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Forum topic by Remedyman posted 06-16-2012 05:06 AM 2448 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Remedyman

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06-16-2012 05:06 AM

Ok, I need the help of you experts. I have located a Shopsmith Mark 2 (bet you couldn’t have guessed that) for pretty low cost. I am mostly interested in it for the lathe and drill press functions. And especially the lathe. I am slightly hesitant to pull the trigger on it. I have read that it was the lower end model but I figure if it works, who can complain about a few 10 dollar bills for a functional tool.

Please give me a clue what you think. Good, bad, or otherwise. Should I pull the trigger?

I figure even if it is a half a$$ed lathe, it will get me turning until I have the cash for a decent one.

-- As long as our customers are happy, we have done a good job. Even if we are our own customer.


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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#1 posted 06-16-2012 05:14 AM

This might give you a little insight…

http://www.shopsmith.com/ownersite/faq/mark2.htm

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Remedyman

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#2 posted 06-16-2012 05:30 AM

Greg, I read that, but that really doesn’t help me decide. I mean we aren’t talking big money here. An expensive dinner really. Just worried I will get it home and it will just be a HUGE waste of space.

-- As long as our customers are happy, we have done a good job. Even if we are our own customer.

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tuffruss

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#3 posted 06-16-2012 06:17 AM

It’s a very light duty machine But will do a good job as lathe or drill press. If you could get an old 10 er then you would lhave a really heavy well built machine. I have owned both as well as a mark V and I prefer the 10 er because of the heavy cast iron construction.

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David Kirtley

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#4 posted 06-16-2012 12:10 PM

It’s a tough call. Some people love the all in one aspect. Compact, multiple functions. There are a lot of compromises in the design to accommodate that flexibility. More setup between operations.

If it were new, I would say to really think hard about it. They are not cheap tools. Used for a good price, if you don’t like it, you can always turn around and get most of what you paid pretty easily. Possibly even a little profit if the price is good enough.

Overall, if you have the money, are interested in testing it out, sure- go for it. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if you don’t like it.

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Remedyman

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#5 posted 07-10-2012 03:51 AM

Ok, I pulled the trigger on it. It was only 50 bucks. How could I say no to that? There are some issues with it, BUT, it is a pretty decent drill press. Well better than the drill press I had before I got it. That would be none. And the lathe seems ok, but it doesn’t have a tool rest. I am looking into resolving that issue.

I wasn’t sure I would like the setup of each station, but since I don’t care about the table saw (I already have one) I only need to the two stations and it works GREAT for that. I am sure one day I will upgrade, but until my skills (and my pocketbook) allow me to, this will just have to work.

-- As long as our customers are happy, we have done a good job. Even if we are our own customer.

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