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Forum topic by Tilemaster posted 05-18-2021 08:58 PM 245 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tilemaster

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05-18-2021 08:58 PM

Does anyone know anything about this surface planer? I can pickup for about $200. Looks like United is no longer in business?

Thanks,


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#1 posted 05-18-2021 11:44 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

Pictures or it didn’t happen?

Nice price. I will buy every 15” planer I can find at that price.

United was import brand used by Newcorp based Las Vegas, NV.
Should be similar to several other Taiwan made 15” planers?

The United 15” planers I have seen have open stand on bottom, with half of stand closed to hide motor?
Same clone planer was sold by Jet under couple different stock numbers, Bridgewood as BW-15, Enco, Carbtec, and WoodTek (woodworker.com).

There is huge amount of parts compatibility between the different Taiwan made planers. If you can find Jet/Grizzly model made in same country with same appearance; probability their parts will fit. Both of them are still importing similar 15” planers today, using these same parts. The design has not changed much since that United was made in 80/90’s. There is a lot of information posted in LJ forums on various 15” planers and parts for various models, don’t limit your search to United brand when looking for information on planer repair/rebuild.

Best Luck.

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#2 posted 05-19-2021 12:53 AM

Thank you so much for the info. It needs a little cleaning for sure.

Really appreciate your input.

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#3 posted 05-19-2021 10:11 PM

Welcome to LJ’s

Taiwan made, from a Delta foot print of the DC 380, which came in a few widths, and several HP ratings. They only licensed the 15” and it was made post war by numerous makers, though almost all look identical. I saw the pic of one I just sold, pics below. As you can see mine was sold by Continental Industries. The only difference besides the badging was mine had the Delta Stand, which a good many of them were sold with, and it included the extension roller tables in, and out.

https://www.mikestools.com/download/Delta-Planer-Owners-manuals/22-675.pdf

I imagine yours is a 2 HP deal, that was the gimme Delta made when they allowed the manufacture. Part for part it was the exact same planer as the 380. That way they also had to keep some parts inventory, so Delta had parts for their tool all over the globe. Smart, not smart, hard to say? In a sense they did the same with the making of the DJ20 jointers, but would allow them to be badged as Delta DJ20s, they were made far and wide too. Some better than others. I know a lot of guys who would pass on a DJ20 from S America, but grab an American, or Taiwan made one in a second.

Key thing on the Planer is does it work? If it does can you change speeds? Goofy clunking, banging noises are bad, smooth not jumpy working is good. If it needs bearing the design makes it doable, pretty much they got designed from stock parts.

Then how does it plane wood. You aren’t looking for beautific smooth, just consistent depth across the 15’ width. Sharp blades will make it pretty.

Best of luck. I had mine for about 7 years, it was a wood eating machine. I will attest on it the 2HP deal works about as well as a 3 on a 380. I know I have seen a bunch of them around.

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#4 posted 05-20-2021 11:20 PM

Thanks alot for all the valuable info.

Its a 3hp model which I’m going to look at closer this weekend and get it hooked up to check operation.

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