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Shop Smith #3: ShopSmith 50th Golden Anniversary Edition 2002

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Blog entry by htl posted 03-21-2016 09:00 PM 728 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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ShopSmith 50th Golden Anniversary Edition 2002
I was just sitting and thinking about my use of the Shopsmith over the years and it hit me why I love and many others love the Shopsmith so much.
It’s as Dave said the transformer aspect.
How many tools can you buy that you can truly soup up change it around and buy more and more parts for.
There is just an attraction to me to be able to change it for whats needed.
Back around 1983 I had a cabinet shop and did all kinds of work around Atlanta Ga.
Shopsmith had a store there and I would have to go in and get my fix of new toys.
I look at the toy catalog that is Shopsmith now and can’t beleave the many extras I used to have for it.
Man I wish I hadn’t come on hard times many years ago and sold my many SS treasures. lol
But that’s fine I learned so much and was able to change the tool every time I needed some thing different to get the job done.
Don’t get me wrong I had table saws and radial arm saws to help get it done fast but the SS was really my first store bought tool and the one I have always loved to play with the most.

So here’s what I picked up last week, drove 150 miles for a $400 ShopSmith 50th Golden Anniversary Edition.
It’s all shiny and new looking I’m just thrilled to death about it.
The last one I got and blogged about was 30 some thing years old, it works ok but is missing some parts and is just way passed being pretty but this one is all shiny and new to me, it’s just 12 years old so for a shopsmith its like new. lol
So now I have two shopsmiths to add together and transform into a real wood working performer.

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



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htl

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#1 posted 03-21-2016 09:24 PM

I’m pretty sure I will be cutting the way tubes on the old ss and uses it solely in drill press mod.
That’s what I got the saw for in the first place, it’s great drill press strengths.
But am pondering a different idea.
To save room I may try putting the two saws together.
One thing I have never seen before is two SS put together on one frame, the drill press on one end[locked in place] and the other end will have shortened way tubes so it can be set in the lathe mod and the sanding disk mod.
It would only take cutting two way tubes [the old ones] and bolting the two hinged ends at either end of the way tubs..
You have to remember what I want it for is building small parts for model, so don’t need the full length of the way tubes for sawing and the like.
I have a Dewalt saw for my sawing duty’s.
I’ve read that you can buy electrical pipe at the same size as the way tubes so may check[$10] that out so I won’t have to cut up my way tube and will be able to put it all back to right.
What do you SS junkys think of this crazy idea.
Now this would really put the transformer idea to the test. lol
PS As you can see in the pictures I’m running out of room for my work shop so this is a way around this.

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

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#2 posted 03-21-2016 09:32 PM

You can’t buy them here, but to me it looks a great machine. And 400 box isn’t that much for such a nice machine. Succes with making 1of2.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#3 posted 03-21-2016 09:45 PM

Dutchy spring has sprung here and it’s time to do some wood working. YAHOO!!!
That’s a shame you can’t get one there I think you would find it useful but Europe has a much different way of looking at tools so I beat that’s why.
SS has sold a million of them over the last 50 years so there’s a ton of them around cheap in different areas of the US.
It’s the one tool that you can still get parts for at 30 years old, and you can keep it up to date if you want to put the $$$ in it..

For me I was looking for parts to up date the saw I got last month and it hit me I can just be on the look out for a saw cheap and fixer up that way.
The speed adjuster was not working right when I got home and thats probable why he sold it so cheap but some you tube vidio education and 15 minutes of work and she’s up to speed again. lol

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

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#4 posted 03-22-2016 06:49 PM

I finally got it all cleaned up and a coat of polish, it will never look like this again because a table saw it will not be used for very much if at all.
Lathe, drill press,disk & drum sander and may use it to dado small parts but just need the one table for that.

I’m really excited to have such a new to me SS.
The one I got a month ago works fine but to have a nearly new one is so nice.
This is my 4th SS bought one new in around 1982 and then 5 years ago I did some work for a freind that had an old 1980??? something SS that I cleaned up and then sold when I had no where to use it at the time.
Times have changed and wood working is on the go. YAHOO!!!

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

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