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Forum topic by Kazooman posted 04-12-2017 09:04 PM 2537 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2017 09:04 PM

I have never been interested in owning a Shopsmith and I have a host of dedicated tools rather than an all purpose machine. I do not own a lathe. Any opinions on a used Shopsmith that I would use just as an entry level lathe? No details other than the picture. Asking $150.

BTW….. the first 100 postings on my local craigslist for tools include four Craftsman radial arm saws and one Montgomery Ward. Must be spring cleaning time in the basement.

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#1 posted 04-12-2017 09:36 PM

Kinda depends on what comes with the basic unit.
Find out about accessories.
How old is the unit? Sometimes the Reeves drive needs some TLC.

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#2 posted 04-12-2017 10:10 PM

I hear you. Here is all of the information provided: “For sale “Shop Smith” multiple tool. Runs good. Multiple attachments….disk sander, planner, table saw, lathe & skill saw. Please text me for more information. Runs off of 110.”

I guess I will have to send him an email for more details. The bottom line for me is not the price, it is whether or not such a beast can actually approximate a modest lathe. The hassle of going to get it and getting it into my basement shop is more than the asking price.

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#3 posted 04-12-2017 10:26 PM

I think that is a really good price for a basic setup. This one also has a planer and scroll saw so I would say it’s a fantastic deal. Those attachments alone are worth the $150. I currently have two and tend to use them as dedicated tools. Have been hunting another at that price to dedicate as a drill press…

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#4 posted 04-12-2017 10:41 PM

As a owner of multiple SS that is an excellent price, you get a variable speed lathe, I doubt it comes with a planer for that price, most likely a jointer mis named as a planer.
Make sure it has the tail stock for the use of a lathe, other wise you can find them on EBay cheaper then from SS, but still a bargain without it.

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#5 posted 04-12-2017 10:43 PM

As an owner and user of two, I’ ll say That’s a steal. It will serve well as a lathe, too.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 04-13-2017 02:10 AM

If you get a SS, and the speed control dial gets stiff or reluctant to turn, don’t force it. Best to take it apart, clean and lube per the manual. If you turn it with force, it could damage it. Don’t ask me how I know this.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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#7 posted 04-24-2017 06:55 PM

Sorry if this comment is too late to be of any help, but if I had access to that I would jump on it. From what this photo shows it is at least a Mark V 505, 510 or 520. The white table that it is shown is the table from a Shopsmith lathe duplicator, which alone on eBay would fetch you $150.

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#8 posted 04-24-2017 07:19 PM

Yep, it is too late. I snoozed, and I lost. I should have just grabbed it. Thanks for the input.

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