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#1 posted 09-29-2010 11:06 PM

I’ve had my Mark V 510 since October 1987 and love it. I wax the exposed metal parts and oil the speed adjuster every so often and it’s never had a maintenance issue. I’ve got a lot of tools, including a Delta 14” bandsaw, a Powermatic mortiser, a Delta Jointer, a PM66, a DeWalt 13” planer, etc. but the center of my shop is home for my Mark V. I used to be surprised that even with some fine individual tools that I prefer using the SS tools, but I’m over that now. Unless it’s an issue of capacity (and it rarely is) I would much rather do my work on my Shopsmith. The SS Bandsaw is killer, and I actually hate to have to use one of my other BS’s!

I was a beta tester of the new PowerPro electronic variable speed headstock, and I can’t wait to convert my MKV. Most people who are waiting for the new SSPP are looking forward to high-speed capabilities; but for me the low end and the additional HP is much more desired. Drilling with large Forstner bits, turning large diameters driving the bandsaw through 6” resawing, drilling metal and plastic, etc.

I’m also in the process of talking my bro-in-law to pass his Mark VII over to me since he doesn’t use it. I think it will go nicely in my shop with my SawSmiths.

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