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Forum topic by Jerryinaz posted 01-26-2015 08:50 PM 816 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2015 08:50 PM

I am helping my dad sell his Shop Smith and I have no idea what it is worth or even the model number so I can put an ad on our local craigslist. Any help would be appreciated, it is in perfect condition and it seems to have all the tools with it. I have enclosed them for your review, if you could give me a cost you think I should post it for as well as the functions it performs that would be great. I am not a wood worker as you can tell, so again I am very grateful and appreciate your help :) thanks jer

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#1 posted 01-26-2015 09:06 PM

Because of things like weight (shipping cost) and distribution of the machines, prices vary widely around the country. The best way to get an idea is to do some research on your local Craigslist.

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#2 posted 01-26-2015 09:08 PM

You may want to check the Shopsmith forum on the Shopsmith website. There is a post I beieve in “Community” that shows bargains/heads up that may give you some pricing ideas.

Demand / price depends on geographical location. Prices will vary.

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#3 posted 01-26-2015 09:29 PM

There’s an “X” in between the 2 pictures so I don’t know if there’s suppose to be a 3rd picture or not. From what I can see from the 2 pics, looks to be an older 500 model (maybe late 70’s). Should be a serial number on the headstock label so you can find out. Not that much of value in the 1st pic. Maybe 4-600 bucks retail for the 2 pics I see if it works.

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#4 posted 01-26-2015 09:52 PM

It’s only worth $5. I’ll give you $10 for it. :)

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#5 posted 01-26-2015 10:20 PM

I only see 2 pictures, so can’t tell if you have a lot of additional tooling or not. But what I see is the disc sander attachment, some lathe tools, and the table saw stuff.

Prices will vary a bit in different parts of the country. In Maryland this setup in a nice machine in good condition will run about 400 dollars. If you had the bandsaw and the jointer then you might get as much as 550 for it.

I can search craigslist and find several people selling worse setups for 1000 or 1200 dollars, but those also don’t tend to move. I can also find folks selling similar setups for 400 to 600 pretty commonly. Search your local craigslist and assume that anyone going to buy one of these won’t mind surface rust and then list yours accordingly.

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#6 posted 02-07-2015 04:00 PM

Thanks all for all your help! I appreciate it very much. Looks like from what I can find it should fetch around $450 or so. thanks again, jer

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#7 posted 02-07-2015 04:38 PM

like every body says depends w hat area your in I sold mine with a jointer and extra guide rails or whatever they were called in goo shape for 300.00 and it took awhile but I see them on craigslist from 200.00 to 1000.00 good luck

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#8 posted 02-07-2015 05:46 PM

What part of AZ are you in?

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#9 posted 02-07-2015 05:51 PM

We live in north phoenix.

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#10 posted 02-08-2015 01:06 AM

I see them here in West Texas for less than $500. A shop smith has limited value, in my experience. Professionals do not use that kind of equipment because of the set up time required to use a different function of the tool.

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