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Forum topic by Mark Smith posted 627 days ago 1066 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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627 days ago

If anybody is interested in a Shopsmith there is one for sale at the auction website listed below. As of the writing of this post nobody has bid on it and the starting price is $100. It comes with the Shopsmith Bandsaw and the Shopsmith Jointer. The company that does these auctions is just down the road from my shop and I’ve bought quite a few things from them. I have seen this Shopsmith. It is in good condition, but the motor does not run. Now that could be a very expensive repair or it could be something cheap, but there are people out there that rebuild Shopsmith heads and you can also get a brandnew powerhead directly from Shopsmith for $2,000.

Anyway this auction ends tomorrow morning and it’s a chance to get a Shopsmith for $100 if nobody else bids. I know there are pros and cons to the Shopsmith. I have one and I think it’s a great tool. It’s main benefit is if you don’t have a lot of space in your shop. Even now that I have a lot of space in my shop, I still have my Shopsmith in it, but it’s set up just to use as a lathe.

http://www.machinerymax.com/detail.asp?id=1910&n=ShopSmith-Mark-V-with-Accessories-RESERVE-MET

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com


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#1 posted 626 days ago

A little over two hours left in the auction and there are still zero bids. I’m almost tempted to buy it myself for $100 because you could sell the Bandsaw and the Jointer for more than that.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#2 posted 626 days ago

25 minutes to go and still no bids on this. Should I buy it?

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#3 posted 626 days ago

Okay, I put my $100 bid in but I’m not going any higher. So if nobody else jumps in I’ll be the proud owner of a $100 Shopsmith that I don’t really want and can’t really use, but $100 was too good of a deal. Hope I can get it working if I get it.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#4 posted 626 days ago

Well nobody else jumped in and bid so I’m the proud owner of a second Shopsmith. Hope I can sneak it past the wife. I just couldn’t let this go. I can sell the Bandsaw and Jointer for $250 and throw the rest of the machine away.. (hopefully?) Anyway I’ll clean it up and try and get running and see if I can’t sell it.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#5 posted 626 days ago

Congrats, Mark. I think your idea about selling off the bandsaw and jointer separately is a good one. If I was closer to CA, I probably would have submitted a bid as well. I could use the jointer and maybe the way tubes to replace the tubes on my Mark V.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#6 posted 626 days ago

I’ll sell them to you for $500 plus shipping!!! :)

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#7 posted 626 days ago

I did some Internet research and apparently there are some Youtube videos and instructions out there on how to rebuild the powerhead yourself. I haven’t watched them yet, but I think I’ll give it a try. There are a few ads out there in various places selling Shopsmith’s with the same accessories for the $1,000 range. I haven’t gone down and picked this unit up yet, but I have seen it and I know it’s a clean unit. It needs some elbow grease, but it’s a lot nicer looking than a lot of these I have seen out there for sale.

And my second option is I can buy the new $2,000 digital powerhead from Shopsmith and put it on my current Shopsmith, and then take the powerhead from my current unit and put it on this one and then try and sell it for $1000.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#8 posted 626 days ago

Mark—After you posted on your Shopsmith win, someone posted a Shopsmith on CL in the Lake Charles, LA area (about 75 minutes from me) for $120. It doesn’t have the bandsaw and jointer like yours does, but it does include the Shopsmith scroll saw and some extra table saw blades. I might call the owner to see if I could get this one just for the scroll saw. I already have the bandsaw.

Thanks for your offer to sell the bandsaw and jointer—I think I’ll hold off for now . . .

Good luck on rebuilding the headstock, or with your alternate plan of getting a new digital headstock and switching it out on your new acquisition. I doubt that you’d get $1,000 for it, but you’d be able to get some money back to put toward your digital headstock.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#9 posted 626 days ago

Yeah, I’m not thinking the $1000 will work, but we’ll see what happens. When you look at the machines that are out there in the $300 and below range they are generally covered with rust and have been sitting outside for the last 15 years. Also many of those machines are from the 50’s and 60’s. This Mark V looks identical to the one I already own and I bought mine in 1984.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#10 posted 626 days ago

And if I can get this thinging working without spending too much money on it, I just may go and try and find someplace around here that does woodworking training and donate it to them.

(Then I’ll claim a value of $2000 for my donation and make my money in the tax write-off) :)

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#11 posted 567 days ago

Just for info the Shopsmith has been spoken for. Trading it for some Koa.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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