Stanley 271 router is without a fine cutter adjustment screw unlike the larger Stanley 71 and 71 1/2 routers.

The 271 is also without knobs/handles like the ones seen on the 71 and 71 1/2 routers. The router can be gripped instead using the central panels.

There are a couple of very similar routers to the 271 made by other makers such as Edward Preston (Edward Preston 22 Small Router) and Record (Record 722 Small Router).

In recent times Veritas Tools have introduced a small router which is similar to the Record 722 Router and Stanley 271 Router, see the Veritas Small Router Review.

How To Sharpen A Router Cutter For A Stanley No. 271

Sharpen the router cutter on the bevelled side of the cutter using a slip stone / sharpening stone. Once sharp, remove any burrs / wirey pieces of metal with a flat swipe or two of the slip stone underneath the cutter.

The router cutter shouldn't be sharpened from underneath; the underneath should be flat with no bevel.

Router Construction

stanley router 271

Cast Iron

Nickel Plated

3 inches

3/8 lb

6mm (1/4 inch)

Router Markings

"Stanley" - found on the top of the router

"No 271" - found on the top of the router

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

Manufactured Dates

<1929 - 1994>

Router Also Known As

Small Router No. 271
Small Router Number 271
Small Router by Stanley
Stanley Small Router
Little Stanley Router

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