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Posted on New here and need help identifying Shopsmith

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#1 posted 09-03-2012 01:18 AM

It is not so useful as a table saw unless you just want to
use it for that. Every function a Shopsmith does it does
with precision within its capacity. They are very good
drill presses though lacking a rack and pinion table height
adjustment makes for some shoving and grunting when
the bed is tipped up for drilling. The horizontal drilling
feature is most useful, particularly if you want to drill
holes into end grain parts for doweled frames.

As a lathe they are very acceptable considering capacity.

For cutting tenons and other small work the table saw
is precise but it is not suited for squaring larger
panels like cabinet sides.

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