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Forum topic by GeorgeEJR posted 10-31-2013 04:43 PM 1639 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-31-2013 04:43 PM

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Earlier tonight I was cleaning out a barn I inherited and under a tarp I found an old Shop Smith. The serial number is 266259. Does anyone know when it was manufactured and what accessories came with it. I had to stop looking tonight do to darkness, can’t wait to get back at it tomorrow.

Thanks, George

-- GeorgeEJR

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#1 posted 10-31-2013 05:14 PM

The serial number indicates it was made in 1954 according to Shopsmith. 1954 was the beginning of Shopsmith. This is older than the one I have. Mine is a 1963 model. Not sure what accessories would have come with it. Good find !! Hopefully you can get it up and running.

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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#2 posted 10-31-2013 05:35 PM

According to Shopsmith – Mid 1954

FYI, you can still get OEM parts for that from Shopsmith, mine is a 1955.

All Mark V models came from Shopsmith with the ability to function as the following
Table Saw
Horizontal Boring Machine
12” disc Sander
Drill Press.

Whether yours has all of the parts for it to function in all of these capacities or not remains to be seen, there are lots of little bits and pieces. Look for some boxes with lots of small parts that fit on a 5/8” arbor.

Additional Special Purpose Tool (SPTs) powered by the hedstock are still available from Shopsmith as well as decent used ones on eBay and CL.
4” Jointer (These are very nice Jointers, I use mine often)
Jigsaw (fore runner to the scroll saw, no longer made but available on CL and eBay)
11” Band saw with 6” resaw capacity
Belt Sander
Strip Sander
Scroll Saw

There is also a “Pro Planer” that has its own motor and power feeder.

Don’t dismiss the capabilities of the Shopsmith because it’s “old” or a multi function tool. They are well designed machines with a lot of capability in a small foot print.

If you want to know more about the Shopsmith and its capabilities check out the Shopsmith forum Tons of friendly knowledgeable people there that can help with anything Shopsmith.

-- - Terry

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#3 posted 10-31-2013 06:49 PM

I have a winter place where I have a shop set up entirely based on a Shopsmith (1990 )
You can check out how well a small shop can function that way in this blog.
I am a big fan of these tools and hope you will restore and use it.
If you haven’t been around one before there is one thing you need to know right now.

Don’t try to turn the speed control on the front of the headstock without the motor running or at least the shaft being rotated by hand. Parts can be damaged easily.

Good luck and have fun.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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