Union No.6A X #1: Just picked up this baby. Can you give me some info on it?

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Blog entry by Deycart posted 07-15-2012 11:06 PM 6525 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Union No.6A X series Part 2: Cleaning disappointment. »

EDIT: It is actually a 5A X.. That tells you how much crud is on it.
I just picked up this at a community garage sale for 35 bucks. I can not find any real info on it. The only other one I can find are about the No. 7 X. How rare is this plane and How old is it? I assume its pretty old considering the hole at the top of the blade. Well I plan to do a light cleaning just to get the crud off. If it turns out to rare I will leave it at that and just sharpen it. I can’t wait to see how it compares to my Stanley. The only damage I could find is to the tote at the very front where the screw goes. It is also missing one of the brass nuts in the tote. I have quite a few of them so finding one that fits should be no prob. Let me know what you think.

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#1 posted 07-16-2012 12:45 AM

Nice find.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#2 posted 07-16-2012 12:50 AM

I think its cool as hell … i know that the X is a designation for somethin but i cant remember for the life of me. Brain must be full. Ive got a #3 and #4 union and i like them both quite a bit.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 07-18-2012 03:33 AM

The “X” is for their “Auto-set” line of planes. I have a “regular” Union 5A, about the same as a Stanley 5-1/2. Seems the more levers and adjusters they put on a plan e, the less i like them.

Union was bought out by, who else, Stanley back about 1920. Most Union tools were from about 1900 til Stanley ran out of Union parts.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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