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Has anyone heard of and/or had experience with the Shopsmith Mark V or 7 machines? I saw an infomercial on them years ago and have always wondered if they are as good as they sound or if they are just an expensive novelty.
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You try to visit shopsmith forum site.
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I've owned the same MK V since 1975. It has been used during several house remodels and 3 complete home builds including cabinets and trim. In fact, it has helped build a good many cabinets and bookcases and loads of bedroom furniture.
So, although it's a fun machine to use, it's not really a toy.
I just use mine now for smaller stuff like boxes and small cases. I'm just finishing up a large gun case and it will be (I hope) the last large commission I take on.
It's a decent lathe, an excellent drill press and horizontal borer, with a roller stand or two, it can rip a 3/4 4X8 down the middle with ease.....well, when I was younger, anyway. I also use it as a disk sander and have made a thickness sander that uses that disk sander.
There are a few add ons that can be bought for the Shopsmith. A small planer, a 4" jointer, and a band saw. I only have the band saw. It's just a 10" with a 6" depth of cut but, it serves me well. I do wish it were a bit larger for resawing, though.
I just bought a second one. Refurbished and runs like a champ. $450 including shipping from FL to AZ. Good deals on nice Shopsmith machines are out there. And, the Shopsmith company has excellent customer service for any of their machines, new or used.

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Thank you for the great response, Gene. I have always been intrigued by the machine and of course, the infomercial I saw was quite compelling. I saw a Mark V on Craig's List for $1000 this morning. Since I have never seen one in person, I didn't know if it would be a good deal. Given that I have less than half of our two car garage to utilize as a work area, this machine looks like it would come in handy.
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Like Gene says, I still use my Mark V too.

I have four other lathes, so I use it mostly with the drill press, bandsaw, planer, attachments. Pretty damn solid, for being a portable machine.

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If it' s just the bare machine without any of the other stuff I mentioned, the price seems a bit steep.

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Thank you for the great response, Gene. I have always been intrigued by the machine and of course, the infomercial I saw was quite compelling. I saw a Mark V on Craig's List for $1000 this morning. Since I have never seen one in person, I didn't know if it would be a good deal. Given that I have less than half of our two car garage to utilize as a work area, this machine looks like it would come in handy.

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I have had the MK V for more than 15 years. If it is the only tool you have room for it's a solid machine. I also have a Grizzly 1023L cabinet saw that I bought used for $500 and I would not trade it for 5 Shopsmiths. I have a Jet 14in bandsaw and I would not trade it for the Shopsmith band saw even though I do use it at times. I have seen demonstrations of the Shopsmith lathe work but I would not trade any of my three Jet mini lathes for the Shopsmith as a lathe. I also have a Delta 16-42 lathe for bigger work. I don't believe the Shopsmith is heavy enough for large work. If you have room for individual tools I would go that route. There are individuals that think the Shopsmith is the finest tool made. Since I have room for individual tools I like having each instantly available. IMO
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Had a Mark V several years ago for a short while. Played with it for awhile, then got rid of that thing and never looked back! Just glad I didn,t spend money on it... it was given to me!

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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I have a knock-off 5 in 1 machine with attachments from harbor freight and have used in building and repairing furniture for many years. It was my table saw, 6" jointer , bandsaw, lathe, boring machine/drill press, disk sander, 6" x 48" belt sander, and over head router for many years. I still have it but haven't used it for quite a while. When I was in the furniture business many years ago it build a lot of furniture and made many repairs. It has had large pieces of furniture turned upside down on it and ran through the tablesaw to cut off a damaged edge. it was heavily used all the time. All my repairs were made with Shopsmith parts,that's how closely these machines were made to the original Shopsmith.

If you are limited in space then I would say it might just be what you need.

If you want one check Craig's List because they are listed all the time and look to see if they have been taken care of because some of them are so rusted that it would take too much work to get it in shape, unless it is free for the haul off. The $1000 price tag is too high unless it is in great shape and includes ALL the attachments, blades, bits, lathe tools, and extras.

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I have had mine for many years because I only have a 1 car garage to work in and have to move things around at night for the car. IF I had room I would NOT buy the Mark V. Difficult to make changes in blade height, not a heavy duty bandsaw, too small planer, but great drill press AND their customer service STINKS and accessories are propitiatory and very expensive. Shopsmith saw blades need Shopsmith special arbor and if you want to use the standard size blades need to buy an expensive arbor.
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