You are bidding on fifteen (15) Millers Falls wood bench planes, plus twenty-wo (22) replacement irons, all as pictured.
The front four planes are: (clockwise from lower left)
--- boxed Millers Falls No 8, plane is very good to excellent, box very good
--- boxed Millers Falls No 22CBG military issue plane, plane is excellent other than some owner initials on the side, box has some writing and the label is quite torn
--- boxed Millers Falls No 22, plane excellent, box excellent with a slight water stain at the bottom of the label
--- boxed Millers Falls No 18, plane very good other than some spots of patina, box very good
The three planes without boxes are: (left to right)
--- Millers Falls No 7 (#2 size), plane excellent (shown in 3rd picture)
--- Millers Falls No 10C, plane very good to excellent
--- Millers Falls No 14C, plane excellent with some slight patina
The eight planes in the back row are: (left to right)
--- boxed Millers Falls No 9, plane and box excellent
--- boxed Millers Falls No 10, plane very good with some patina, box has no label
--- boxed Millers Falls No 11, plane and box excellent
--- boxed Millers Falls No 14, plane and box excellent
--- boxed Millers Falls No 15 (#5-1/2 size), plane excellent other than a bit of patina, box good with torn label
--- boxed Millers Falls No 15C (5-1/2 size corrugated), plane and box excellent
--- boxed Millers Falls No 18, (there are 2 #18's) plane very good, box fair
--- boxed Millers Falls No 18C, plane excellent, box fair with some tape repairs
The 22 replacement irons are all unused in the original Millers Falls boxes. Included are (left to right in the last two pictures)
--- an empty box of 1-3/4" irons for #8 or 8C or 11 planes. Box excellent.
--- a full box with six 1-3/4" irons in excellent condition. Box very good to excellent.
--- a box with two 1-3/4" irons with their original wrapping papers in excellent condition. Box good.
--- a box with four 1-5/8" irons (for #7 planes!) that appear to have never been unwrapped from their original wrapping papers. Box very good.
--- a box with two 2" irons with their original wrapping papers in excellent condition, box fair
--- a box with five 2" irons that appear to have never been unwrapped, box very good to excellent
--- a box with three 2" irons, two appear to have never been unwrapped, these have a much newer style logo on the irons, box very good
The winner gets everything. If you are serious, and want more pictures, please let me know.
This is one of many auctions that I have listed right now with Millers Falls and Goodell Pratt tools.
SHIPPING: the planes and their boxes add up to about 85 pounds before boxing for shipment, and the plane irons about another 6 pounds, so the total weight when boxed will be around 100 pounds. Some of the planes are obviously too long to travel in Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes. They will be shipped in at least 3 or 4 boxes with insurance and my usual care for the original boxes. Overseas shipping to Australia or Europe will be in the range of $500.00. I won't know until I box them, and the boxing will be different for overseas than in the US. Delivery in Washington / Oregon is also possible.
Buy It Now Best Offer: I'm not the least bit interested in lowball offers, and I'm much more negotiable if you want to buy more than just the bench planes.
The queue is overflowing with tools right now, as they seem to be finding me faster than I can list them. Please see my other current as well as upcoming auctions, as I am or will be listing many more collectible planes and tools. If you follow my auctions, I typically list in batches of similar tools. I tend to rotate back and forth between groups of metal planes and parts for them, and then groups of American and British molding planes, and then back to metallic planes again. But every so often I sneak in something else, such as chisels and gouges, bevels and squares and gauges, books about tools and reprint catalogs, and a variety of other tools. So I might not have any chisels for a month, and then have 30 or 40 chisels all listed at the same time. So please keep watching my auctions! Or if there is something specific that you are looking for, please let me know so that I can get it listed for you to consider.
You might ask: How can I know when you start new listings? The answer: please click the "sign up for newsletter" link that is just above and to the left of this description, and you will get an email every Friday with my new listings, as well as an email whenever I put any of my Buy It Now items on sale.
And if you, like me, are tired of the disappointments as a shopper -- misleading descriptions and poor photographs, "fine" tools that turned out to be repainted when you got them, non original parts that weren't mentioned, and poor packaging, -- then I encourage you to follow my auctions. I come from the handshake school of doing business, and hopefully you are like me and understand what that means.
ETHICS IN DESCRIPTIONS: I also buy for my collecting on eBay, and I have been burned too many times by misleading (duh did I forget to mention .......) descriptions, and auctions with pictures only of the left side because the right side was trashed. Life is much simpler for me if I disclose what I know or see about an item before you bid, and especially before you receive it in the mail. If I have added or replaced a part, I will tell you. If I think the wedge on a molding plane is not original, I will tell you. If I think a japanned plane has been repainted, I will tell you. What goes around, comes around.
