Beginners luck find? Shopsmith planer up and running

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Forum topic by john21 posted 08-11-2018 02:32 AM 902 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-11-2018 02:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: planer shopsmith pro planer

Good evening!

I found a Shop Smith Pro Planer on Craigslist a month or so ago for $200 that looked to be in good condition. I tested it and everything seemed to run fine but the outfeed roller looked worn and the test piece I brought required a good push to get through. I figured the price was too good to pass and I brought it home. Fast forward to this week. I got the table cleaned up and waxed. I replaced the knives with a brand new set (the seller found 3 new extra sets that he threw in). The set-up was a breeze and I out a couple of pieces of wood through it to test it. It was the moment of truth…... and Viola! Both pieces went through unassisted and came out looking nice and smooth!

Needless to say, I am quite excited to start putting some rough cut lumber I bought through it and getting some projects done! I couldn’t find too many reviews or tips, so I’m hoping that the good luck continues and this machine lasts for a good long while.

I was so stoked I had to share I think I found my hobby that I am passionate about and will stick with!

Have a good night everyone,

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#1 posted 08-11-2018 03:13 AM

That is an excellent planer and if you ever need to repair it there will be parts available. ShopSmith has a great rep for parts support.

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

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#2 posted 08-11-2018 05:47 AM

I have that same machine I bought used for twice what you paid. It’s a great machine and will serve you well for many years to come. Congrats on getting a great deal!

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#3 posted 08-11-2018 07:11 PM

That is an old machine and because it is still functional speaks volumes of it’s quality. I have all the machine tools I will ever need, but if I have the opportunity to pick up an old quality machine at a good price, I will. I don’t believe any modern tools will outlast tools of the past. Tools back then were made to last, something today’s tool manufacturer’s (and others) don’t like in a “throw away” society. I have a Delta drill press that was made in the same year I was born (1934) and it is still in great condition and used almost every day. I’m sure when I’m gone to the great toolroom-in-the-sky, my son and his son will still be using that same drill press.

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