Woodpecker’s version is superior to any sold on Amazon plane.
The guide you are referring to on your new plane is the spring angle (45 degrees). By holding the spring angle against the edge, and parallel to the edge as you progress with each stroke... until the opposing spring angle of the plane contacts the wood and it stops planning.I have no doubt that the Woodpecker plane is a beauty and performs well. I have a couple of their proucts. However, I don't use it nearly often enough to justify spending that much money. This is only about a quarter the price and you'll probably want to tune up the cutters by sharpening and polishing them. I see that the Woodpecker has the base that's in contact with the wood milled, this one doesn't. But the mechanism for raising and lowering the cutter is identical and includes a locking screw to stop blade slippage or wobble.
I'll try to take some pictures, but I'm not quite at the point of using it on my current, slow motion project.
Sorry for the delay, had a demanding project to do.DesertRatTom, I am still interested... Can you please answer my questions?
No, I haven't, other than the roundover and chamfer. The irons are a max of half an inch wide, and they don't reach down that far to use them as a molding plane. Theoretically you could cut off the 45s to make it flat, but there are much better choices for that purpose.I was more interested in the molding irons... and how they work. Have you tried them ? To use the molding irons, you must hold the plane at a 45 degree spring angle and progress downward until it quits cutting.