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#1 posted 09-28-2009 10:37 PM

I just came across this thread, and while you may have already made a decision, I’ll put in my 2cents worth. Most, if not all the major accessory tools like the bandsaw, jointer belt sander, will fit all the MK5’s. There are a few accessories that only fit the older(pre about 1954) model 10er, but these aren’t very common. I own several Smiths, so I’m biased…and I’d like to think with good reason, but I find after using the machines since I was a kid with my dad’s 1952 machine, that the change over time objection seems to be highly overstated and mostly by those who have never owned a Shopsmith. Yes, there is an occasional former owner who never did get the hang of it, and that’s to be expected, but if you look at the sales numbers and longevity of the tool that is basically unchanged except for subtle improvements & upgrades, it was at one time & probably still is the largest selling woodworking power tool of all time. 4 of my 5 machines predate 1957, so that tells you something about the quality, too. So there, I love ‘em, I’m biased, & I’ve said my peace. If you have any detailed or specific questions about them, feel free to PM me. -SST

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