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#1 posted 09-12-2009 01:37 AM

Shopsmith has several models of its Mark 5 Shopsmith. There is the Model 500, 510, 520, and maybe a newer model as well. Most of the standard parts for a Mark 5 Shopsmith are interchangeable. However, some items are made for certain models. I know, for instance, that some of the “non-standard” tables are made for certain models and will not fit other models.

I have a 1982 Shopsmith that I use as a lathe. However, within its design limitations, it can function quite nicely as a table saw, drill press, etc. It just depends on how comfortable you are with its limitations. My grandfather and my dad built all of their kitchen and bathroom cabinets with a Shopsmith.

I bought my Shopsmith for $250 and it came with a boatload of accessories. The owner just wanted to get rid of it. I find it a very well-built tool that will serve me well for many years.

Hope this helps you make a decision.


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