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.
'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton
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