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Forum topic by Warrent posted 1608 days ago 10636 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Warrent

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1608 days ago

Hi. This is my first post to this forum and I have a query. I have just purchased a used 15” planer at an auction. A left-over from a closed school workshop. It is a Bridgewood, 220 single phase, 3 hp, 15 amp.
There is a model/serial decal but nothing litigable on the decal. I did a google search but didn’t turn up much info. Does anyone here have an idea who marketed these units or where I might find some information?


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TheDane

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#1 posted 1608 days ago

Quoting Fine WoodWorking Nov/Dec 1997: “AMT, Bridgewood, Grizzly, Jet, Powermatic, Reliant, Sears, Star Tools, Sunhill and Woodtek all import their machines from Chiu Ting. It’s hard to get a straight answer about whether some or most of the parts are identical, but many components look the same, and many parts are interchangeable.”

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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acanthuscarver

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#2 posted 1608 days ago

The Bridgewood tools were made for Wilke Machinery in York, PA. The Wilkes have since stopped designing and importing their Bridgewood brand and are selling other brands of tools. You may still be able to contact them for information on their planer.

Wilke’s new website is http://www.chwilke.com/

-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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daveintexas

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#3 posted 1608 days ago

I have one, bought it about 6 years ago from a fellow who was getting out of the woodworking stream.
I changed out the cutter head about 5 years ago, and put in a Byrd head.
The machine has performed very well, no complaints at all.

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Warrent

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#4 posted 1608 days ago

Thanks everyone.

daveintexas, was the Byrd head you purchased specific to the your Bridgewood or was it a generic that happened to fit?
BTW, do you have any literature on the unit? I didn’t get any with mine.

Thanks again,

Warren….........

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RickLoDico

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#5 posted 1134 days ago

The BW15P is an indestructible workhorse that will outlive you. There is a Byrd head specific to it.

-- He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

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jwisbey

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#6 posted 986 days ago

I have one that I purchased in 1993 and have been very happy with it. I just added a Wixey WR 550 digital readout on it as an upgrade.

-- Joe, Ohio - Working with wood for over 25 years and still a beginner

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woodworkered

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#7 posted 419 days ago

Does anybody have a owner manual for this planer? I just purchased this and there was no manual available.

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Straightbowed

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#8 posted 417 days ago

ching chang Joe

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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