I'm kinda partial to the ShopSmith since this is what started me into the
woodworking world. It's handy for what it was designed for. Setups are kind
of a pain in the ass but if you have the time then that should not really
be a problem. One nice thing with a shopsmith around, when you do decide to
add equipment to the shop you will always have a lathe or a drill press or
vertical boring machine or a 10" sanding disk or whatever attachment you
decide to get with it. Not familiar with the Supershop.
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This question is posed periodically on the ssusers group on
Yahoogroups. There is one gentleman there that owned a Shopsmith and
sold it to get a Supershop (the current version), he stated that the
quality was poor, the fit & finish is poor, etc. He sold it at a
substantial loss and bought another Shopsmith. Obviously this is
second hand info, so you may want to join the ssusers group (go to
yahoogroups.com and follow the sign-up instructions) and ask the
question directly or search the groups archives.
It should be noted that the original Supershop from the 1970's or
early 1980's was american made and of substantially better quality.
Unfortunately, that came at a cost too high for the owner to stay in
business. Smithy bought the rights and subbed it out to lower cost
manufacturers. If you can find an original, it might be worthwhile as
there are some nice aspects to the design as opposed to the Shopsmith
design. Lastly, I believe that Smithy is dropping the Supershop so
future support may be an issue. You can't get better customer support
than that provided by Shopsmith - and their prices reflect that ;)
I don't know anything about supershop, but I have a few friends that have
shopsmiths and they seem pleased with them. I have aquired and old stand
alone Magna table saw that was made by shopsmith so i have been on the
Shopsmith website to check the avilability of parts and seems like they have
everything you would ever need for the multi tools (but not the tablesaw).
EBAY also have many shopsmith parts and accessories that could come in
If anyone with a shopsmith set up that may want a stand alone ts (needs a
motor) that would use the shopsmith blade set ups let me know.
I posted some pic of the ts on www.owwm.com yesterday if you would like to
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