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Forum topic by Bill7255 posted 03-23-2015 12:15 AM 697 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bill7255

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03-23-2015 12:15 AM

I have had a Shopsmith in storage for 8 years and need to get it out. I quit using it back then and since have bought a SawStop, jet bandsaw, drill press, PM 90 lathe just to name a few. So the only thing I know I can use it for that I don’t have is the disk sander. I am almost thinking of shortening it for that purpose only. Are the other ways to utilize this? I just don’t like selling some tools.

-- Bill R


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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 03-23-2015 12:27 AM

Horizontal mortiser? Not sure, how about selling it and getting a dedicated machine if you are not using it

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bonesbr549

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#2 posted 03-23-2015 01:40 AM

I had one, and got rid of it for 200 bucks. I wish I’d held on to it for the sanding disk!

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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Bill7255

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#3 posted 03-23-2015 11:17 AM



Horizontal mortiser? Not sure, how about selling it and getting a dedicated machine if you are not using it

- Kaleb the Swede


I had one, and got rid of it for 200 bucks. I wish I d held on to it for the sanding disk!

- bonesbr549

Thanks
Hadn’t thought about a mortiser, I do want to keep the sanding disk.

-- Bill R

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EEngineer

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#4 posted 03-23-2015 11:50 AM

How about dedicating it as a drill press? Variable speed, very stable with 2 tubes and > 1 HP – this sound like a very capable drill press.

Here is a description on LJ’s about shopsmith as drill press.

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Don Butler

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#5 posted 03-23-2015 12:14 PM

Although my shop is full of other tools, I still have my 30 year old ShopSmith and I use it almost every time I work out there.
Most of the time it is set up with these features: 6×48 sanding belt, 12” sanding disk and 2” sanding drum. (By the way, a sanding belt is the best pencil sharpener ever).
But frequently I use the SS as a lathe, and often as a drill press, either horizontally or. less frequently, vertically. It has the best speed control of any woodworking drill press I’ve ever used.
The SS can be used in many other modes, but those are the ones I use most, despite the fact of owning quite a few other power tools.
I wouldn’t like to do without my SS!

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 03-23-2015 12:46 PM

Agree with Don, 100%.
I have one that I set up as a dedicated TS and RT.
And another for the operations Don mentions, plus B/S and dado machine.
BTW, I’ve tried the mortise set up. The table is too flexible for good results.

-- 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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#7 posted 03-23-2015 01:39 PM

I would love to have one to use as a drill press. I’ve been looking on Craigslist for a deal on one but haven’t found it yet. I know it would take up some space but I would live with it.
Gerald

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