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Forum topic by nate22 posted 03-30-2012 07:10 PM 1557 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2012 07:10 PM

I just got a shop smith from somebody and I just wondered if any of you ever had one or do have one and how do you like it. I am talking about the one where it has a drill press, tablesaw, jointer, lathe, sander all in one. I haven’t used mine yet but I plan to. So if you have one how do you like it.

-- Gracie's wooden signs. Middlebury, In.

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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 03-30-2012 07:30 PM

What model, Nate?

I have a 10ER

I offed the jigsaw and jointer. I use it mostly for horizontal boring, as well as occasional lathe work. It is great for cutting round tenons.

Newer ones are considerably better, though made of aluminum instead of cast iron.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#2 posted 03-30-2012 07:34 PM

Lee I am not sure what model number right now. I will have to look and get back with you. I know it is a older one though.

-- Gracie's wooden signs. Middlebury, In.

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Bill White

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#3 posted 03-30-2012 07:50 PM

I use the band saw and jointer on a power stand. That’s my extent.
The BS has not changed design other than the front cover in over 50 years (old Magna design). Jointer is rock solid for what it is. Short table lengths, etc. Table saw sucks. Lathe config is pretty good ‘cause it has the variable speed capability.
It was built for “every man” who has limited space, and is willing to reconfigure the machine for each function.
That being said, I’ll keep the BS, sell the jointer ‘cause I use good rip blades, and keep on goin’ on.


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#4 posted 03-30-2012 07:54 PM

I had one for awhile. It was really nice as a precision
boring machine and as a drill press it is very accurate
if a little fussy to adjust.

They are indeed well made.

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#5 posted 03-30-2012 08:02 PM

I’ve owned and used one since 1976. I love mine. A lot of quirks about using it as a table saw. I’ve almost figured them all out. I don’t like lathe work, so I’m no help there. But, I’m told it’s a dandy lathe. The drill press function is great, solid and accurate. With the large tilting table, you can do a lot of jobs most other dps cannot. The horizontal boring capabilities and the disk sanding functions are wonderful. I only have the band saw as an accessory and its adequate for my use. There are are many tools that can be fashioned to run off the accessory shaft. Shipwright posted here about a drum sander he made for the Shopsmith. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing it in use. It’s quite slick. Cheap, easy to build and, exceptionally accurate. With fantastic dust control, too. Another fellow made a belt grinder/small disk sander that’s also pretty neat. You can see it here. GRINDER
Have fun and don’‘t hesitate if you have any questions. There are a few of us here on LJs and we’d be happy to help if you need it. You might want to check out the Shopsmith Forum, too.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 03-30-2012 08:08 PM

We were on the same page Gene. I was looking up Shipwright you were posting. Nate, shipwright would be a good person to ask. He has created many fabulous projects out of his and he doesn’t seem to find it too limiting. If I could have found one in my area, I probably would have went that route in the beginning.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#7 posted 03-30-2012 08:11 PM

I bought in the early 80’s and still have mine and use it almost everyday now. It is a good tool, though it doesn’t do any specific operation Great. My Unisaw sits gathering dust as I don’t have enough juice coming into this place to drive it and I would much rather use it as a table saw. Dedicated tools are better for their specific operation, but if you don’t have a lot of room and want a variety of tools the shopsmith is a good choice.There are things I like and hate about the shopsmith. Changing table/setup heights for depth of cut changes is probably the worst. I give it a good B- though.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#8 posted 03-30-2012 09:29 PM

All of my bowls were turned on a ShopSmith 10er.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#9 posted 03-31-2012 02:16 AM

Thanks for the kind words David and Gene. Check out my small shop blog here Nate. It pretty much sums up how I feel about ShopSmith.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 03-31-2012 02:30 AM

Nate, I’ve had my ‘58 vintage 10ER for longer than I remember and it has (and does) serve me quite well. Since then, I have acquired a table saw and band saw, so the old smith is relegated to drill press, turning, disc sander and sometimes joining with the 4” jointer. It still gets regular use and I wouldn’t dream of parting with it.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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