buying shop smith what to look for

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Forum topic by doyoulikegumwood posted 05-06-2010 11:09 PM 946 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-06-2010 11:09 PM

ok so I’m buying a shop smith for 200 bucks from a neighbor.
i see this thing filling the role of the tools i seldom use and don’t want to lose space to, i have a feeling it will spend most of its time as a drill press, it will see some work as lathe . and a horizontal boring machine.

what all do i need to know or look for on this bad boy. i feel 200 bucks is a great deal

thanks jason

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#1 posted 05-06-2010 11:22 PM

Disconnect any accessory, then start the motor; turn the speed control up and down all the way, it should turn smoothly. Mine would turn towards “slow” kind of, then quite, stiffly, didn’t think much of it until it went “pop” and wouldn’t adjust. Found where a bearing had come out of its hole from the tension, pain in the butt to fix. My lathe has a piss-poor tool rest, very unstable; look to see how his is. Other than those two things, I really do like the machine, which was new around 1980 or so.

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