Early Union No. 5, a good deal?

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Forum topic by MikeUT posted 09-10-2014 03:42 PM 948 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-10-2014 03:42 PM

I came across this Union no. 5 and I am trying to decide whether or not to buy it and at what price. I couldn’t find a whole lot on old union planes but from what I’ve read it seems like it is from the 1900-1910 period, before they were bought out by Stanley. I noticed that the Union planes from after the buyout look a lot more like the Stanley planes and they were about the same price or maybe a little less than what a Stanley would be. There weren’t really any examples on Ebay of the earlier versions so I am not sure if it is rare and more valuable or rare because they aren’t as desirable. What do you guys think? What is this plane worth?

On a side note- I also found a ‘Trustworthy’ plane. It didn’t look very old, but it peaked my curiosity. Anyone have any info on these planes? (first three pics are the Union and the last two are the Trustworthy)

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#1 posted 09-10-2014 11:55 PM

Yes, I have a Trustworthy plane, and the little research I could find online about it said it was made for a Trustworthy Hardware store in the early 1900s. The one I researched said they were confident it was made by Sargent and mine appears to be as well, but I’m not sure they all were. If you pull out the frog and stuff you can get a better idea of who made it.

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#2 posted 09-10-2014 11:59 PM

Ive got a couple union planes and i like em. Slightly heavier in my opinion. Id pay 20-30 bones depending on your needs. Its still a jack plane and an equivalent stanley 5 can be found pretty easily.

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#3 posted 09-11-2014 12:09 AM

I’d agree with Stef and Tim. As for price on the trustworthy, I wouldn’t pay more than $5 – $10 for it. The $10 side if you have a hard time finding planes and want it.

Its hard to find info on unions, but they were good planes, and it will serve you well. Only the X series are really valuable, but the ones like this one were well made.

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#4 posted 09-11-2014 12:23 AM

I’m thinking $10. It’s gonna take some work and then
it’s just a standard Bailey type jack plane, of which
there were millions made.

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