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Forum topic by Bigred3002 posted 06-12-2017 08:26 PM 820 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2017 08:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shopsmith

So in my hometown I saw a guy is selling his Shopsmith. I’ve been considering it mainly due to the fact that at my current house I have very limited space for a workshop. Basically I have a shed that also house several other things. I so as much as I wish to have several standalone power tools. That may not be the best option. I also am unlikely to be moving for the next several years.

Anywho, the guy is selling it and this is what he is selling. Shop Smith lathe multi workstation. Optional attachments include Planer, Jointed, disc sander, and miter saw. comes with all attachments, setup guides , manuals covers, guards, fence guides , receipts and work books. The lathe centers and drill chuck are included.
350$ or best offer.

And yet another one has been posted very similar but with some differing attachments. Shop Smith lathe multi workstation. Workstation. This workstation comes with all added accessories attachments covers guards manuals receipts set up guides and work books. I have a 6 inch planner attachment, a 12 inch disc sander, 12 inch miter saw and drill attachment. The lathe centers are included. 350$ or best offer

Not sure how old the machine is although from what I’ve read these machines tend to last quite a while. And the ad claims that its in great condition and works well. Just wondering if either of these is a pretty good deal or not and which one I should go with. Or if someone else would have a suggestion for a shop setup.

I already have a decent table saw that is fairly portable. I have read that the table saw function on these is not the best but since I have the covered I’m not worried about that.

I’m not planning to do any huge projects, just smaller household stuff and maybe make some nice stuff like wood toys and bowls and stuff to sell on the side.

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#1 posted 06-12-2017 09:36 PM

Shoot for $350…..OBO… can’t go wrong. If you get it and decide that it’s not for you then just resell it.

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#2 posted 06-12-2017 10:33 PM

It’s hard to tell from those descriptions what’s
included. In any case, there are different
Shopsmith models made through the years.

All the basic functions on a Shopsmith work
pretty well and it is an accurate machine.
You can only run one accessory at a time.
If you want to use another, you have to
break down the whole setup.

As a lathe they work pretty well. The drill
press functions are good too and the
disc sander is useful for fudging miters.

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 06-12-2017 11:21 PM

As the owner of a couple, I’d say it’s a good deal if it’s clean (rust free) and works well.
BTW, Shopsmith doesn’t make a miter saw. Can’t imagine what the seller is referencing.

-- 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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#4 posted 06-12-2017 11:25 PM

A Shopsmith can be a very useful tool. A picture would help us help you.

In any case, you need to run it. Turn it on a gradually turn the speed dial and see how it works and sounds. It may only need lubricating or much more. There are several people who repair them but not cheap.

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#5 posted 06-13-2017 04:58 AM

The first one has a planer. That is worth more than $350 if it is in working condition. The second is less well equipped and unless the first is in poor condition, I wouldn’t consider it.
SS is a great way to get lots of functions in a small space and once you get familiar with it the setup time is just not an issue.
I’ve said many times …. I have a fully equipped stand alone shop at home in Canada and a SS based shop at my winter place in Az and I can do anything there that I can at home.

Buy the first one.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 06-13-2017 01:37 PM

Here are the pics from the add. Not the best quality images but oh well.

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