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An acquaintance is selling his home and was in the process of cleaning his garage. He had a Shopsmith Mark V that has been collecting dust for a good while. It is in excellent condition and comes with the bandsaw, scroll saw, a large collection of turning tools and all of the manuals and original documents. Now the last thing I need is a big piece of equipment like the Shopsmith but when I asked how much he wanted for it, he said I could have it for $100 and he would deliver it to my garage. Guess who has a Shopsmith now?
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Congrats on an awesome deal!

Just the slightest green with jealousy. lol
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I loved my Shopsmith when I got it in the mid 80's. Eventually graduated to individual tools, but made a lot of stuff with it. Kind of a Harbor Freight thing that actually starts and works. Not for real precision work, but great for the home workshop. And the horizontal drill press is neat.

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Wow. And like John said.

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Way cool! Nice to get a bargain like that once in awhile.

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Sweet - Pics?

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They were a pretty good tool. I used one for a while back in the 70s. I see one now on a local marketplace site for sale but they want $800 for it which still isn't a bad deal but I already have one of everything it can do.
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I loved my Shopsmith when I got it in the mid 80's. Eventually graduated to individual tools, but made a lot of stuff with it. Kind of a Harbor Freight thing that actually starts and works. Not for real precision work, but great for the home workshop. And the horizontal drill press is neat.
I have most of the tools already which made it a somewhat difficult decision but I want the bandsaw, sanding station and the lathe so couldn't pass it up. The biggest problem right now is space...my garage is a total disaster and I have to get it organized before I can do anything else.
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Charles I looked at prices too and figured if I don't use it I can sell it pretty easily.
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I have a knock-off I bought from HF that was made from casting molds made form a Shopsmith after the patents expired for that model. I got the bandsaw, 6" jointer and 4" wide belt sander with it for less than the original Shopsmith without the extras. Over the years I have had to make a few repairs and could not get parts from HF so it has Shopsmith parts installed in place of the original parts. All but one part was a direct replacement, the one had to have a 5 minute modification made to it to work on my machine. I also have router collets for it along with the fence. It is buried in the back of the shop out of the way and I have thought about selling it several times to get more room in the shop. I did use it for horizontal boring on a project last year so I'm glad I had it.

You got a great deal and I think you can get a lot of use out of it.

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