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Well here it is…my new 2003 MArk V 520 Shopsmith…I will add more details later…but wanted to get these up for all the guys who gave me advice on the forum “Advice on Mark V Shopsmith” far I have only used the drill press and it was great…will take me some time to learn how to use it all…but as of today——only 8 more days until summer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 05-30-2007 05:37 AM

It looks like you got a great deal. The machine looks like it is in excellent condition. Looking to seeing some projects built with it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-30-2007 05:51 AM

Cool tool(s). Now show us your stuff!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#3 posted 05-30-2007 06:32 AM

It looks in fine shape Matt. Almost like it was brand new. We are looking forward to a lot of projects from you soon.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#4 posted 05-30-2007 07:21 AM

Matt – great find! Here’s what I’m noticing from the pictures:
• The Mark V 520 – nicely done! Usually you can snag a used 510 about any day of the week. A 520 is a bit harder to come by. And in excellent condition, too!
• The bandsaw – with the newer (larger) table. Highly (HIGHLY) recommend the urethane tires and if you can afford it the new Kreg fence. Your bandsaw will never be the same!
• The jointer – it is about 2” too small, but you learn to deal with it. It is a very smartly engineered/built tool. I’d only trade it for another SS jointer that happened to be 6” instead of 4”. If you don’t know how to use a jointer properly, learn! It will do more to improve your woodworking than probably any other tool.
• And the DC3300 to boot! That is really a very nice dust collector. I know it doesn’t get noticed in any of the tool reviews by magazines, but it really is very good.
• The keyed headstock. I didn’t realize how nice that little feature was until we had kids – and I see a little one in some of your pictures. My kids know not to play around daddy’s tools, but one can never be too safe. It is just habit now for me to pop the key out. Sure a LOT better than the old toggle switch design!
• And a nice custom-made cabinet!

And, for a couple of items if you’re unfamiliar with the Shopsmith way of life…
- do the scheduled maintenance (clean-outs, oiling, etc.) They really do make a difference. I’ve purchased/parted out about 25 different machines in the past on eBay and I could tell in a heartbeat which ones were taken care of and which ones weren’t just by opening the inspection port. Oh – and don’t forget to wax the way tubes!
- if you don’t have a manual, get one; likewise the book “Powertool Woodworking for Everyone.” Both are available from SS or eBay.
- get ready to enjoy using a drill press that will “shock-and-awe” your woodworking buddies. I’ve used a SS for a while and am still amazed at how cool the drill press mode is with its huge table and “built-in” fence.

Anyway, welcome to the SS family. We’re a small but loyal group… wouldn’t give up our Shopsmiths for anything (well, except two Shopsmiths!)
If you need any help or advice with your new toy (I mean tool) just let me know; I’d be glad to help!

-- † Hops †

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#5 posted 05-30-2007 06:30 PM

Wow…You have hit the mother lode. A 520 is an awesome find. If I were into new machines instead of my old model 10ER’s, I would own one in a heartbeat. Congrats! I also recommend getting a copy of “Power tool woodworking for everyone”. It uses a Shopsmith to demonstrate jigs and all the other stuff you’ll ever need to know. They appear on ebay regularly and go for much less than new. Make sure it says mark 5 version. -Shopsmithtom

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#6 posted 05-30-2007 09:39 PM

Nice find!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 05-30-2007 09:53 PM

Congratulations! What a nice looking machine and with a cabinet, too. I believe you will enjoy your purchase and if nothing else, this machine will help you produce some very nice projects. Great pictures!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 05-31-2007 04:30 AM

Very nice!... look at all those add-ons they didn’t have with the 10ER… I once met a man who upgraded his older one for some newer parts (motor and all that) and managed to get a few more bells and whistles… methinks I should start (casually of course) looking into following suit.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 04-05-2008 02:49 AM

Hi Matt,

I can tell from the post that you were really excited about the Shopsmith. :) This is a nice tool and you have a nice space in which to work. And, by the way, I see you have managed to snap a picture of a shop elf. They tend to appear without warning. :)

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 05-22-2008 02:01 PM

Thats a nice set up Matt, thats a all in one tool.

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#11 posted 09-05-2008 04:05 PM

I see your map.

-- ??? My mistakes heat the house. It's very warm in here. ???

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