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Does anyone own or has anyone used the Shop Smith Mark V?  Looks like an interestingly diverse and compact machine to have...

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Jeffrey it;s not that i didn,t like it I just folt like it wasted time. I do miss the lathe it is the best lucky for me i just passed it to my nephew so i can still use it.

Alan said:
Very cool

Jeffrey Thomas Woods said:
I have a Model 510 upgraded to 520. Like all my other larger tools (jointer, planer, router station, etc.), my SS is on casters and moves around as needed. This is my major sawing, drilling, and dado(ing) tool. I woud not part with it. It is more accurate than most machines. Set up looks tedious--until you do it. Then you find out most changeovers take five minutes or less. The initial investment might seem on the high end. However, it is made in America. You have no problem getting parts if needed. There is a tremendous forum where you can discuss any problem and get unbiased and timely assistance. I have made an entire bedroom suite (kingsize headboard, dresser, and end tables) blanket chest, bookcases, stools, sofa tables, you name it with my SS and with my Kreg jig. Most people think I have an elaborate shop. I answer, no, just my SS and supporting equipment.
I'm watching one on ebay. the start bid was $300, so it will be interesting to see what the consumer value in my area is for these. At least for those actively looking for one.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250595280473...
I bought a 500 used for $500.00, converted it to a 520 pro, added a jointer, planer,and some other assys. I haved used it for about 5 years now alone but recently received a Hitachi table saw. I will keep and use the SS. Like someone commented on earlier when you are used to the conversioning it only takes seconds and the fact that it rolls away is handy. I'll will let my survior deal with it when I pass on.
I got a great deal on one 25 years ago. Actually it came with C-clamps,bar clamps, the scroll saw, and a cherry 73 Chevy Caprice all for $1500. Just being at the right place at the right time. I no longer have the Chevy but I would never part with the shopsmith. I don't use it all that often but I mainly use the jointer and drill press on it. The table saw scares me just because the table is so small. If you get one you will be glad you did.
I have a shopsmith -unisaw - 8" jointer -Legace - carvewright and many other tools and my favorite is the shopsmith.
It is one machine you can completely adjust for accuracy on all of its setup. i use all of my tools but the shopsmith is the most fun. I must confess I don't use the tablesaw setup to much unless I need to set up a dado or some special cut .
It is a very well made machine and If you don't have al ot of room it is the best. PS: greatest drill press there is
I have a Shopsmith Mark V, with bandsaw, jointer, jigsaw (precursor to Shopsmiths scroll Saw), maybe the 12" planner and lots of accessories. I found the Shopsmith to be a very capable machine and made a lot of projects. It is fairly easy to cut 4' x 8' sheets of plywood as you can set the fence for 48" wide cuts. I still not sure on a price, but I am thinkm around $500 without the planner. If you are interested please contact me.
Forgot to post why I was getting rid of my Shopsmith. Where we lived before I had very little room for a woodworking shop. We built a new house eight years ago and I have a shop large enough for individual tools and have been buying stand alone tools the last eight years. My Shopsmith now sits unused and my kids except for one are not that interested in woodworking. The one that is interested has no room for a shop and he comes over and uses his Dads.
I have a shopsmith, but there's no way I'd pay anything over $500 for it. I got mine for $300 on ebay. it had no accessories, I've since bought a jointer and a drill chuck so I can have a drill press. All in all for the tinkerer, it's great. building bird houses, fantastic. how do you say, it's a jack of all trades, master of none. since I've gotten into woodworking, I've found out how vital it is to be dead accurate with your cuts and I just don't get that as easy as I would with a dedicated tool.

hope this helps,
Dave
Kevin, where are you located?

Kevin Watters said:
Forgot to post why I was getting rid of my Shopsmith. Where we lived before I had very little room for a woodworking shop. We built a new house eight years ago and I have a shop large enough for individual tools and have been buying stand alone tools the last eight years. My Shopsmith now sits unused and my kids except for one are not that interested in woodworking. The one that is interested has no room for a shop and he comes over and uses his Dads.
Fort Wayne, IN



Alan said:
Kevin, where are you located?

Kevin Watters said:
Forgot to post why I was getting rid of my Shopsmith. Where we lived before I had very little room for a woodworking shop. We built a new house eight years ago and I have a shop large enough for individual tools and have been buying stand alone tools the last eight years. My Shopsmith now sits unused and my kids except for one are not that interested in woodworking. The one that is interested has no room for a shop and he comes over and uses his Dads.
Too far lol

Kevin Watters said:
Fort Wayne, IN



Alan said:
Kevin, where are you located?

Kevin Watters said:
Forgot to post why I was getting rid of my Shopsmith. Where we lived before I had very little room for a woodworking shop. We built a new house eight years ago and I have a shop large enough for individual tools and have been buying stand alone tools the last eight years. My Shopsmith now sits unused and my kids except for one are not that interested in woodworking. The one that is interested has no room for a shop and he comes over and uses his Dads.
Alan,
I have a shopsmith that I got for $50.00 about 3 years ago. The person that had it didn't know what to do with it. Yes it was rusty but the motor still ran good, so I have maybe spent about $500 to $700 working on it cleaning it up and adding parts from e-bay, now it runs great. It has been alot of fun rebuilding the shopsmiith and now it's like a new machine. They are VERY good machines to have, yes I don't use mine all the time but when I do I enjoy working with the shopsmith.

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