Type 6 Planes (1883)

The major change in this type is the introduction of the rear slitting cutter and depth gage. The patent for the slitter and depth gauge was issued October 24th, 1882 (#266,519) to Frank A. Rappleye and assigned to the Stanley Rule and Level Co. Another major change to the line was to the gunmetal models, the content of the bronze was changed to 80% copper and 20% tin. This change gives the planes a brighter brassier appearance. Also new are screwdriver slots in the fence screws.

 #42 Type 6

This right side view of a type 6 shows clearly the mechanism of where the slitter is attached. Some examples of the type 6 exhibit signs of being type 5 bodies modified to accept the slitter and rear depth stop (as is the case with this example). The slot is milled directly through the filigree with no straight ribs/guides cast into the body to support it and provide a smooth slot. These modified body models tend to have pressed steel depth stops. Later models show a change in the casting to facilitate the slitter and depth stop. The rear depth stop is of brass construction matching the front depth stop. The fence on a type 6 is of the wrap around design.


 42 Type 6 Left View

Here is a good view of the type 6 plane from the top. You can see that the fence screws now have screwdriver slots for loosening and tightening and are of solid one piece construction.


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