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merrill77

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#1 posted 02-25-2019 02:54 PM

I picked up my 2nd SuperShop yesterday. It is in fantastic shape :> Unlike my first, which was pulled from a barn by the PO, this one has been well cared for. It came with all the original accessories and manual, as well as the belt sander, bandsaw and jointer add-ons. I have a vague memory of these being the same as the ShopSmith accessories – is that true? I’m kinda skeptical on the jointer. I think it may weigh as much as the entire ShopSmith! Ok, maybe not that much…but it is a beast. Don’t want to move that thing around any more than needed. Here it is, in my crowded shop. You can see my first one in the background.

Things that I’ll need to fix/improve:
1) The table height lock lever is broken – actually the fitting that the lever screws into is split. I have the parts. Hopefully I can make a replacement. Or pull it off my first one.

2) No motorized carriage. My first one has this…it looks like all the castings are the same and the holes are there…so I think I’ll be able to move it over. I really like that feature, especially for vertical drill press.
3) Can’t get the belt sander to tension. The provided instructions say to turn one way until machine labors, then turn back and let the auto-tension take over. First part is good…but then the belt just goes slack. There is what appears to be a push-in button on the tension knob. What does that do?

4) Lift torsion is not set correctly. Lifting to vertical position is a bear.

I have a large bandsaw and had not planned to keep the bandsaw add-on, until the owner pointed out that it is variable speed…and therefore useable on metal, which my WWing bandsaw is obviously not. So maybe I’ll keep it.

-- Turning beautiful wood into scraps...one board at a time --Chris


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