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clrcopy

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09-03-2012 12:57 AM

Hey all,

Been woodworking for about 15 years. Took a break (due to a divorce and lost tools) Anyhow, back on it and rebuilding my collection of tools.

I found a guy selling an older shopsmith, he states it’s a table saw, drill press and lathe. I need to 2 latter items badly, I already have a ridgid table saw, not that a 2nd wouldn’t come in handy now and then.

I have no idea how to tell what model this is, how old it is, more importantly how to convert it to check it out. He has it set up as a table saw and that’s all he has used it as. He only wants $50, so my thoughts are even if I get stuck with it as a table saw only I’m not out much, but well, not my preferred way :) Anyhow, anyone know how I might tell, or a way I can post a photo here for someone who knows?
THanks in advance, and hope I stayed within rules here. I’ve stalked quite a bit here, but never participated, that’s going to change starting now :)

Thanks again!

-- Doug Rowan, am I working the wood or is the wood working me!


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#1 posted 09-03-2012 01:02 AM

Buy it and they are great tools for what you are seeking to use it for

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 09-03-2012 01:03 AM

Welcome to the gang … definatley toss up a pic, i know theres some shopsmith guys around here. OWWM.com is also a great resouce on vintage machinery.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#3 posted 09-03-2012 01:09 AM

If it runs take it. Eat the dollar menu at McDonalds for a month and you got it paid for!

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Loren

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#4 posted 09-03-2012 01:18 AM

It is not so useful as a table saw unless you just want to
use it for that. Every function a Shopsmith does it does
with precision within its capacity. They are very good
drill presses though lacking a rack and pinion table height
adjustment makes for some shoving and grunting when
the bed is tipped up for drilling. The horizontal drilling
feature is most useful, particularly if you want to drill
holes into end grain parts for doweled frames.

As a lathe they are very acceptable considering capacity.

For cutting tenons and other small work the table saw
is precise but it is not suited for squaring larger
panels like cabinet sides.

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clrcopy

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#5 posted 09-03-2012 01:24 AM

Great info guys, thank you very much. I guess my main concern is how will I know all the parts are there. I agree it’s worth the $50 regardless. Thanks again!!

-- Doug Rowan, am I working the wood or is the wood working me!

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Deycart

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#6 posted 09-03-2012 01:51 AM

Well if it is gold or green it is old. Don’t know much more than that.

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clrcopy

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#7 posted 09-03-2012 02:00 AM

It looks to be a dark green. Not a great photo. Here is a link to the photo, maybe someone knows it.

Thanks

http://s589.photobucket.com/albums/ss335/dougrowan/?action=view&current=untitled.jpg

-- Doug Rowan, am I working the wood or is the wood working me!

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rance

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#8 posted 09-03-2012 02:11 AM

Well, the website is green. LOL. I don’t own one, but I’ve seen lots of pic of them. And that don’t look like one I’d want. Just my 2c worth. I think when folks refer to a SS, they are talking about something a little more substantial.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Handtooler

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#9 posted 09-03-2012 02:13 AM

That is the original version. I own the MK,. before the 510 and later 520. I bought mine in 1976. and still use it for lathe, drill press, sander, and horizonal boring machine. That is a keeper just for the history and antique value.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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clrcopy

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#10 posted 09-03-2012 02:21 AM

He replied saying it’s a model 10er. Does that make sense? So Handtooler, you say keep it for history value, do you think the drill press and lathe would be worth trying to use? Basically I need to do some forstner bit drilling now and then, hand drilling those just doesn’t work for me :) Lathe, I’m open, be nice, haven’t done much, but I can see the need to do some smaller chair legs or smaller items. table saw would be back up, maybe smaller setups that I can do repetition work on

-- Doug Rowan, am I working the wood or is the wood working me!

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shipwright

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#11 posted 09-03-2012 03:17 AM

I have two things for you, good news and bad news.

Good news: I own a 10 ER and was able to do almost all the critical operations to build one of my best projects with it.

Bad news: The one you are looking at is what the ShopSmith boys call a “shorty”. It has been shortened by cutting the way tubes down. Compare the photo to mine in the link above.
This will detrimentally affect it’s operation as a lathe and as a drill press. Too bad because a regular 10 ER is excellent in both those modes.

Bottom line: If you want a drill press and a lathe, a cheap 10ER (they stopped making them in 1953) will be a great asset…. but not this one.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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clrcopy

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#12 posted 09-03-2012 03:43 AM

Shipwright thank you so much. You are my new best friend Lol. I looked at tons of photos and I noticed this looked modified. I just wasn’t sure if it was on a different stand or something else. I really really appreciate it. Wish I would have figured out how to post the photo first I’m sure others would have noticed. Saved me $50 hmm finders fee? Lol. Do appreciate it. Well guess its back to plan a. New bench drill press. Thanks again

-- Doug Rowan, am I working the wood or is the wood working me!

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rance

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#13 posted 09-03-2012 06:23 AM

Given your new situation, I can strongly recommend the Delta DP350 bench model. Mine has worked well for me for several years. Once you use a CVS model, you’ll never want to go back to changing belts on pulleys.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 09-03-2012 02:14 PM

I’d walk away from that deal. That is one of the very old models and it doesn’t look particularly well cared for. You can probably find a model 510 or 520 for not a lot more money to use as a DP and lathe.

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