Someone once gave me a Shopsmith. I turned it into a lathe and it worked pretty well. As a table saw it was scarry. I bought the big tool rest they sell and that was a very sweet lathe. The rest of the tools I already had and were better than the Shopsmith. I finally sold it and made some good money from something that was free. I had some money invested in it and I still see the Shopsmith come up on craigslist. Some people think theirs is coated with gold. My understanding is they are still made. I live in the south were we have no basement. Up north were people have basements and limited space a shopsmith could be useful.