I don't remember how or when I realized I needed a bandsaw, but somehow I knew it had to be part of my shop even when the only power tools I had were a drill and a 5-1/4" circular saw for B&D. I got one of those mini-versions, Rockwell maybe, was good enough for working on plastic material, only good on very thin wood. I knew I'd have more one day.
510 PowerPro Double Tilt:Greenie PowerPro Drill Press:500 Sanding Shorty w/Belt&Strip Sanders
Super Sawsmith 2000:Scroll Saw w/Stand:Joint-Matic:Power Station:Power Stand:Bandsaw:Joiner:Jigsaw
1961 Goldie:1960 Sawsmith RAS:10ER
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Having the Shopsmith Bandsaw gives me a larger cutting capacity and a lot less fussing to use it. Having disassembled, restored and reassembled 5 Shopsmith Bandsaws I believe I know them pretty well. Once aligned they stay that way and no worries for the tracking.
Once I got my first Shopsmith Bandsaw that bench top Bandsaw had to go.
Mark V completely upgraded to Mark 7
Mark V 520
All SPT's & 2 Power Stations
Model 10ER S/N R64000 first one I restored on bench w/ metal ends & retractable casters.
Has Speed Changer, 4E Jointer, Jig Saw with lamp, a complete set of original accessories & much more.
Model 10E S/N 1077 oldest one I have restored. Mark 2 S/N 85959 restored. 10E S/N 1076 & others to be restored.
- General George S. Patton (1885-1945)
When that chapter ended I brought both back home, the shopsmith is in storage as I have several but the bandsaw made it in to my shop and resides with my powerpro main machine. I still have the other bandsaw and find that useful but takes up more space then I should allocate to such things.
While I have a collection of blades I find that I mostly have a woodslicer 1/2" blade one one saw and a 3/8" gp blade on the other for 98% of everything I do.
For me I love being able to mount the bandsaw on the "wrong" end and reverse the powerpro. It is rare I mount it anywhere else.
Yes I do wish I had larger saw for resawing but I don't have the room and besides I'm probably past the time in my life where I will be doing much of that sort of work anymore.