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Forum topic by Eddie posted 414 days ago 879 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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414 days ago

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 414 days ago

Nice score!

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#2 posted 414 days ago

Excellent additions

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#3 posted 414 days ago

nice setup.

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#4 posted 414 days ago

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 413 days ago

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 413 days ago

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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