|Forum topic by FordTrax||posted 06-06-2012 11:12 AM||2249 views||1 time favorited||5 replies|
06-06-2012 11:12 AM
I am in the process of getting a 1959 Shopsmith 500 with the 3/4 motor and small table. I have a smaller shop but I do have a nice tablesaw, B/S, lathe, router table etc. I have a old craftsman drill press that is okay.
I want the Shopsmith for the drill press – I believe the 500s table is bigger than my old drill presses plus I can angle it which I cannot do with my old craftsman with its 10×10” table. I heard that that the shopsmith makes for a great drill press. Am I correct on these facts?
Also, I get the possibility to horizontal bore if I want to which I don’t have the capapbilty to do now. I wonder how that would work for drilling pen blanks.
Finally, I also get a 12” disc sander. Which can replace my tiny disc belt sander. Even the small 500 table may be bigger than most disc sander tables and should work great for squaring up pen blanks. And other sanding tasks.
So I figure for 275 bucks I get a somewhat used but running 500 – which gives me a better drill press, 12” sander, and if I ever need it horizontal boring. I doubt I will ever use the router/shaper or table saw functions. Am I on the right track here?
Also, I read a post here – about someone cuts the tubes down to make the machine smaller than 6’. Would this be a good option for me – using only the drill press, sander, and maybe possibly horizontal boring (don’t know maybe on a pen blanks)? How is this best accomplished? Can someone shoot me a picture or two?