Instruction Leaflet:

This 2 sided leaflet is sized 8.7/8" x  11" and therefore the scans below can be copied and reproduced for your benefit.


2 sizes of rods were supplied to handle the different width tasks asked of the plane. 

The rods were supplied in a manila envelope, as shown.  I have yet to find out the purpose of the circularindentation at one end of each rod. Short Rod 3.1/4"long, Long Rod 7.1/4"long and both of 3/8"diameter.


This could be called the Type 3  of M44 plane and was produced by C&J Hampton from late 1962 , [after the takeover of MARPLES by RECORD]  until late 1969 and then was de-listed.

I have no examples or photos of this plane, but I do not expect that it would have materially differed from Type 2 in any way.   The only exception that I can imagine would have occurred would have been in the box design, probably following the Blue and Yellow labels of that time that was typical then of RECORD [see MA43 ]

Here are some prices gleaned from catalogues, these can help identify the age of a plane, if it is boxed and if it was price marked!

9/35 - 3/40         17/6d.

11/51                  38/6d.

9/55                    44/-

4/61 - 9/61         55/-

4/62 - 9/62         60/-

3/64 - 4/65         65/-

Around 1963 the plane was renamed MA44, as it was now produced by C&J Hampton [RECORD], since their takeover of the MARPLES firm in late 1962.   The MA44  [Type 3 here] was produced until at least late 1969.

Type 2:

Of the examples that I have, I am unable to find any notable differences in castings or marks etc. Therefore, unless proved otherwise, Type 2 represents the issues from c 1954- 1965


8.1/4"long and Nickel plated throughout and polished on the top of the handle and top of the main frame. On the top of the handle is placed a circular MARPLES water transfer [MARPLES only, not W. MARPLES & Sons]

Type 1:

This type may be structurally indistinguishable from later types, but has a 'Cadmium' plated [Rustless plated] finish, and was available as such between September 1935 and c.1954.  Everything seems to be the same as was later issued, the only other difference may be in the markings on the blades, of which I presently have no further information.  I also note that the rods do not have the circular indentation at one end.  Note that they also had the early circular MARPLES transfer on the rear handle.

                M44 Iron Plough Plane Study‚Äč

The M44 Plough Plane is first shown in the 'New Line'  'M' plane introduction of the September1935 mini catalogue. Here it is just listed [with no image] as 'Plough Plane, 8.1/2ins. long, with 8 cutters 1/8 in. to 9/16 in.   ... 17/6 each'

The surface finish is not stated, but this information is first to be found in the September 1936 mini catalogue wherein it is listed as 'Rustless Plated'. 

The first listing that I can find stating that this plane was 'Nickel Plated' is in the 1954 Export catalogue., and thereafter this remained the plating used until the plane was discontinued by RECORD around late 1970.

From the 1st November 1951 price list of planes it would appear that this M44 was produced throughout the war and would then have been 'Rustless Plated' to conserve Nickel for the war effort. Like those similar planes produced around this time by RECORD the plating was based upon  'Cadmium' and would have had a dull grey colour finish. The 1959 main catalogue tells us that the cutters were supplied in a plastic wallet, but Type 1 and possible some Type 2 planes had the cutters housed in a Red cardboard sleeve with matching top.

Depth Fence:

2.9/16"long and 1/2"wide Nickel plated, and very often missing!! This fence appears to be the same issue as is found on the M40, MA43, and M50.

Blades [Cutters]:

8 cutters were supplied, 7 in a Red plastic wallet and 1 was to be found installed on the plane. [1/8";3/16";1/4";5/16";3/8";


The markings [BM11] seem to be found on only the 4 largest cutters.

Box and Labels:

The M44 box was substantially made and therefore many have survived to this day.

The end label and top of lid label are shown here.

Lever cap and Screw:

The Lever Cap was always painted RED and had a plated adjusting screw.  The smaller cutters were secured by lateral grooved screw applying pressure against the main body.

Here is the first illustration from the March 1936 mini catalogue.

Fence and screws:

7.1/8"long and all nickel plated. The screws had the 'diamond' insert knurled pattern.