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Forum topic by truenorth posted 12-09-2013 03:14 PM 962 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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truenorth

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12-09-2013 03:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shopsmith lathe drill press advice

I’m super new to this group…hopefully this is being posted in the right place? Anyway an interesting opportunity has arrised where a local (retired guy) is selling 2 shopsmiths one is a greenie? 1950’s I beleive and a modern grey one from 1989. Both are apparently in good working order.
Ive done as much reserch as I could. And it seems these might be an interesting addition to my small shop! As of right now I’m thinking of setting one up as a permanent drill press and the other layed horizontal for a lathe and of course they transform into a bunch of other tools!
Any shopsmithers out there wanna offer some advice as to specific things to look for tomorrow morning?

-- Canada - True North Strong and Free


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 12-09-2013 03:27 PM

Run them both through all speeds, Move the tables up and down insure that they lock in position. Insure that the motor slides easily on the way tubes and locks down securely. Check the smoothness of the quills. Ask him if either has the double bearing quill.
Get all the 5/8 arbors he has. What lathe tools come with it? You’ll need the tail piece and all the centers. A live tail piece center is a plus.
Any accessories…band saw, sanding discs, saw blades, planer, jointer….etc?
Also, you might want to join us over HERE. Some really sharp Shopsmithers over there.
I made a drill pres table for my “Shorty”. You might consider that.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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shipwright

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#2 posted 12-09-2013 03:52 PM

Sounds like you’ve found a good opportunity. ShopSmiths are far less common and generally more expensive in Canada. I will second what Gene has said. Do join the SS forum and you will have all the SS help you could ever ask for. It likely doesn’t need to be said since you are going to be buying from an owner but the golden rule for checking out a SS is don’t turn the speed control dial unless the motor is running (or being turned by hand)
Have you seen this blog
You can do a lot with these machines. Good luck with the negotiations.

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

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truenorth

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#3 posted 12-09-2013 10:28 PM

Thanks so much guys! To be honest shipwrights shopmade thickness sander really woke me to what a platform like the SS is capable of! I actually try to post this friday night as Saturday was the day I went and bought both!!
I did turn on the grey one and went through the speeds.then I got so busy going through his shop with his wife (husband has parkinsons and is now wheel chair bound…very sad!) To find all the little attachments and accessories.It was all there! The only additional tool to come with was the 4” jointer.
Acouple quick goofs/ embarrassing moments: I wrote a list of items to make I got with it….coupler, fench, disc…etc got so caught up in the hunt I forgot to try the green one (its still in my van right now….so I’ll let you know my findings soon).
Also we spent like 30 minutes looking for the drill chucks for both machines….and couldn’t then I was like ah well of to ebay I will go. The later I was looking at my facebook…where I had posted a picture the two machines in my van….upon closer inspection both chucks where on the headstock!! Man how embarrassing! I’m usually alot smarter than that :)
I will have to post some pictures once I have them set up!

Thanks again!

-- Canada - True North Strong and Free

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truenorth

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#4 posted 12-09-2013 11:01 PM

I gave them full asking price! (Really nice couple) at $275 which is likely a good price. We will see what condition everything was in when I unbox everything and set it all up over then next week.

-- Canada - True North Strong and Free

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#5 posted 12-09-2013 11:29 PM

welcome to the world of Shopsmith. please look us up on the SS Forum. Lots of good people and SS Specific info there.

Since you’re new to SS please read the first 2 threads in the maintenance and repair section
New Owner Information and
Everything Mark 5 / V - Technical info, documentation, links

-- - Terry

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#6 posted 12-09-2013 11:52 PM

Good catch on those two Shopsmiths. I have a modern one (c. 1980) and I use mine a bunch, most often as a drill press or lathe. I have the table saw component covered in a stand-alone saw. Good luck with learning them well, and post your completed projects here to demonstrate the versatility of the Shopsmith (that sounded like a commercial, I know). Make something nice for the previous owner—I’m sure he’d appreciate it.

-- 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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#7 posted 12-09-2013 11:56 PM

Enjoy!

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shipwright

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#8 posted 12-10-2013 12:00 AM

You got a great deal. The funny thing about ShopSmiths in Canada is that because they aren’t nearly as common as in the US they are often priced ridiculously high. ..... but the sword cuts the other way as well. Because they aren’t as common they often aren’t very hot sellers and sometimes the prices are ridiculously low. You got the latter, good for you.
I picked up a running 10ER in Duncan for $50. It came with a whole pile of very interesting extras. Great machine.

I’m looking forward to the pictures.

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

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truenorth

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#9 posted 12-10-2013 12:31 AM

I just joined the shopsmith forum…you will find me as “true” supposed to be “truenorth” baaahhh hopefully I can change that!

-- Canada - True North Strong and Free

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