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Forum topic by Chris P posted 12-29-2014 09:48 PM 996 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chris P

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12-29-2014 09:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shopsmith lathe drill press mark v

I’ve interested in getting a lathe and/or drill press for a little while now, I’m on a pretty strict budget and have been watching the craigslist adds for some good deals. I stumbled across a Shopsmith Mark V for $110 which would actually cover both of my needs (supposedly) for a drill press and lathe. I would really only use it for those two items considering i already have a table saw, band saw and planer. it does come with a jointer as well which i may use occasionally. I”m not a hard core turner nor do I need a drill press on a daily basis but my question is would this be worth it? I’m really more concerned on how well does a shopsmith perform as a lathe. I’m looking to just get started in turning so my needs are not that defined yet except for something inexpensive and that would be fairly reliable. any help would be great, thanks Jocks! you guys always have some great insight.

-- Chris, Long Island


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#1 posted 12-29-2014 10:11 PM

Chris—IMHO, the drill press and the lathe are two of the strong suits of the Shopsmith. I use mine mostly for the drill press, lathe and disk sander. If the machine runs, the price sounds really good too. The addition of a jointer makes it look pretty sweet. I don’t have the jointer add-on so I can’t comment on its usefulness. You might want to check out the Shopsmith Forum if you do end up with a Shopsmith—lots of very helpful members there.

-- 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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rantingrich

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#2 posted 12-29-2014 10:20 PM

CHRIS I owned and used a shop smith for many years. It is/was the best LATHE I ever had. Drill press and horizontal core 100%. I even liked the band saw attachment. As a table saw it could be a lot better.

The greatest thing about it as a lathe and a drill press one never had to open it up and change belt drive…. Just dial it in.

Yes if it run MAN $110 is more than a deal. If it comes with other attachments like band saw even better.

I will say I was never a TURNER till I got my shop smith. If you do get it. GET THE “LIVE TAIL/SPINDLE” if it doesn’t come with one from Shopsmith. I wish I had never gotten rid of mine.

Oh and yes gray dick sander.

I would snatch it up NOW

-- Rich

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#3 posted 12-29-2014 10:39 PM

I had a Shopsmith for several years. The drill press was nice, along with the disk sander. Table saw not so much. I didn’t think much of the lathe. You can turn on it, but after getting a real lathe it made the shopsmith lathe non impressive. $110 seems very low if it runs at all. Make sure it easily changes speeds. I didn’t have the jointer, so no info on that. Well worth it just for the drill press and sander.

-- Bill R

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Chris P

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#4 posted 12-29-2014 10:48 PM

thanks guys, i’m going to take a look at it tonight. the ad says it runs great so we’ll see if that’s true or not. i figure if anything I can get a decent drill press out of it. anything i should keep an eye out for when looking at it?

Rantingrich not sure what I would use a gray dick sander for but I’ll take your word for it haha.

-- Chris, Long Island

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#5 posted 12-29-2014 11:19 PM

I have a Shopsmith Mark 5 and used it a long time as a drill press and still use it as a lathe for small things. It is not a great lathe and not heavy duty but something that you could start with.

Make certain that you test it out before you buy it. It would be good to run the speed control through most of the range and make certain it is working smoothly. If it is not, then do not buy it. It is an expensive thing to fix the speed control. You should also check and see that the head slides on the rails and also that the table works up and down OK.

Good Luck

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#6 posted 12-30-2014 03:50 AM

At $110 with a jointer it s a good deal. If it is a 510 or even has a double bearing quill upgrade, even better. If it runs, I’d say buy it. The speed changer is easy and quite cheap to repair or replace as long as you stick to eBay and don’t order parts from the factory. ( sad but unfortunately true)
The lathe is reasonably good as is but becomes much better with the heavy universal tool rest system which really dampens vibration.
Bottom line, SS is well built machinery and you can repair anything. There is almost no such thing as one that can’t be restored.
Have a look at this blog to see what one will do for your shop.

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

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#7 posted 12-30-2014 01:21 PM

Whelp I pulled the trigger and got it for $100. It ran fine and the speed change seemed to function properly so I went for it. The power cord needs to be changed but that’s about it. It came with the jointer attachment and a hundred other pieces that I’m not sure what they do but I’ll figure that out eventually. Thanks for your help guys, wish me luck!

-- Chris, Long Island

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tom in indy

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#8 posted 12-30-2014 02:01 PM

Chris,

I have had my SS 510 with scroll saw, and jointer for 30+years. I have used the Scroll saw a bunch. The jointer a little bit.
I use it as a lathe and drill press all the time. The only thing I find it lacking in as a lathe is, there is no way to use a vacuum chuck with it.
If you decide that you don’t use the jointer you could probably sell it for as much or more than you spent for the package.
I think you will like it as a lathe.

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#9 posted 12-30-2014 02:05 PM

Chris, a $100 is a gloat. You suck!!!

-- Bill R

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#10 posted 12-30-2014 02:23 PM

If you use the lathe much, look for one of these. They add a lot of weight and stability and improve the lathe dramatically.

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

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#11 posted 12-30-2014 02:31 PM



thanks guys, i m going to take a look at it tonight. the ad says it runs great so we ll see if that s true or not. i figure if anything I can get a decent drill press out of it. anything i should keep an eye out for when looking at it? Rantingrich not sure what I would use a gray dick sander for but I ll take your word for it haha.

- Chris P

LOL! Sorry Meant a GREAT DISK SANDER! My god I ned to proof my stuff

-- Rich

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rantingrich

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#12 posted 12-30-2014 02:33 PM

Yes a SHOPSMITH for $100 you do suck. Lucky guy. Oh and by the way. I had my shop smith for many years and there is one part that seemed to wear out for me. The ON/OFF toggle switch. I went through 3. Might want to buy a back up one of those

-- Rich

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Chris P

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#13 posted 12-30-2014 02:51 PM



If you use the lathe much, look for one of these. They add a lot of weight and stability and improve the lathe dramatically.

Thanks Shipwright I’ll definitely take a look at this, since a lathe and drill press will be it’s main functions it will come in handy for sure.

- shipwright


-- Chris, Long Island

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shipwright

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#14 posted 12-30-2014 03:35 PM

Keep an eye on eBay. They are pretty expensive new.

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

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