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Forum topic by Joseph Jossem posted 02-03-2015 09:26 PM 583 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joseph Jossem

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02-03-2015 09:26 PM

Are the shopsmith lathes any good? I sold my jet and need another lathe now. I can get one for fairly cheap but don’t want to waste $ if they are no good. Thanks for any info


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#1 posted 02-03-2015 10:50 PM

nobody?

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tom in indy

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#2 posted 02-03-2015 11:04 PM

I have a 30+ year old ShopSmith 510.
Use it all the time as lathe, Works Great. Just be mindful if you want to put a 4 jaw chuck on it you will have to buy a 1 in. x 8 tpi Shopsmith Spindle Adapter they have them at Penn State about $20.

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#3 posted 02-03-2015 11:20 PM

ok thanks looking at one for 500 with all the accessories

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#4 posted 02-04-2015 12:00 AM

A ShopSmith is a good lathe as it comes but is greatly improved by the universal tool mount available as an upgrade. It is cast iron and weighs a ton but it really smooths things down. In the photo below my tool rest is not mounted but you can see the heavy plate mounted on the way tubes. The rest mounts in the hole on the opposite side.

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#5 posted 02-04-2015 12:18 AM

thank you for the picture and info

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#6 posted 02-04-2015 03:15 AM

I am going to find out. A few weeks ago I picked up a Shopsmith at a very reasonable price. I have been told that it is a very good drill press and horizontal boring machine. And now I am beginning to believe that all these purist that says one machine can only do so much are wrong. There is a limit to the space I have in my shop. My shop is NOT a production shop. It is my shop 99.5% of the time I am the only one using any tool. So, a little setup time is not that critical.
I plan on using the lathe but not for awhile. Just have too many pressing projects.

-- I can see the cheese heads from here and it is great.

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