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Forum topic by ohtimberwolf posted 12-14-2015 09:40 PM 837 views 1 time favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ohtimberwolf

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12-14-2015 09:40 PM

Is there something wrong here or is it just a piece of junk parts?

http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/tls/5357780836.html

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.


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jakep_82

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#1 posted 12-14-2015 09:53 PM

The last picture appears to show belts, and pieces of the drive mechanism on the floor. My guess is it’s not currently running. The accessories and various pieces are worth more than asking price, but you’ll probably need to spend some additional money to get it running. Go to this website if you want to get the headstock fixed/rebuilt.

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conifur

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#2 posted 12-14-2015 10:06 PM

I am guessing those are spare belts, since there are 3 of the Gilmer belts there and the machine only uses one. There was one for free this weekend around here. I paid 175 for mine with a jointer.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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bonesbr549

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#3 posted 12-14-2015 10:08 PM

I had one and much newer with the 510 upgrade which is bigger table, and was in excellent condition. Tried for a long long time to sell it for 250 no takers. I lowered it to 200 and a guy that restores them took it. I see folks trying to get 1k+ for them and no way. I see lots of reeves drive parts so its been overhauled or not running.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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dhazelton

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#4 posted 12-14-2015 10:12 PM

I’ve been at auctions where they didn’t get any bids or went for scrap price. My understanding is yes, they do everything – but nothing particularly well. Shopsmith lovers please don’t shoot me.

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johnstoneb

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#5 posted 12-14-2015 10:17 PM

I believe Shopsmith does everything well. You just have the inconvenience of switching things over or planning your operations well so you aren’t switching back and forth.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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MAKZ06

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#6 posted 12-14-2015 10:22 PM

I purchased my last one for $125 if I remember right. Have seen a few over the past few years go for $150. I’ve been looking for another to use as a dedicated drill press but just haven’t found one in time or that was within the distance I wanted to drive. I love them, especially if you can dedicate to specific tasks and don’t have to switch over from one to another several times a day for a project. Although if I had no space then it would be a fine option as a do it all machine.

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MrUnix

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#7 posted 12-14-2015 11:15 PM

There are like a bazillion of them for sale in my area right now… ranging in price from $60 and up – to well over a grand! The more expensive ones are those that look like they have been meticulously cared for and maintained, and include lots of the optional bolt-on accessories.

I do agree with the above comments that the one pictured for $100 looks like it’s non-functional due to the drive parts laying in a pile. Although, it could have had those components replaced at some time and those are the old ones. You never know what a previous owner may have done in the past, or even for what reason!

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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dhazelton

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#8 posted 12-15-2015 12:12 AM

There was an episode of NCIS a couple of years ago where Gibbs sees a Shopsmith in a pawn shop. At the end of the show it’s in his basement and his father asks him where he got it. It was a vintage manly moment.

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ohtimberwolf

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#9 posted 12-15-2015 02:37 AM

Interesting info guys. I never had a desire to buy one but a friend of mine did a lot of work making old timey chairs with it. I just had never seen one that cheap around here and I knew a lot people here knew a lot about them. Me, I know nothing about them except that you had a lot of set up and changing to do for each job.

Thanks all for the comments, sounds like it may sell a lot cheaper than advertised. larry (but not to me) :)

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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conifur

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#10 posted 12-15-2015 04:05 AM

First off its a mith about change over time, yes you want to run things in progression. They all do all things well except as a table saw in the older models, too small of a table, they changed that, and have a larger table now.
Since 1954 they are all basically the same and all parts are available from SS and very easy to repair/build. They make great dedicates machines with there add on power tools, SPTs, jointer, band saw, ect and be all found on CL for a bargain, they were/are all quality stuff and still get parts for them too. I have 4 of them 3 are the originals, the other one is the style now, you have a variable speed drive from 700-7000 rpm without changing a pulley. That is what makes them so nice, a great drill press and lathes.
Here in WI, I can get a mint used one for around 200$, here is the scenario, dad bought one in the 50s-60s and the power tool accessories, in his man cave back then, they lived in there house, dad died about 10 years ago, mom is still alive living there with the kids help, now mom died or has to go to the home, kids dont do wood working, so the SS is on CL for 2-3 hundred$ or the nuts so kid that goes to SS site and a new one is 3900$ and thinks he can get 1500$ and it sits there for months till he figures it out. They are a bargain to make into a dedicated machine, one I have I shortend the tubes has the belt sander on one side the 12” discs on the other.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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conifur

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#11 posted 12-15-2015 04:18 AM

check this out about SS over the years
http://www.shopsmith.com/ss_forum/viewtopic.php?p=63184#post63184

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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shipwright

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#12 posted 12-15-2015 04:52 AM

I did build this http://lumberjocks.com/projects/37820

with this http://lumberjocks.com/projects/38909

which cost me $50 (Canadian) in running order. What you see in the photo has been cosmetically restored but she was a working hunk of cast iron when I bought her.

I really don’t like it when people who haven’t had a ShopSmith trash them.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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conifur

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#13 posted 12-15-2015 05:20 AM

Shipwright, I am a ss forum guy, know your skills, yes I have 3 of those work horses, never regret having them, no show ponies though.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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