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Forum topic by Eddie posted 07-11-2013 09:35 PM 2137 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-11-2013 09:35 PM

Hi guys,

I have only been making sawdust for the last 9 months or so and have been attempting to grow my tool collection.
With a very limited tool budget (my wife stays home with our daughter + our son is due THIS saturday) I have managed to piece together a decent shop full of used power tools and vintage hand tools from Craigslist – and two wonderful hand planes from two kind forum members)

There were however, some gaps.
Now I have a fairly small shop (basically a skinny rectangle) and could not hope to fit all the floor standing equipment I would love to fill it with.

This is where the Shopsmith steps in.

After months of searching I took a beautiful road trip two hours north to pick one up from a craigslist seller.
Also, I confirmed that an entire shopsmith with attachments can fit into a Prius!

The shopsmith will serve as the following tools (i plan to continue to use my benchtop table saw):

Work table (this is the 510 model with floating tables)
Sanding station (both disc & drum sanders)
Horizontal borer
Drill Press
Overhead Router
(besides a free hand router, I had none of these power tools before this shopsmith!)

The package also came with a collection of accessories + additions that dont come standard:

Forstner Bit Set
Router Bits by shopsmith
Stile & Rail shaper set
Dado Stack by shopsmith
Roll out tool box built into the shopsmith
Cool blocks and multiple blades for Bandsaw

Here is the gloat: I PAYED $400!

Here are the pictures of her reassembled and home in my shop! When wheeled against the wall this takes up hardly any room, especially when you consider it is essentially 8 or 9 power tools!!!
And I still have room to build myself a real woodworking bench!...some day

Here is the tool box on roller guides

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#1 posted 07-11-2013 09:51 PM

Nice score!

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#2 posted 07-11-2013 10:01 PM

Excellent additions

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#3 posted 07-11-2013 10:03 PM

nice setup.

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#4 posted 07-12-2013 03:08 AM

You got a great deal. Now go to and review all the videos. It will tell you everything you need to know about the ShopSmith and maintenance required. I’m not too big a fan – I only own two. But if you maintain it properly, it will do everything you want and last for another 50 years.

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#5 posted 07-12-2013 10:58 AM

Some dislike the fact that one must take time to set up each separate function of the shopsmith. Having no shop tools is far less functional, and you just assembled a complete shop for $400. And it fits into your space.

Since you picked it up in your Prius, you probably spent very little on gas to pick it up!

Major score.

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#6 posted 07-12-2013 11:28 AM

Nice. I see them occasionally at auctions but usually with just one tool head and rusty. Finding all that from one source, and somebody who took care of it – great! I have read that they did everything but not any of it particularly well. I also see people praise them and price them like they’re made of gold. For a tiny shop it looks ideal. Enjoy!!

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