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#1 posted 11-01-2012 08:34 PM

I own two – both bought used. Perfect for a small shop. That price isn’t too bad, considering it has the band saw and the jig saw and it’s a 510 model. Check to make sure it runs smoothly and can go through all the speeds (changing ONLY with the motor running). Also might want to ask if it has a two bearing quill. It probably does, but might not. Lastly, you might take off the access cover (back of the headstock – the Shopsmith logo) and make sure that it’s not full of sawdust and has occasionally been oiled like it should. Also, connect both the band saw and the jig saw and see how they run. Doesn’t appear that there is too much rust on it, but that’s another negotiating point. Might try to get it down to $650. That would be a deal.

P.S. If you get it, toss out the magna wobble dado blade. They’re a pain. When you want to make dadoes, you can start with a good cross cut blade and nibble your way across. When you get good at that, buy a decent 8” dado set on sale.

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