|Review by Sam Butler||posted 06-29-2009 05:50 PM||6047 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
I purchased an Shopsmith (SS) 25 years ago when I first started woodworking. It was a good start but I quickly realized that I needed stand alone tools. The table saw aspects of the Shopsmith was the most inadequate. After selling the SS I missed the drill press, horizontal boring, lathe and disc sander. So a few years ago I purchased a Mark V for a few hundred dollars. It did not have the upgrade to the 510 which is why I was able to buy it for a low price. It was great to have the old friend back but I soon discovered problems after I sold my free standing drill press. Whenever I needed a quick drill press the SS was always set up for something else. And to be honest when the SS is in the vertical mode it is a little unsteady.
So when I saw another Mark for sale I jumped on it and mounted it to a wall. Now I have an sturdy awesome dedicated drill press. The advantages of the SS drill press include the variable speed, a big table with fence, the table moves in and out and of course up and down.
I may try to do some overhead routing on this one.