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For Sale UDS-1 Triple Scuba Tank Setup w Scubapro Regulator Excellent

Discussion in 'Classifieds: Tanks, Valves and Bands' started by simplediver247, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. simplediver247

    simplediver247 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Chicago / Philippines
    Selling my UDS-1 Triple Scuba Tank Setup, from what I understand there were only 200 of these ever made. Tanks were inspected and tested 6 years ago, I have been diving it until last year, best breathing setup I have ever dove. Modifications improvements were made to fix the problems from the manufacture, the aluminum connection block for the regulator was replaced by a solid brass connection block that now allows to hook up bcd inflator hose,an octopus / backup regulator, and your main reg, also the aluminum refill connector was removed and replaced by a tank valve to allow easy refill, the aluminum parts that came with these units were really junk and would strip out quite easily. All the replaced parts are made from solid brass and were professional machined. There is a Scubapro R109 Fully Adjustable Regulator attached which is the same as the newer plastic G250 and they use the same parts kits, octopus is a Mares. The original pressure gauge was removed so I could attach my dive computer, I did just attach a hose to show how it looks and how it is arranged in the pictures. The original straps are included and in excellent usable shape. The original bolts / nuts to connect the straps and the inside aluminum tanks bands were lost shipping this back after using it. Its quite easy to hookup a back plate and use a wing or horse collar to dive this setup. Regs will need to be serviced prior to usage and the tanks are due for inspection, manifold / valves were removed to bring this onto the airplane. The case is in excellent condition for it's age, there is a small chip on the top of the case below the handle, happened from loading onto the plane. Case does have some nicks and other signs of use, the original logo / stickers are on it and not reproductions. I have always used car wax on the outside and inside of the case to protect the paint. Hoses are are all in good usable condition, no cracking or dry rott. I've always thoroughly cleaned rinsed and waxed this after each use. Stored in a non smoking home. Selling $1200.00 or Best Offer. Buyer pays shipping & insurance, valves have to be removed before shipping, will require 2 perhaps 3 boxes to ship. Buyer is welcome to pickup, I only Accept Cash &Paypal, Sorry No Shipping Services / No Checks. Setup can be viewed here Scuba Tanks UDS-1 Triple Scuba Tanks Rare

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  2. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: New Jersey
    Price on Craigslist is $1200.
  3. simplediver247

    simplediver247 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Chicago / Philippines
    Sorry forgot to list the selling price of $1200.00 I also have 2 Double Hose Regulators and a a box of spare parts for them along with a Like New Aquatec Special Forces Black Horse collar BC for sale that I will be listing shortly.
  4. simplediver247

    simplediver247 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Chicago / Philippines
    $1000 or Best offer Scubapro Reg is a 156 Fully Adjustable not R109, Still uses same G250 Parts
  5. brauem

    brauem Angel Fish

    did this item sell? If not what is your asking price currently? If so, what was the price realized? Many thanks in advance and happy holidays! Mike in CT
  6. Soup Sammich

    Soup Sammich Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Knoxville TN
    upload_2018-12-8_22-52-33.jpeg South Bend Indiana Craigslist for $500
  7. michael-fisch

    michael-fisch ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Finally Lake City FL
    Find it hard to believe that only 200 were ever made since in 1988 I saw one for sale in the Engineeer Casern PX in Karlsruhe Germany. If the PX was stocking them they had to have made more than 200.

  8. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
    There has been considerable discussion on this board regarding the UDS and the ABS diving systems by US Divers. Lots of "I think," "I thought," and "I believe" about the number of units produced, when produced and value ($1200.00 !).

    It is time to establish a definitive document for future reference and discussions regarding these systems. Lets begin with the UDS units. Therefore:



    The UDS was introduced in the 1974 US Divers Catalog on pages 4 and 5. Page 4, 2/3s of the page was devoted to a color picture of the unit; likewise on page 5, 1/4 of the page was devoted to a picture. The remainder of the two pages was devoted to verbage describing the unit.

    UDS consisted of three cylinders of 3000 psi, 105 cuft, a special manifold, a regulator, a ProDiv SPG and a reserve system. The entire system was encased in a bright yellow thermoformed Cycolac plastic case. The entire unit was attatched to the diver via soft nylon straps, for the waist, crotch and shoulders. The weight belt buckel was USD Safe E Z #7116 which some on this board consider the best thing since sliced bread. Others do not share that opinion

    It was sold as a complete unit. However no price was listed in the catlog.

    US Divers did issue a seperate 6 page price list. the unit was listed on page #1 as part # 1093 UDS complete, $499.00

    1975 (UDS-1)

    Once again two complete color pages were devoted to this unit. Although the UDS first appears on page 6 and 7 it is the first product to be featured in the catalog. Pages 1 to five are devoted to JYC, PC and JJC

    The cosmetic appearance is the same as the UDS. All changes were devoted to a new ProDive1 SPG, and a moldable mouthpiece for the regulator.

    It was also indicated that the case was of Thermoformed "ABS" for superior impact resistance. (?)

    Once again the price is on a seperate 2 page price sheet. It is listed as part number 1093 UDS -1 System with a price increase to $599.00

    1976 UDS-1

    Once again listed on the very first page of the marketing portion of the catalog, page 6. Two color pictures of the front and rear of the unit is demonstrated. A very brief description of the unit accompanies the pictures. There are no apparent changes to the system, either functional or cosmeticly.

    Once again a seperate price liist was issued. the unit was listed as UDS-1 #1093 $696.50 (YES $696.50)


    UDS -1 was once again placed on the very first page of the catalog, but in reality page 7. Full page , two views, with a sales pitch.

    As with others a seperate price list was issued and once again it is listed but with a stock number change of UDS-1 System, part number 1093-00 with a reduction in price of fifty cents to $696.00.


    No longer in the USD catalog and not listed in the USD closeout specials. Thus ends the saga of the UDS and UDS -1 by US Divers. First offered in 1974 and last catalog appearance was in 1977- a period of only a few years - four years - There is no record of the total production run but I suspect way over the 200 the OP @simplediver247 claims.


    On a personal note:

    I was a consultant/advisor and the company SCUBA instructor to US Divers at that time and I had the opportunity to dive the unit on a number of occasions in the proto configuration and the production unit .
    I was not as impressed as others seem to be.-- then or especially now so many years later

    One of the stong recomendations made to US Divers was to combine a PFD with the unit. Design and market as an acessory or as a componet of the UDS or even better possibly remove one of the cylinders to make room for a PFD. Higher powers, whom I suspect to be JYC & JJC, wanted it as it was designed and marketed.

    I dove twin 44 (USD womens tanks or the early USN tripples) the majority of my life. The UDS was no comparison to these units, perhaps that was the problem in my impressions of the UDS.

    After production ceased I obtained a number of the RCM UDS shells from USD.

    One shell I made into a holloween turtle costume for one of my children--but even after much cutting and modifing it was still to restrictive, so I tossed it .

    Another shell I mounted on the back of the twin 44s. I was using a ScubaPro wings type PFD with a BP from a modified flat piece of metal, which I ran two 3/8 brass bolts through the entire unit to secure it. Used it once or twice and tossed it also.

    Thus ends my stories of the UDS.

    Stay tuned for more exciting tales of the saga of the UDS

    Sam Miller, III
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  9. divad

    divad Solo Diver

    Okay, but,............................... do you have any details?
  10. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
    Piled it Higher and Deeper …

    Probably no questions will be forth coming from good ole @simplediver247 about his $1200.00 treasure
    aka dive junk

    How about you?


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