On 4/13/2011 2:16 PM, Mark Andy wrote:
> I'll research some on the web and such, but my mother in law has a
> Shop Smith that was my father in law's before he died. She's offered
> it to us for free, but we need to go get it, about 700 miles away.
> I don't know what model, how old, or any of the rest.
> Is there a newbie Shopsmith site or something around? Mostly I'm
> curious if these are good quality / useful tools or if its some
> gimmicky thing that I'll forever be cursing.
Haven't used one in decades, but the quality is generally good, better
than many entry level tools but not as good as decent dedicated
machines. However, they are a pain to change function. I've been told
the table saw kicks back (blade grabs wood and violently throws it at
you) but don't know it a real issue or just one users experience. Most
important feature of a table saw it the rip fence and I think the shop
smith is weak there. So I wouldn't even use it as a table saq
Personally I'd take it, if you have a truck/van and are visiting anyway,
for the horizontal features: lathe and horiztonal boring. Drill presses
are reasonably cheap and I'd prefer a real contractors or cabinet table saw.
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