Hooray, I bought a Shopsmith!

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Blog entry by SaRoOl posted 06-18-2012 02:56 PM 2487 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I’ve said before, I am super new to woodworking. As in i haven’t done a woodworking specific project yet, just home improvement type things. So in my quest for tools I decided a Shopsmith would be the best bang for my buck to start out with. After watching Craigslist for a month or so I found a sweet deal on a used Shopsmith with several extra goodies. I wound up paying $675 for everything. It had a little rust, but I’ve taken care of that for the most part (still need to derust the jointer and bandsaw) and given it a good cleaning, waxing and lube job. These are the pics from the CL listing since I haven’t gotten around to taking my own yet.

BTW: Evapo-Rust is a godsend!

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Don Niermann

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#1 posted 06-18-2012 03:33 PM

I have had one since 86 and if setup correctly it is a very accurate machine. Good buy

-- WOOD/DON ( has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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#2 posted 06-18-2012 03:46 PM

Looks like a model 510…Congratulations on your purchase…you can find almost anything on craigslist. Back in the 70’s I had a new shopsmith..paid around $800 for it new. and now they are around $2000 without the extras like the bandsaw, jointer and dust collector.
I don’t have it anymore but i did buy another used one a while back for $400 with no accessories. I mainly bought it for the horizontal boring feature and lathe. The variable speed motor comes in handy also for other uses.
You will get alot of good use out of it. Go to the shopsmith website and you can get all kinds of info and email updates if you sign up.

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#3 posted 06-18-2012 03:57 PM

I saw that on CL! i live in calhoun. I always thought that shop smiths are neat!

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#4 posted 06-18-2012 04:42 PM

Welcome to the club. I have two. You’ll find they are a great machine and if you got the bands aw, jointer and dust collector for $675, you got a good deal. Now, go to the ShopSmith website. No, don’t start buying accessories just yet. Check out the ShopSmith Academy. Nick Engler put some great videos and ideas up there. Well worth reviewing. Tune up and alignment is all detailed there. Once you get it all set up, you can start making lots of sawdust. Good luck.

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Joe Watson

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#5 posted 06-18-2012 08:06 PM

I have a 10 ER really fun machines congrats on yours.

-- Got Wood?

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