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Forum topic by BigJohn posted 11-21-2015 08:59 PM 564 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2015 08:59 PM

Really like it. Bought a new one several years ago. Had a couple older ones over the years. Wondered if anyone ever attached a pulley to the tools and used a separate motor. Been thinking about doing that to the jointer.

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#1 posted 11-21-2015 09:28 PM

Most of the ShopSmith SPTs can be bought from SS with a stand, pulley system and an independent motor. I have there BS that way.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#2 posted 11-21-2015 10:03 PM

I had the 11” BS on a power stand for many years. It was a great tool for its size. Accurate, quiet, well designed.
Used the 4” jointer as well.


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#3 posted 11-21-2015 10:07 PM

Not to mention a greenie cut a bit shorter for the belt sander and disc, a ER dedicated DP, and 2 other Ers for lathe work and what ever.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#4 posted 11-22-2015 05:02 AM

I’ve been a ShopSmith convert for six or seven years. Used to be a stand alone snob but I’ve seen the light.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 11-22-2015 05:16 AM

Love my Shopsmith (see signature). I have considered a stand alone table saw but I just keep finding ways to use the SS. There are some work arounds but they are worth it to me.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#6 posted 11-22-2015 05:18 AM

I only used one for about a week and made me very thankful my shop (even small) was more than sufficient to jam in stand alone equipment. I know if I used it for any length of time it would become like second nature but it just irked me.

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#7 posted 11-22-2015 01:48 PM

I’ve been a Shopsmith owner/user for 35 years. It’s not a production machine. But then, I’m not a production woodworker.
There are now two ‘Smiths in the shop. One is dedicated to rips and cross cuts, with a Jointech router table set up on one end. The other runs the accessory tools and dado blades.

Shipwright even made a thickness sander powered by Shopsmith. It works as well, or better than any of the stand alones.

-- 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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