shopsmith mack v 10 er

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Blog entry by patty posted 11-04-2014 10:05 PM 1115 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello woodworkers. I have been busy today preparing my little shop for a shopsmith mack v 10er It seems to run great but I pick it up tomorrow. If anyone out there has experience with Shopsmith mark v I0er would live to hear from you . I really like the idea of getting a table saw, drill press, lathe, drum sander and band saw all in one. It’s gonna save me a lot of space. I have never used a lathe before but I am excited to give it a try.

-- Patty Schenewerk ,

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#1 posted 11-04-2014 11:09 PM

Patty , Here is a couple of places to start at.

I used on of those many years ago and they are actually pretty good systems but you need to get used to the setup and changing from one operation to another. Make sure your done with the Tablesaw before you switch to the drillpress and stuff like that. Have fun with it.

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#2 posted 11-04-2014 11:17 PM

Hi Patty, I have a whole shop based on a Mark V 510 . It is a great tool especially for a small space. Check out this blog about my setup and feel free to ask me anything anytime.

Welcome to LJ’s.

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#3 posted 11-05-2014 12:54 AM

Patty—I own a vintage Mark V as well. For me, the table saw is the least used component, with the disk sander, drill press and lathe being the most used. Set up correctly, the machine is a good, versatile tool. Good luck with the new-to-you machine.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#4 posted 11-05-2014 08:15 PM

Welcome, you either love them or not. They have many advantages to stand alone machines and also save space. As with any tool you need to learn how to properly use it safely.

-- Norman

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#5 posted 11-05-2014 11:10 PM

They are a great machine. Good for the average woodworker. A bit underpowered. The table saw is a bit unsafe, with the saw up higher and the blade unprotected, so you just have to make sure you are paying attention. I after not tightening up something, learned to go over the stuff you need to tighten 2 times. The saw table was my usual thing not to tighten, and had a few times where the saw blade touched the table. As a lathe it is a very nice machine, the right height, speed changing control, and lots of length. Hopefully you got your shop smith lathe tools also, they are good quality. My grand father had 2, the first one wore out after 20 years, and the one he replaced is one that I now use, and it is plenty old. A keeper.

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#6 posted 11-06-2014 12:33 PM

My Mark V is about 28 years old, bought it new.
Although I acquired many other machine in the interim, I still use my SS every day.
My favorite modes of operation (modus operandi) are 6×48 belt sander, 12” disc sander, lathe and drill press.

I used to have the band saw attachment, but gave it up after the factory “technician” told me that to adjust tracking I had to bend the arm on the top wheel.
The saw table was my least favorite mode.

That said, I wouldn’t want to have to do without it.

I hope you enjoy your 10 er as much as I have enjoyed my Mark V.


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#7 posted 11-06-2014 02:09 PM

You have me wondering what you have. You originally said 35 years old (I think) which would rule out a 10ER as the “youngest” of them are now about 61. If it has a cast iron power head it is a 10ER. if it’s sheet metal, then it would be a Mark V. Can you enlighten me?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#8 posted 11-06-2014 02:41 PM

My shopsmith is 41 years old, and still going strong.
It has been upgraded several times, most recently to a “510”
I have the bandsaw, jointer, and belt sander.
I bought it when I was in the Navy. It made three trips all the way across the country.
I still love it.

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#9 posted 11-06-2014 11:59 PM

I am sorry for confusion about my shopsmith. It is a 10er I am not sure how old. I got it two days ago. It needs to be cleaned up. Not sure how to get the rest off rails and tools. The person I bought it from said he had not used it in 10 years. It probably needs to have some service done but I am not sure about that either. I did hear motor run it sounded good. I have the bandsaw attachment is anyone knows what size blades it takes and where to get them let me know. As you can tell I am definitely a newbie. Heck I have to figure out how to put it in all the different positions to use all the tools but rails need clean first.
So any advice let me know Thank you all for the advice and info so far

-- Patty Schenewerk ,

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