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Forum topic by Les Casteel posted 03-26-2010 04:18 AM 2965 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Les Casteel

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03-26-2010 04:18 AM

Hi, thanks for looking. I’m interested in buying a used horizontal boring machine if anyone has a lead on one. If not can anyone give me an idea what is available new at a reasonable price? Thanks!

-- Les, Missouri,

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#1 posted 03-26-2010 04:31 AM

I picked up a ShopSmith 500 ( 1980’s I think ) for $260 with bandsaw. and in very good shape. I love it but i’m and very new to woodworking so have not had other ones to compare it too but it meets my needs.

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#2 posted 03-26-2010 05:19 AM

Hey Les … What is your price range? How much do you plan to use it?You may take a look on Amazon. Grizzly has one I’ve been considering for years.
I’ve been using a Shopsmith Jointmatic. I bought it used on eBay. I do not use it exclusively, but it is a nice tool to have around.

I’ve also noticed them on Craigslist in Cincinnati for a fair price. Dayton also. The Shopsmith factory is in Dayton.

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#3 posted 03-26-2010 05:40 AM

There are horizontal boring machines that do a bunch of holes at a time into panel edges ( and usually the top or bottom as well) and then there are horizontal boring machines that put one dowel hole at a time in a face frame member .

Which kind are you looking for?

Here’s one.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#4 posted 03-26-2010 03:03 PM

All good comments as I know nothing about one but, I want to use it for doweling 2” boards. I really don’t need a multi-bore just a single drill would be fine. What I wanted was something accurate and dependable and plain. So, an old used machine would be great. you know I didn’t even think about EBAY. I live pretty close to the Grizzly showroom and I know they have one for $400 but didn’t know how “heavy” it is. I guess I’ll have to go see but I kinda had my heart set on an older industrial model if I could do so. Sam Maloof showed me one at his shop one day that looked like a dinosaur it looked like it came from the civil war, but quietly, solidly did its job. I wish now I had paid more attention to it.

-- Les, Missouri,

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#5 posted 03-26-2010 03:18 PM

Most horizontal boring machines are made for metal or for special applications (multiple holes). A good basic horizontal boring machine for working with wood is the ShopSmith. You don’t need a fancy new machine. Any basic Mark V will do and you can get them used pretty cheaply (check Craig’s List and e-bay).

A ShopSmith may take up more room in your shop than you want to give up. You can shorten it by cutting the tubes (not that hard to do). Some people make special jigs to hold the wood in place for horizontal boring. (I’ve not done that yet).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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