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Union Manufacturing Co. - New Britain, CT


 
  X 5 Metal Plane - Union Manufacturing Co.
Photos provided by Paul McGee, Perth, AU
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The Union Manufacturing Co. catalog, published in 1905, introduced new metal plane design - the X Series.

 

It distinguished itself with a locking vertical post mechanism for adjusting the depth of cut.

1905 Catalog Description:

In presenting this new adjustment, we are confident that we have the best that has yet been designed by any Plane manufacturer.

While it is somewhat of a departure from the accepted ideas of Plane adjustment, it is the result of careful study of the requirements of users of tools, and is in every point an improvement over the old.

It has been thoroughly tested by competent mechanics and expert tool men, to determine its strength and holding power, and all unite in praising it highly.
We have discarded the movable frog, and the cutter seat is made a part of the body of the plane. This gives a firm seat for cutter at all times, which cannot become loosened with our extra heavy cutter, gives a plane that will stand ant test.

The cutter is raised or lowered be means of a lever, which is positive, a decided advantage over the screw adjustment commonly used.

There is no loss of motion, the cutter responding to the slightest movement of the lever. This lever at its outer end is clamped by two brass nuts, which hold it securely in position. The cutter being set as desired, the lever is solidly clamper by the nuts, making it impossible for the cutter to be displaced. This locking device is one of the strong points of this adjustment, as the user may be certain that the cutter once set will remain so until changed.

Another feature of this adjustment is the protection which may be given to the cutter when not in use. When the plane to be laid aside, by loosening the lower nut the lever may be lowered, thus raising the cutter within the plane body. The edge of the cutter is thus protected and cannot be damaged by handling, while the upper nut remaining in the same position, when the plane is used again the cutter is brought to exactly the same place.

The cutter is firmly held in place be an iron cap, which sliding under two lugs in the side walls, the proper leverage being obtained by a large brass screw at its upper end. In this way absolutely rigidity of the cutter is obtained.

We show here a plane which can be easily and quickly adjusted under any condition and so simple it cannot be easily broken or disarranged.

We have no hesitation in recommending this new plane to all users of tools.

The Plane

 


 
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