Block & Specialty Models 296 through 9775

Much of the information provided below is derived from a study of Millers Falls catalogs. Please realize that the collection used as a resource is not comprehensive and that M-F catalog copy could be astonishingly inaccurate. Understand that the Stanley equivalents listed are what might be termed "close matches" and that some details of the planes are not necessarily identical.

No. 296

Floor Scraper Floor Scraper

Ball joint permits setting blade at a wide range of angles by loosening and tightening the handle. Hardwood handles on early models have mahogany finish, later models have natural finish. Tip of handle painted green on most later examples. Small handle for top of blade often missing. Stanley equivalent not equipped with a ball joint.

Marketed by the company as a Goodell-Pratt product from 1931-1936, the scraper was re-designed and branded a Millers Falls tool in 1936.

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 296 No. 283 9 7/8 inches 3 inches acquired 1931 1966

No. 700

Non-Adjustable Block Plane Non-Adjustable Block Plane

An economy-grade plane first introduced under the Mohawk-Shelburne label. Equipped with screw-operated cap clamp. Black-enameled body and knob. Mohawk-Shelburne model features cap with top half painted red, and cutters manufactured of 'good' rather than 'tool' steel. Marketed as a Millers Falls product beginning ca. 1949 when cutter was upgraded to tool steel and cap painted completely black.

by 1957—knob is attached to body by an externally visible screw.

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 700 No. 1247 7 inches 1 5/8 inches 1931 1964

No. 707

Non-Adjustable Block Plane Non-Adjustable Block Plane

An economy-grade block plane equipped with a with screw-operated cap clamp. Gray-enameled body, cap painted red. Knob is painted black. The No. 707 was a still cheaper version of the No. 700. The sides of the plane were neither milled nor sanded. Shipped with the V-Line (Value Line) label on lower part of cap from 1956 to ca. 1960.

Illustration from 1960 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 707 No. H1247 7 inches 1 5/8 inches 1956 1974

Nos. 1455, 1455B

Adjustable Low Angle Block Plane Adjustable Low Angle Block Plane

Equipped with a non-adjustable throat, cam-lock cap, screw-type depth adjustment and hardwood knob. Iron is bedded at twelve degrees. Early models featured a red cap and gray body. Shipped with an applied V-Line (Value Line) decal from 1956 to ca. 1960. By latter 1960s, is black-enameled, and most, if not all of these, are numbered 1455B. Basically a re-introduction of the No. 66, company catalogs never got this one right—the plane is six inches long, not seven.

Illustration from 1960 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 1455 No. 61 6 inches 1 3/8 inches 1956 1974

No. 8455

Adjustable Low Angle Block Plane Adjustable Low Angle Block Plane

Equipped with a non-adjustable throat, cam-lock cap, screw-type depth adjustment and hardwood knob is painted black. Iron is bedded at twelve degrees. By 1976, the knob on the depth adjustment is made of plastic.

Illustration from 1976 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 8455 No. 61 6 inches 1 3/8 inches 1974 1977

No. 8707

Non-Adjustable Block Plane Non-Adjustable Block Plane

An economy-grade plane with a screw-operated cap clamp. A re-numbered 707, the company continued to use the illustration of the earlier plane in its catalog.

Illustration from 1976 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 8707 No. H1247 7 inches 1 5/8 inches 1974 after 1984

No. 9033

Non-Adjustable Block Plane Non-Adjustable Block Plane

A small plane with a screw-operated cap clamp favored by model and instrument makers. Iron is bedded at 45 degrees. Featured a sheet metal body until 1979. Composition of later models unknown, but definitely not sheet metal.

The plane was sold carded, rather than in a box. Replaced the No. 33. Obviously patterned on the Stanley Handyman No. 101, a plane introduced a decade earlier.

Illustration from 1976 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 9033 No. H101 3 1/2 inches 1 inch 1974 after 1984

No. 9775

Adjustable Block Plane Adjustable Block Plane

Features a non-adjustable throat, polished cam-lock cap, screw-type depth adjustment and hardwood knob. One of three teflon-coated planes offered by the company at this time, it is essentially a No. 75 with a teflon-covered body and a polished cap.

Illustration from 1969 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 9755 none 7 inches 1 5/8 inches 1969 1971