RETURN POLICY: I believe that if you give honest descriptions, and include enough pictures, you shouldn't need a return policy. However, that doesn't mean that I won't make an occasional mistake. Please bid with the assurance that if I have made an error in my listing, I WILL take care of you.
INSURANCE WHEN SHIPPING INSIDE THE US: The eBay policy about insurance changed dramatically in 2009. You may have noticed that insurance is no longer an option for the buyer as it used to be. Instead the burden is now on the shipper (me) to guarantee that it gets to you, and if I buy insurance, it is for my protection. Within the US, I have a great track record of getting your purchase to you intact, and I only buy (and charge) for insurance as items approach $100 in value. That is actually a great deal for you as the buyer!
INSURANCE WHEN SHIPPING OUTSIDE THE US: The same policy applies to shipments outside the US as described above. For a long time, for small packages 4 pounds and under, I have offered the option of Priority Mail which has insurance, or First Class Mail which has no provision for tracking or insurance, with the understanding that if you picked First Class, the risk was yours. And it finally happened: a customer in Italy wanted First Class despite acknowledging my warnings, didn't get his package, filed the complaint with eBay, and I am out the $45 refund to him for what he paid for the item including shipping. I'm not complaining, because that is exactly what eBay said it would do, and it is a great deal for you the buyer, but I have to change my policy about using First Class mail and Priority Flat Rate envelopes (neither have any provision for tracking or insurance) for international shipments. From now on, everything goes Priority Mail with insurance and tracking. I will make an exception to Canada for inexpensive items, but otherwise everything now goes Priority.
WASHINGTON STATE BIDDERS: I hate to do this, but if I ship to a Washington address, no matter where you actually live, I either have to charge Washington State sales tax, or receive a valid resale form.
WINNING MULTIPLE AUCTIONS: I will always combine multiple purchases to save on shipping, and use the Flat Rate boxes whenever they make sense. But after the auctions are over, you have to WAIT for me to put together your invoice, as the eBay computer cannot do that automatically.
USPS POSTAGE RATE INCREASE AS OF APRIL 17, 2011: The US Post Office has had two increases this year. Back in January they raised many rates, mostly Priority Mail. And as of April 17, they raised rates for First Class, First Class International, Media Mail, and Parcel Post.
USPS PRIORITY MAIL FLAT RATE BOXES FOR HEAVY OR MULTIPLE ITEMS: The US Post Office has two sizes of their medium Priority Mail Flat Rate box (one size is 11-7/8" x 13-5/8" x 3-3/8" and the other is 11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2"), plus one size of their large Priority Mail flat Rate box (12" x 12" x 5-1/2"). For each size the postage stays the same regardless of weight, with a 70 pound limit within the US and a 20 pound limit for international shipments. For shipments within the US, they also have a small Priority Mail Flat Rate box, which is the same cost as a Flat Rate envelope but holds less.
INTERNATIONAL PRIORITY MAIL as of January 2, 2011: International Priority Mail packages include tracking and a bit of automatically included insurance, which is based on weight. That automatically included insurance is in the range of $60 to $80 worth of coverage, more as the weight goes up.
Canada: NEW RATES FOR 2011: 1 pound is $23.25, 2 pounds is $25.10, 3 pounds is $26.95, 4 pounds is $28.80, 5 pounds is $30.65, and it goes up from there. As an example, 10 pounds is $39.90. A medium Flat Rate box (20 pounds maximum) is $29.95, and a large Flat Rate box (also 20 pounds maximum) is $37.50.
Australia: NEW RATES FOR 2011: 1 pound is $30.75, 2 pounds is $35.60, 3 pounds is $40.45, 4 pounds is $45.30, 5 pounds is $50.15, and it goes up from there. As an example, 10 pounds is $76.40. A medium Flat Rate box (20 pounds maximum) is $47.50, and a large Flat Rate box (also 20 pounds maximum) is $60.50.
UK & western Europe: NEW RATES FOR 2011: 1 pound is $31.50, 2 pounds is $34.55, 3 pounds is $37.60, 4 pounds is $40.65, 5 pounds is $43.70, and it goes up from there. As an example, 10 pounds is $58.45. A medium Flat Rate box (20 pounds maximum) is $47.50, and a large Flat Rate box (also 20 pounds maximum) is $60.50.
INTERNATIONAL FIRST CLASS MAIL: See the discussion above under International Insurance. Only available for small inexpensive packages up to 4 pounds, not available over 4 pounds.
Canada: 1 pound $7.58, 2 pounds $11.66, 3 pounds $15.74, 4 pounds $19.82
PACKAGING: Please check my feedback -- I package well. I figure if you take the time to purchase from me, then I can take the time to package it well, and not just throw it into a cereal box with a scrap of newspaper.
I hope someday I will meet some of you as we trudge the happy road of tool collecting!
If you have questions about anything I have listed, especially about how to pay for your new treasure, please ask. Good luck!