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#1 posted 09-29-2009 02:34 PM

I am a long time Shopsmith user and I believe in the machine but only if it is the right environment. As a 5 in 1 tool, it is not a tool designed for production work. Its’ strong point is that it allows for a full function shop in a small space.

If you have adequate shop space for stand alone tools (table saw, jointer, drill press, surface planer, belt sander, disk sander,router table, horizontal boring machine, scroll saw, band saw) then you probably don’t want a Mark V. If you don’t have that sort of space, you can still have a full function wood shop in the tiny confines of your two car garage and still have room for a good size work bench and a wall full of storage cabinets or peg board for tools.

Shopsmith tools are well engineered quality products. The fact that there are so many still in service that were built in the early 50s speaks for that. Furthermore, you can still buy parts for nearly all of those older machines.

I would love to have space for a big professional table saw sitting right smack in the middle of my shop but I don’t. Until the garage doubles or triples in size, I will just be content making saw dust with my Shopsmith Mark V Model 520.

-- Making Sawdust Safely


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