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Forum topic by Dan posted 12-05-2011 10:12 PM 5441 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-05-2011 10:12 PM

I got an interesting post card in the mail from ShopSmith this past weekend. It was an advertisement for their new PowerPro headstock. What I found interesting was they were also advertising a live demonstration of the Mark 7 w PowerPro headstock at a local Lowe’s home center.

This morning I went on Lowe’s website and found that they are now selling some ShopSmith products. So it appears ShopSmith has teamed up with Lowe’s which I think is great for ShopSmith. I am sure this will probably be good news for ShopSmith owners as well.

Just thought I would pass this on. Maybe someone has more info on their partnership?

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 12-05-2011 10:23 PM

Wanna buy some inexpensive Shopsmith stuff? Is that an answer?


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#2 posted 12-05-2011 10:27 PM

I guess… I don’t know much about it. Maybe we will see more ShopSmith stuff available at Lowe’s. Its at least getting their name back out there.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#3 posted 12-08-2011 06:19 PM

Shopsmith has been doing live demo Shopsmith has been doing live demo at Lowes since 2001. Besides the live demos that are conducted by Shopsmith personnel many Lowes are now stocking the new line of Shopsmith abrasives . They’ve been getting very good reviews since Shopsmith unveiled them in the Summer of 2011.

-- and

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#4 posted 12-08-2011 06:25 PM

I’m fascinated by Shopsmith. I’ve almost bought one a few times.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 12-08-2011 10:34 PM

If you had the room and money I think Shopsmiths would be handy to have around. I have always felt that they could be rigged up to do some special jobs with just a little creative machine work.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 12-08-2011 11:01 PM

^lol, I think three shoulder planes qualifies as a bit over beginner!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 12-08-2011 11:12 PM

My dad has a Shopsmith and hes had it since before I was born. I know hes used the heck out of that thing. I really like the design and the abilities it has and like helluvawreck said it could be rigged up to do so many things.

I think they would sell a lot more if they got their name and product out more. The fact that they now have some stuff at lowels is nice but it would be better if they got a contract with one of these stores to actually sell their machines and accessories.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#8 posted 12-08-2011 11:56 PM

Bertha, if you bought a set of tools like that and worried about trying to learn how to use them before you ran out and spent a whole bunch of money on the stationary power tools and all of the portable power tools you’d be a whole lot better off than if you’d done otherwise. You can always add the other later. You can start out with some of this stuff and add to it gradually as your skills grew. Then add some portable power tools and finally some stationary power tools.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 12-09-2011 01:08 AM

I can see it now(used to work for Lowes so I know how they operate)...”special attention is needed in tools”,
Then Homer from Home and Garden or Jerica from Paint showes up.

Point is, it would be a good idea for them to sell them but they never have enough qualified help.

-- Life is good.

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#10 posted 12-09-2011 07:15 PM

The Shopsmith was a great machine. It’s only weakness was as a circular saw, you had to tilt the table to make a bevel cut.

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#11 posted 12-09-2011 07:45 PM

Aside from having ridiculously poor resale value, Shopsmith combo
machines are pretty cool. I had one for awhile and it was really
well made and capable of accurate work, though fiddly to switch

I kind of thought Shopsmith was having serious business problems -
are they not?

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#12 posted 12-10-2011 03:51 AM

I think I’ve seen this thread before…............ maybe not….

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#13 posted 12-26-2011 07:18 PM

While the circular saw is kinda weak, I like the tilting table. Once dialed in the 45 degree tilt is as easy as loosen, tilt, tighten. I always check it before I cut but 99% of the time it is on the money. Really the weakness is the size of the table and the fence. The fence just takes a little more time to set up. I just use the extend part of a caliper on the front and rear of the blade and lock it down. Dead on accuracy.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#14 posted 12-27-2011 02:59 AM

I have one now and it serves its purpose. My dad and grand-dad both had them so its what I learned on. They do have a few downfalls, but nothing that is catastrophic. The newer 520 model tables are a bit larger and have a much better fence system. I dont think they have changed that with these new “power pro” models. You are exactly right about resale….i ended up with both dad’s and grand-dads machines and had to let them go ( long story) barely brought 10% of what they cost new. Ebay is a good resource for parts and pieces but they are getting near new prices on there too. I am always on the lookout for Shopsmith stuff any where I can find it.

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#15 posted 12-27-2011 03:45 AM

I remember back in the early 80’s , they used to have infomercials for those units…I always wanted one , bur had no where to keep it at the time…Along came Norm with all of his goodies , and The SS dreams drifted away : (

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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