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#1 posted 11-29-2010 01:53 AM

I started with a Shopsmith 500 in 1/2 of my garage back in 1983. Since then this machine has been upgraded, first to 510, then to 520, and now to the ultimate, the Power Pro. It’s to Shopsmith’s credit that they have always made it possible to upgrade an older machine, and there are a lot of 1950’s vintage Shopsmiths still “hummin” along with their third generation owners.

Shopsmith deserves to be congratulated for engineering, testing, and introducing the new DVR motor headstock in the face of a downturned economy and a market flooded with Asian tools. Ingeniously, they have made it possible for us to install this new power plant and controller into the old headstock. With a speed range of 40 to 1, and torque sensing ability, the DVR headstock can rip 3” oak at 4000 rpm, turn large diameter panel router bits at 10,000 rpm, and then drill with 3” forstner bits at 250 rpm. I’m packing a lot of capability into my 192 sq. ft. here in Gainesville.

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