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Forum topic by Jorge313 posted 04-11-2021 10:32 PM 486 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2021 10:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shopsmith vintage banjo

I was given what I believe is a very old shopsmith. I’m not certain because there are no markings visible. It belonged to a friends great grandfather. I took it hoping to use it as a lathe only.

The problem is there was no banjo for the tool rest.

This machine is so old it has square bed rails. Does anyone know if there’s any way to find a banjo for something this old?

Here’s a pic


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#1 posted 04-11-2021 10:34 PM

I have no idea why the pic is upside down. It’s right side up on my phone.

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#2 posted 04-11-2021 10:42 PM

The one pictured at the top of this link is your goal. You have a 10ER, there is a bit of history in that link, and in the one below.

http://www.woodworkinghistory.com/appendix_22.htm

https://www.owwm.org/search.php?keywords=Shopsmith+10ER&sid=a22cdee7b47adb1bc6b4a0a27cd44213

Doing a search for Shopsmith 10ER will net you a lot of info.

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#3 posted 04-11-2021 10:44 PM

Pictures need to be landscape I believe. most have phone set to portrait. When you post a pic here you can hit that green preview button before posting, and it will show how it will look.

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#4 posted 04-11-2021 11:02 PM

That one’s not a Shopsmith. It’s just one of the many clones that were sold over the years.

You MAY be able to find some info doing a search for Shopsmith clone, but that will be hit or miss at best.

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#5 posted 04-12-2021 05:48 AM

That is definitely NOT a 10 ER. I think Snow is right. It’s a knock-off and I doubt that even 10 ER parts will fit it if you can find them.

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#6 posted 04-15-2021 08:16 PM

What you have is a 1950’s “Supershop” from Power Tools Inc in Beloit, WI. They were advertised from around 1951-1959 but never seemed to get the traction of the Shopsmith, which preceded it. I’ve seen them advertised as “Super Shop” as well as “Super-Shop”, but none of these are to be confused with the “Fox Super Shop” which later became the “Smithy Super Shop” and the “Iron Wood”.

You can find a little bit of info on the Vintage Machinery website: http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=1833&tab=0

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#7 posted 04-15-2021 08:20 PM

Here’s another pic. You can see that there are a few improvements in the design, but still pretty privative compared to the Shopsmith Mark V, which was introduced a couple years earlier.

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#8 posted 04-15-2021 11:48 PM

Egads it’s one of them. Pretty much useless as it sits. I didn’t realize the junk machine rippers were alive until the MKV’s were made. Mr Folkerth wasn’t interested in 10ER ripps, but he fought like hell against the MKV Chinese ripps

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#9 posted 04-19-2021 07:09 PM

Wow! Thank you.

It’s definitely the Supershop from the first add. I don’t know how you found that but I’m seriously impressed.

Being what it is and the condition it’s in I don’t think I’ll be trying to restore or use it.

But I’m grateful to know what I have there.

If anyone wants it, you’re welcome to it.

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#10 posted 04-26-2021 02:04 PM

I’m a Shopsmith nerd and actually have a couple blogs dedicated to them. It’s a problem. Scott

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