I bought into the Shopsmith system when I was getting into woodworking- and couldn't get rid of it fast enough. I couldn't get decent square cuts on the table saw because the aluminum table flexes when weight or pressure is applied. I bought a Delta Unisaw for solid surface and absolutely square cuts. I did like the horizontal drill press feature on the Shopsmith, but I bought a real drill press... the bandsaw was too small to do much in the way of resawing, but it worked ok otherwise. The planer was underpowered. The lathe function was ok, I guess. It has a router/shaper function, but the quill doesn't really turn fast enough. And if the main quill gets abused, you get a lot of runout. It isn't really, in my opinion, good for serious woodworking. I replaced mine with all stand-alone tools... also, a Shopsmith that old would be tough to maintain with available parts.
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