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      CommentAuthorNick
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2009 edited
     
    Since a good many of you have Shopsmiths, I thought this might be of some interest. Below are pictures of the Shop-King, a tool that predated the original Shopsmith by almost twenty years. It was a lathe, disc sander, table saw, band saw, and horizontal boring machine. Six spindle speeds. Invented by Ole Evinrude who also gave us outboard motors.

    With all good wishes,
    Nick
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    • CommentAuthorBeeg
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009
     
    So ShopSmith is a knock off of the shop king?

    Did ya have to mix the gas and oil for it? :)
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      CommentAuthorNick
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009 edited
     
    "So ShopSmith is a knock off of the shop king?"

    Combination tools have been around ever since some enterprising Roman blacksmith decided to put a claw on the back of a hammer. The two things that distinguish combo tools are the functions they perform and the methods by which the tool transforms for each function. At first glance, the Shop-King seems to have similar functions to Shopsmith, but its my guess that its drilling/boring function is extremely limited. The same may be true of the sawing function -- the tilt is certainly limited by the band saw. As for the transformations, at least some look to be awkward. Here again, I'm guessing -- I've never used a Shop-King and I may be committing the same sin as many woodworkers who criticize the Shopsmith without having worked with it. But I think it's safe to say that there are substantial differences between the Shop-King and the Shopsmith that make the Shopsmith a new variation on an old theme.

    With all good wishes,
    Nick
    • CommentAuthorJPG40504
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2009 edited
     
    GAS and OIL? Oil maybe. It does have an electric motor. It has 3 maybe 4 pulley(shaft) diameters whereas the spindle has 3. I do NOT think vertical deflection of the ways was a problem! I'm with Nick; vertical drill press mode looks a bit difficult to set up(also the belts would keep slipping off the pulleys!).
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