I’ve been wanting to do this for a long while now…waiting til I had the time, and the time never seems to materialize, so I figure I’ll just make the time & get started.
First of all, and because my title might seem a little like bait, I don’t intend this to become a debate about the Shopsmith vs separate tools, or an argument over which way is best, nor am I trying to convert guys (& gals) to “my way” of seeing the world.
Rather, I’m simply going to talk about why I really do believe that everyone’s shop would be better with a Shopsmith in it. That doesn’t necessarily mean dump your separate tools in favor of a Shopsmith, but I will try to make a case for supplementing your other tools with a Smith. (also, from now on, I’ll just say “Smith”...quicker to type. I just believe that it works better in some configurations than some of the separate tools out there.
I’m not going to make this a daily thing. Even I don’t like to read my stuff that much, but I’ll try to come up with some useful stuff from time to time. I’d like to have “non-Smithers” drop by and I’d love for all the Shopsmith users to find their way here. If the discussions (assuming someone actually does show up) drift into other Smith areas like troubleshooting , maintenance, or repair issues, that’s fine. I would encourage anyone with any creative jigs or special setups to chime in. Don’t wait to be asked.
I know there are several good Smith forums on the web, but I figure it never hurts to add more info.
Oh, and by the way, I don’t work for Shopsmith, but I have been using them for 50 years.
I have restored and rebuilt many, both 10er’s and Mark 5’s. And besides putzing with them, I actually build things with them.
Speaking of putzing, here’s a couple of variants. A shorty 510, and a “double header”.
So there. It’s begun. Now I’ve just got to figure out what to write about next. -SST
-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you