Yes I have had some experience with them. Shopsmith can be a useful tool,
especially if you have limited space, and can use the capabilities that they
offer, but remember an old proverb "Jack of all trades, Master of none."
Still for the right price..........have fun.
Many people use Shopsmith's as either their main shop equipment or to
supplement thier stand alone tools. I use mine as my tablesaw, lathe, jointer,
bandsaw, belt sander, disk sander, strip sander and horizontal borer. I use the
drill press setup for larger tasks, but have a little 8" benchtop DP for most
uses. I also have a CMS and scroll saw separate from the Shopsmith. It does not
do a good job (in my opinion) as a router or shaper. You might want to join the
SSusers group on Yahoogroups.com and hang out for a while before deciding
whether or not to buy one. If you are seriously considering it, keep your eye
out for a late model used unit.
I love my shopsmith! Mine gets tons of use. Best vertical and horizontal
drill press out there, great lathe, disk sander, bandsaw, ect. But remember,
no matter how much they improve the model (ie- 500, 505, 510, 520), as far
as a table saw- you still tilt the table, not the blade. Big pita for "big
wood" projects. As far as making "square end" furniture, with all the infeed
and outfeed and side tables available, no problems.
Best to get a good old one on ebay. The quality is top notch and they will
last forever, and replacement parts and upgrades are always available. I
wouldn't pay new price for one though.
There are shopsmith purists out there, who buy EVERY attachment, who pride
themselves on only using the ss to build there stuff. Unless you're
restricted for space, I'd supliment it with other stan alone tools later.
Although like I said- they last forever, it's tough to think about the fact
that one burnt out motor or belt can bring your whole shop down for a while.
(David Hall) wrote:
I and father have owned one for 60 years and it is still going strong, only
second motor some 30 years ago. Just think, it was $200.00 back then and the
jig saw was $29.00. Times have changed! Good machine. I also have a separate
band saw, planer, jointer and router table but use the Shopsmith for all
cutting, drill press operations.
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