"Looked at the 'budget' block planes, but, bought the Stanley based on my experience of my 30 yo smoothing plane - blades are made of quality steel and remain very keen in use. The blade adjustment is fiddly, compared with conventional adjustment methods, but, once you've got used to it, it is secure and accurate."
"Purchased to compliment my Stanley #4 bench plane, this great value block plane was sharp and smooth right out of the box.
I adjusted the blade to smooth off some end-of-grain half lap joints on some pine furniture I'm building and was amazed at how quickly and easily I was able to accurately set it up for this task - and I'm a novice plane user!
Two or three quick passes over the end grain and the excess material on my half lap joints was gone and the resulting surface was clean and smooth, free of rough edges and splinters.