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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 10-12-2012 08:51 PM

My MKV 500 is over 35 years old. With it, I’ve built or completely remodeled several houses, built numerous pieces of case work and cabinets and bunches of small boxes and larger chests.
With the use of various out feed supports one can rip almost unlimited lengths. The height of the table makes breaking down 3/4” ply wood some what of a chore, though. At 72 years of age, I don’t even try anymore.
When I first got mine, I used the lathe for spindle turning and found that a live center for the tail stock was a great improvement over the stock “dead” center. Can’t offer much more about the lathe cuz I found that turning was not my forte. But, I understand that, as a lathe, it’s pretty decent.
As a drill press and horizontal borer, IMO it’s excellent. The tilting table makes those functions so much more versatile.
My only accessory is the band saw. It’s limited to 6” for resawing. I use it to resaw and make band saw boxes. There are probably better band saws, certainly bigger ones but, it has served my needs.
Not really and accessory, the disk sander is a great addition, too.
Finally, I would suggest you join the Shopsmith forum Here . Great bunch of very knowledgeable folks over there. And Here is a link to around 50 outstanding videos showing many different ways to use your machine.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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