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Forum topic by Chefshep posted 01-23-2011 09:56 PM 13769 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chefshep

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01-23-2011 09:56 PM

I have an opportunity to purchase a Vintage Shop Smith 10 ER for $149. I’m wondering if this is a good move.

It appears to work ok.

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill


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#1 posted 01-24-2011 06:14 AM

I’d suggest you grab it. Is the right hand end piece there which holds the lathe tailstock? I can’t see in the image. But otherwise it looks like you’d have the table saw (not very valuable or safe), drill press (good), horizontal boring machine (very good) and a basic drum sander.

For the lathe you’d also need the tool rest. I see these parted out on ebay pretty commonly.

Kindly,

Lee

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#2 posted 01-24-2011 06:30 AM

The big pluses to look for are
1) Speed changer…. not there
2) Factory legs… not there
3) Casters….. not there
40 A big box of “extras”.... not there

I know that prices vary widely from region to region, but I’d be checking around to see if a better deal couldn’t be found. I agree I was lucky but I got my 10ER for $50 and it had all of the above. I’ve seen several better deals on ebay but it does depend on your area.

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#3 posted 01-24-2011 06:49 AM

Among all you fellow Shopsmith owners does anyone have a “10E”? This was the 1st SS made. What those names mean is: 10 Experimental & 10 Experimental Revised. I se lots of 10ERs here & on SSUG.org but no one ever mentions the old 10E. Just wondering.

Pop

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#4 posted 01-24-2011 06:54 AM

To answer the question about the 10ER. The machine in the photo dose’n look complete. (Shipwright’s comment is correct. You might want to look around for a used Mark V 500. The older ones go for as little as $100 to 500. Just an idea. NOTE: There are folks who are parting out 10ER machines. You can find them on the SSUG.org For Sale Forum.

Pop

-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

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#5 posted 01-24-2011 07:17 AM

For “Pop”, Just saw a 10E on Craigslist today:

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/tls/2176352799.html

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#6 posted 01-24-2011 05:31 PM

Son-Of-A-Gun! Thanks BrandonW. So there are a few of those old boys rattling around out there.

Pop

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#7 posted 01-24-2011 06:54 PM

It’s amazing that sixty year old machines are still out there hummin away. The 10 E & ER’s were built like a tank.

That said, I agree with Lee, with only 1/2HP and lack of safety equipment it will not be a very good saw. It was actually designed for use with 9” blades. My advice would be to look for a used Shopsmith 510. This model was introduced more than twenty years ago and with a little patience can usually be found at reasonable cost. The 510 will have more than twice the HP of the E or ER and will be equipped with upper and lower saw guards. It will also have an 18” x 22” table and a fence that locks both front and rear.

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#8 posted 02-03-2011 06:14 AM

Gentlemen…Thank you so much for your input. I have decided against this purchase. This site is awesome!

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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#9 posted 06-06-2011 04:09 AM

Just had to post, I’ve got a 10E in the garage right now. Still use it.

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#10 posted 06-06-2011 09:08 PM

I had a 10ER about 30 years ago. I bought it complete for $100, sold it for $100 and bought it back for $100, It was my first power tool and I was very pleased with it. I finally sold it for good ($100) when I bought all dedicated power tools. It is a good machine and if it is complete, I would pay $150 for it. Saw blades have an 1-1/8” dia. hole, but they are still available.

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#11 posted 03-07-2013 12:42 PM

I bought mine for $100 and had it delivered for free. It was great for a starting woodworker. I spent another $20 in paint and primer and put a new plug/cord on it. It is like new and has been great as a lathe, drill press, disk sander, drum sander. I used it for a while as a table saw for plywood and pine, but quickly grew out of it. I put a link belt on it and due to its weight, that thing is smooth with very little noise. I actually parted out the casters on eBay for ~$100. I would have bought it for $100 because you can make a significant profit by parting it out on eBay.

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