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#1 posted 10-04-2009 03:21 AM

Down in Gainesville I must work in 1/2 of a two car garage, 225 sq feet to be exact. My Shopsmith excells in this type of environment. Frankly, I don’t see how someone could possibly put separate tools that perform Shopsmith’s functions in this tight of a space. Shopsmith’s “change overs” are quickly performed, usually the only tool required is a 5/32” allen wrench. If you want to use separate tools in 225 sq ft you will spend just as much time shoving machines around.

In my limited space, the Shopsmith system gives me a 10” table saw, a drill press that can also drill horizontally, a 6” bandsaw, a 4” jointer, a 12” planer, a 21” scroll saw, a 12” disk sander, a 12” conical disk sander (try to find this anywhere else), a drum sander, a shaper and a molder, a 16” lathe, a one micron dust collector, and the list goes on, including many high precision accessories from Incra and Kreg. Don’t be so quick to put this tool down. Being made in the USA isn’t so bad either.

In fact. Keep your eye on Shopsmith. they are planing to introduce their new “Power Pro” headstock with a new type of high tech motor that will “knock the socks off” any tool from Lowes, Home depot, ect.

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