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06-23-2010 05:02 PM

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Shopsmith has just announced it’s Power Pro headstock upgrade. This upgrade features a 2 HP, 240V DVR motor ( 1 3/4 HP available for 120V ). The digital variable reluctance motor offers performance far exceeding the common AC induction and universal type motors presently in use. The DVR technology will also obselete many applications presently served by the DC and variable frequency motors.

The Shopsmith headstock upgrade will provide a speed range from 250 to 10,000 rpm, with full torque throughout. This advantage will reap many benefits for lathe and sawing modes. (virtually giving the Shopsmith cabinet saw type power) As a drill press, it will be possible to spin large diameter forstner bits, and as a shaper/router, at 10,000 rpm, it will swing some of the widest raised panel cutters.

The beauty of the upgrade is that older Shopsmiths, even those MK V’s made in the late 50’s, can be upgraded. If interested, check out the details of this introduction; www.shopsmith.com/shopsmithpowerpro/sspp1.htm

Even if you are not a Shopsmith “fan”, one can appreciate this “gutsy” innovative move by a small American company.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"


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#1 posted 06-23-2010 05:10 PM

very cool…as a proud shopsmith 520 owner I am headed to check it out now,...thanks for the heads up!

Okay…I am back on edit—-watched the info video and the how-to-do-it-yourself video on how to replace—-well just a quick overview…

Looks like it would be really great…just with it did not cost so much…especially for last option the do it yourself option…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 06-23-2010 05:29 PM

very cool. now if they can only introduce a toolless chuck for the drill it would be fantastic!

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#3 posted 06-23-2010 05:36 PM

Very cool. I began my woodworking on a ShopSmith and I still have it and use it for horizontal boring and as a belt sander.

I cannot justify the cost of this upgrade but if I were doing more with my SS I would consider it.

This is an upgrade they should have introduced years ago.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 06-23-2010 05:43 PM

That is a good step on the road to making the SS a more appealing machine. I posted somewhere yesterday about what I would like to see in a woodworking machine, and I mentioned some extensive re-engineering of the Shop Smith. Basically lose the tilting table, and tilt the arbor in normal fashion, use good cast iron tables, and increase the capacity of the add ons, like a 6” jointer instead of the puny 4”, a good resawing band saw add on etc…

I absolutely LOVE the concept of the Shop Smith, and given the capacity, and safety of a shop full of tools, but with a convenient / easy to store package, this would bring woodworking to a whole new, wider range of users. A bunch of guys out there that can’t dedicate a whole garage, or larger outdoor building but CAN snatch up a corner in the garage, or a 10×12 garden shed would be extensively grateful for these upgrades…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#5 posted 06-23-2010 09:14 PM

ShopSmith should give up on trying to be a good table saw. They need to focus on being the best they can be as a drill press, horizontal boring machine, lathe and shaper. They also need to upgrade their jointer and bandsaw accessories.

With the new PowerPro headset I see opportunities for ShopSmith to excel as an overhead router also.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 06-23-2010 09:29 PM

I agree with Rich, I toyed with the idea of getting a SS off of Craigslist a couple of times – but never to be used as a TS. primarily I would be interested in it as a boring machine/lathe/ drill press with the variable speeds. the overhead router/shaper would also be fantastic as can be seen in their new demo. but as I mentioned – would really be nice to have a toolless chuck, and a higher tolerance for drilling.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 06-23-2010 11:56 PM

Shopsmith should offer a more modest version of the PowerPro at a reduced price. I don’t need reverse and I could get by with a little less power. I also resent being forced to replace my perfectly good 2 bearing quill when upgrading to the PowerPro.

Get the price of the upgrade kit below $1000 and there would be a lot of sales.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 06-24-2010 12:43 AM

I got into this “woodworking stuff” because of buying a 1955 greenie for 200 bucks at an estate auction so I can’t really slam Shopsmithfor anything. However, I bought it in the first place to be my do-it-all table saw because I didn’t know any better and didn’t have any other woodworking machines. Quickly discovered it’s limitations and bought a discounted Ridgid R4511 for $240.00 at HD. I’ve bought all the other stuff, planer, jointer, bandsaw, router but I’m still using the Shopsmith as the drill press. Considered cutting the tubes to take up even less space but haven’t done it yet. Even thought it’s a single bearing quill & only .75hp and over 50 years old, I can’t find a better drill press for close to the money I paid for this unit.

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#9 posted 06-24-2010 02:47 AM

I for one always suggest to woodworkers to get an SS if they can. Way versatile. Like many I don’t use the table saw, but I was in the shop today, and with 30 minutes I used it in Band saw, Disc Sander, Lathe mode.

Patience will get you one dirt cheap as a great shop accessory, or if you have limited room, it can get you into woodworking completely.

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#10 posted 06-24-2010 04:22 AM

The initial offering has sold out, within 5-6 hours. I’m guessing this first promotion was for approximately ten units. They will ship in August. Then next production run will ship in September.

Rich: I too have a two bearing quill. I think the new two bearing quill has different bearings, perhaps because the quill shaft top speed has now been increased from 5200 to 10,000 rpm.

Dave: Your 50 year old “greenie” can be upgraded to Power Pro. This would be somewhat akin to replacing a Chevy L head six with a modern Hemi.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#11 posted 06-24-2010 05:31 AM

Biowa: I’d love to upgrade it but at the present time a 1500 dollar hit just can’t get past the non-understanding female family accountant. That amount buys alot of mulch, scrubby little plants and work I just don’t care to do.

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#12 posted 06-24-2010 05:08 PM

I, too, am excited for them in their effort to upgrade. It’s not something I will buy as I’m happy with all my old machines. (3- 10er’s, one Greenie, and one MK5 from the early 80’s.

I grew up using their “awful” table saw, bought a Craftsman table saw in the 70’s before I inherited my dad’s 10er, and then gave it away to my son after I used the old “Smith” to totally remodel our summer home kitchen & realized how great it worked. After that, I embarked on a quest to get more SS’s. Obviously, I was successful. Along with the 5 I’ve kept, I’ve found & rebuilt 5 more for friends.

While I’ll admit that the table saw is the weak link in the Smith system, and it might be a bit inconvenient on occasion, it has always done the job, whether it has been a remodeling project or one of the projects I’ve posted here on LJ’s.

As to the power issue, I’m not sure just how huge the lumber is that some of the nay-sayers of SS’s power are cutting so that they think it’s underpowered, but I’ve ripped 1 3/4” oak (using a 40 tooth blade, to boot) and it works fine. And that’s using the old Greenie with the older 3/4hp motor, as opposed to the later 1 1/8hp one.

I hope the new upgrade is a big success for them, because I believe a lot of Shopsmith guys will want to have the extra features. I’m not a typical tool guy in that respect. I love the old stuff and am comfortable with it, but if the “Smith” world were only made up of guys like me, they wouldn’t sell any new stuff…and that sure wouldn’t be good for the economy, now would it?

By the way, if anyone who get’s the upgrade wants to dump their old “obsolete” power head, I’ll be glad to pay the shipping to get it out of your way.

Thanks for the Shopsmith update, I’ve been wondering how that was progressing for them. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#13 posted 06-24-2010 05:36 PM

I was interested to read about it also, but did you see the price? It wont be happening in this man’s shop anytime soon. Besides I just don’t use the Shopsmith all that much anymore. It spends most of it’s time as a dick sander.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#14 posted 06-24-2010 09:02 PM

I hope you meant disk sander…ouch!

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#15 posted 06-24-2010 09:55 PM

Yes that would be correct DISK Sander. I thought I had but oviously did not proof read.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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