Shop Smith #2: Where did you get you first look at a shop smith?

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Blog entry by htl posted 03-21-2016 03:07 PM 646 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I all ways thought my first look at a Shopsmith was at the mall back in the 1980’s but these pictures beg to differ.

I picked up a newer Shopsmith last week a 510 the ShopSmith 50th Golden Anniversary Edition 2002 man it’s all crome and shiny. LOL

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#1 posted 03-21-2016 04:49 PM

Good score. I have a 510 (1990) and love it.

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#2 posted 03-21-2016 05:44 PM

I don’t have one, but the first time I ever saw one was on a 1/2 hour long infomercial on TV. Probably in the early 1980’s. I liked the ‘transformer-like’ aspect of it.

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#3 posted 03-21-2016 09:49 PM

Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
I just went and did a search for leave it to beaver and didn’t know it was that old.
So that shop smith is a 1957 to 1963 model WOW!!!

I was between these two boys in age when this was playing on tv.

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#4 posted 03-21-2016 10:48 PM

I first saw one in a mall also, they were also demoing a VW Beetle and ‘automatic’ transmissions as well (back when a manual transmission actually was the standard transmission LOL!).

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#5 posted 03-28-2016 12:12 AM

My dad got his in the late 70’s, and it was already old. He babied that thing… restored it beautifully. Always perfectly paste-waxed, which is probably why it was so easy to dust off.

Considering how big they are, it’s funny that the SS was the first tool I was decent at using. Part of that was because he was tired of switching everything around, so he made me… I mean… “let me” do it.

I’d love to get one at some point down the road. The only hurdles left is that I’m not good with motors and I need more room.

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