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Forum topic by Gpag posted 03-18-2018 08:49 PM 384 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gpag

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03-18-2018 08:49 PM

Hi, this is for any Shopsmith owners. I have a Shopsmith, which is not my usual tablesaw, but now I need to use it. I had my SS blades sharpened and seem to have temporarily (I hope) misplaced the arbor. I have the dado arbor which has a 5/8 arbor. SS says that this arbor is not for saw blade use but I am in a bind. I don’t need to cut a lot but I do need to cut some lumber, no sheet material. I do not see why this arbor shouldn’t work for a 10”, 5/8” arbor blade. Any thoughts?
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#1 posted 03-18-2018 09:23 PM

Gpag, it’ll work. You just have to move the motor to the left a tad to compensate for the length of the dado arbor.

-- 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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#2 posted 03-18-2018 09:44 PM

Thanks Gene. I tried it and it worked fine. I didn’t use all the parts of the arbor, just those that made sense for a sawblade.
Gpag

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#3 posted 03-18-2018 10:27 PM

You used a Shopsmith table saw and didn’t die? How long did it take you to set it up, not counting putting the blade on, longer than any other saw? Did it cut through or did you have to pull the blade through the wood by hand?
I have a 510, 500, 10er, just wondering because every where I read how bad they are.

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#4 posted 03-19-2018 12:44 AM

Responding to Fresch. Not everyone has the space for dedicated separate machines. Shopsmiths are good tools,yes they have limitations but there is no perfect tool, every tool has some limitations. I also don’t see any projects posted by Fresch, I can only guess what the reason for that is. When I saw the word shopsmith I jumped in thinking I could learn something, I am sorry that I did now.

-- Jim, Vancouver

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#5 posted 03-19-2018 02:41 AM

The Shopsmith was my first machine, bought it with my dad. I’ve since moved to separate machines but have made a lot of stuff and turned a lot of bowls with the SS. I now keep it at a second location where I don’t do as much woodworking. Yeah, it has limitations. Certainly not the tool if you are cutting a lot of sheet material. But, if you take the time to figure out how to use it properly it can do a lot. That said, if I had it to do over again, and space wasn’t a consideration, I’d spend the money on used individual machines. Could probably pick up a good contractor saw, drill press, bandsaw and some smaller tools like a drum sander for the same money.

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#6 posted 03-19-2018 03:03 AM

I don’t post pictures here or on photography, boating, camping, gardening, guns, food smoking, computer building, electrical trade, sites yet do them all and have a couple other hobbies too.
If you look I said I HAVE a 510, a 500, and a10er, so I know how much they cost, the size of them and what they can and can’t do; my wood shop is only 12×16, with the 510 and 500 in it. the 10er is at my rent house.
If you search about shopsmith you will find many/ most will tell you that they are junk; yet never used one.
I was trying to let the shopsmith people here get a laugh, please reread what I wrote, not a knock on shopsmith.
After all it’s probably one of the last U.S. tools you can buy and very high quality, with parts going back ~50 years. my 510 with bandsaw, jointer, bisketer, 10’ blades, turning tools, the dust vac, bunch of other stuff cost $800, the 500 with a bunch of stuff cost $325, the 10er with saber jigsaw and stuff cost $100. So $1200 over ~30 years and it all works and my 12×16 shop is the largest indoor area I ever had.
drillpress shopsmith is my 500 bolted to one wall, dual bearings so can be used as a mill how about that stand alone one used ?

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#7 posted 03-19-2018 05:36 AM

Responding to Fresch. Social media remains ambiguous and Lumberjocks appears no different from Facebook, Twitter or whatever else there is. Fresch puts down people using shopsmiths saying “DID YOU DIE” Have you heard of Stradivari, Stickley, Nakashima, Escherick and countless others? Do you think they cared if they were using SS, Sawstop, Jet, Disston, Stanley, Crown or whatever? They cared about the product they were producing. They cared about how that product would influence the consumer whether it was the user or or the recipient. And they cared about how the product looked and was it pleasing to the eye, did it make you want to touch it and experience it physically. And if someone questions how to achieve that end who are you to put down their method? The elitist attitude you exude is dispicable in in my estimation. The question remains, “if you are so superior to put down SS then you should post some of the products you have made with pictures of other machines”

-- Jim, Vancouver

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#8 posted 03-19-2018 11:39 AM

Jim from Vancouver, Fresch agrees with you 100%. He was just using exaggeration and satire to say it. Shopsmith appears to be his main woodworking tool.

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#9 posted 03-19-2018 12:11 PM

Hi Jim from Vancouver, Fresch is not putting down Shopsmith, he is commenting on the people who dismiss Shopsmith as serious woodworking machines without having any experience using one. You sound like a Shopsmith owner (either that or someone who owns a lot of stock

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