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Posted on Shopsmith Is It Really That Bad of a Set-Up?

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EEngineer

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#1 posted 648 days ago

This is my $.02 worth…

I don’t think the ShopSmith is a bad unit. I have a friend who uses one exclusively and the work he turns out is superb. But I run my shop with dedicated machines and the reason is simple: I like to “putter” in my shop. I don’t necessarily know exactly where I am going or how I am going to get there all the time.

Now, I like to have fairly detailed plans to start. But, nearly every time, the plans change, I see a better way to do things or I make a mistake that entails a change to use whatever I have already been working on for 2 hours on or I just change my approach in the middle of things… for me, dedicated machines work out better. I may have one piece go from the table saw to the router table (can you do routing on the ShopSmith – my friend doesn’t), to the drill press, back to the table saw, back to the router table… well, you get the idea. A ShopSmith would drive me crazy with setup and teardown. Dedicated tools… no problem. ShopSmith, with a reconfigure for each type of tool between every step… I would go nuts!

If you are detail-oriented and always follow the plan, or you can put up with the changes between each operation that the inevitable changes force on you then the ShopSmith might be OK for you. For me, I couldn’t do it!

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