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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 07-21-2018 02:12 AM

Other than the functions the machine performs, the Fox Super Shop has very little in common with Shopsmith. Tony Fox was an engineer at Magna Engineering, the birthplace of the Shopsmith, and they came to a parting of ways over future designs. Tony designed the Super Shop to be heavy enough for metal work because he wanted both DIY markets, the woodworkers and the metal workers. The problematic Reeves pulleys used by Shopsmith were his pet peeve, so none of the Super Shops have them. Variable speed is achieved by constant torque electronic controls of a 110V/220V DC motor. It also has powered lateral feed which Shopsmith never considered. In 1975 I proposed a lateral feed idea to Shopsmith, sending them full size mechanical drawings of how they could do it economically, but they politely said “no thanks”. The Super Shop outweighs the Shopsmith by nearly 400 lbs. Having owned and used Super Shops and Shopsmith machines side by side, I can testify that they both have limitations, but both are worthy machines. The Shopsmith organization is strong enough to have survived some very trying times, to their credit. Shopsmith people and machines are welcome here too!

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