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I've been looking at the Shopsmith as a possible solution to my extreme space constraints. The new units have additional tilting capability that allows them to be used in a conventional router table configuration (with the bit coming up from under the table, not over the top). Also, the new power plant is impressive - lots of power, lots of torque. However: top speed is 10,000 rpm. Is that too slow for good cuts when using small bits?

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10k is just fine for most router bits,most over spin router bits..


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I took an old router and stripped the armature down and hooked it up with pulleys to a 1hp motor. I estimate that it is turning 10 to 12k rpm and it works fine. Just a little slower feed rate than normal. Pictures are in my uploads. There is very little chance of burning in the cut at that speed.

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Shopsmith makes converters that increase and decrease rpm do not know the cost
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-09-2014, 09:56 AM
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The new direct drive motors dont require a speed increaser or decreaser for that matter. Lots of guys usingnthe shopsmith for what you want to use it.

They have a forum. Good place to look and ask.

I've owned three and they are fun well built workhorses for the guy without a lot of room. I have lots of room and am thinking about getting another one. Not for all the functions but I once cut one down and used it as a sanding station. I miss it.
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