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#1 posted 09-28-2010 10:54 PM

My dad has a Shopsmith Mark 7 I think. I grew up watching him use it and hes always praised it. Shopsmith used to have a store here in Grand Rapids, MI. He also got the power station and dust collector from SS.

ShopSmith is a great tool, especially for people who have smaller shops and don’t want all the different machines taking up space. The biggest problem with Shopsmith is once you get one you will never have to buy another. This hurts the company in the sense that the shopsmiths from 20 or 30 years ago are still running today. Why buy a brand new SS when there are lots of used ones on the market that still run great. Each attachment runs on the same motor so you never have to worry about the smaller tools burning out. If you do burn out your headstock on an old unit the newer headstock’s will fit the older models. So you have no need to replace the whole thing.

They are so well built and due to fact that most all the parts and add ons work with all the models there is no need to ever have to buy another one… I guess thats why some tool companies make tools designed to break after a few years… They want you to buy a new one to keep them in business…

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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