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Paul M Cohen

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#1 posted 10-12-2012 11:11 PM

I have a 2HP PowerPro with 520 fence and double title (so it really is a Mark VII) and I find most of the people that dislike the Shopsmith are thinking about the under-powered, small table version from the 1950’s-1960 era. But the fact that any of those 30-60 year old machines can be upgraded to what I have says a lot about the quality and longevity of the machine. Unless someone specifies what Shopsmith model they are complaining about it is hard to know if they apply to the current machines.

The issues of table misalignment was addressed with the 520 design, lower power motor (vs. standalone saws) was addressed first with thin kerf blades, the upgrade to a 1 1/8 HP motor and most recently with the 2 HP DVR PowerPro. For anyone not familiar with DVR it is amazing technology that allow reversing and speeds up to 10K at up to 2 HP with full torque throughout the range. The ability to digitally slow down and speed up a saw (or other tool) gives very interesting capabilities not available with many other stationary tools.

-- Paul, Beaverton OR,

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