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#1 posted 07-10-2013 03:30 PM

Let me add my 2ยข worth on the Shopsmith. I bought a 512 about 12 years ago. My workshop was confined to a 2 car garage. To the basic unit, I added a jointer, bandsaw and belt sander. During that time I built some very nice stuff, including a grandfather clock, sideboard, blanket chest, sofa table, headboard and dresser. I can tell you that the SS is very well built, and customer service is excellent. As you become familiar with it, you really appreciate the ingenious design. Setups can be a pain, but you learn to anticipate your needs to minimize this. Is it as good as dedicated machinery? Of course not. But the SS is not designed for someone with a 5 acre workshop. It is designed for those of us who have limited space. SS is an excellent way to get a lot of woodworking capability in a small area. For that, I thank them. I recently retired and built a ranch house with a 10 ft walkout basement. I’m in the process of ordering a crapload of dedicated machinery, but the SS will still occupy a corner of the new workshop. I’ll still us it as a lathe, drill press and horizontal borer. Hope this is helpful.

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