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Forum topic by sandhill posted 04-15-2011 01:33 AM 2589 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2011 01:33 AM

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I thought this may be a good deal for someone. SHOP SMITH ALL IN ONE - $350

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#1 posted 04-15-2011 02:38 AM

it’s an ok deal. That green rear belt cover tells me that this is a “Greene”. That’s an older Shopsmith with only a 3/4 hp. motor. It’s underpowered. Lots of rust. The jig saw is a great machine and the older bandsaw has the cast iron table. The newer aluminum table warps. The castors (wheels) are a $100 plus. If you’re unfamiliar with the machine, the basic machine is a table saw, 12 in. disk sander, a lathe, vertical and horizontal drill press. The band saw is a 10 inch saw.

Having owned and been involved with These machines for over 60 years I can tell you the most common thing to break is the speed control. The crank operates a reeves-drive. Turning this control with the machine not running is a sure fire way to rip the inner works of the speed control system to bits.

Fear not. It can be repaired.


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#2 posted 04-15-2011 03:02 PM

I wouldn’t recommend these to anyone doing anything professional. They are great for a handy man or someone who rarely works in the shop. I got rid of mine to replace it with seperate tools. The accuracy and setup time are lacking. This is only my opinion, but I do this stuff for a living. I would much rather have multiple tools with a setup on each, so I can bounce back and forth, as oppesed to breaking down the setup and trying to recover after I done another operation.

They do have a place and purpose I must say. Just not for someone in the professional field.

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#3 posted 04-15-2011 03:42 PM

I’ve had a shopsmith for thirty some years. It was great while I was in the Navy. Mine actually made four trips accross country. I’ve built a lot of stuff with it.
I would consider the 3/4HP “Greenie” only to be under powered in the table saw mode. for most other uses it has sufficient power. I recently bought a “mini” version. of a Greenie (1956 vintage) to power the SS 11” band saw, and 6” belt sander.
I think if anyone has mechanical abilities, this is a good deal considering you get a band saw, Jointer, and Jigsaw.
The rust is pretty easy to clean. Parts are readily available. There’s a lot of this vintage in use.
If anyone is interested the Shopsmith site is a great resource:

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#4 posted 04-15-2011 05:04 PM

Florida Jim, The 3/4 hp. motor can be a problem in the lathe mode. I missed the jointer in the original post. The 4 inch Shopsmith jointer has it’s problems. The bed is way too short. It’s only a 4 inch plane and that’s a very small plane for a lot of uses. The fence is mounted at the feed end and if feather boards are used it will move vertically at the out-put end. This can be a real problem. The rust I would worry about is on the way tubes and support tubes. Rust takes away metal and this weakens the tubes. It also pits the way tubes making it hard to move the headstock.

I made a disk/ belt sander out of a SS clone. This clone is a Taiwan made machine. It was made for use in Taiwan not to be exported. It’s guts are better made than Shopsmith’s. I’ve also owned and worked on TotalShops. It’s guts are made out of pot metal.

Another very good sorce for parts for is

Here’s my disk / belt sander. I run 5 disk with different grades of sandpaper. The hanging cabinet holds the extra disk and other supplies. The disk sander table tilts and has a fence. (Hanging on the back of the cabinet)


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#5 posted 04-15-2011 05:26 PM

I have all the tools I can fit in my shop now I posted the link in case someone was in the market for one of these. I see a number of people have shop smith and love it so with a little work and new parts it may be a good fit but not for me. Remember its OBO.

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