Reader Mike is in the market for a Shopsmith band saw, and he asked us how we like it. It’s a great question, and some folks have already rung in on this one in the positive.
I might be a little biased, but I’d say if your Shopsmith was made in the last 30 years and you want a band saw, it’s a no-brainer. The saw features a 6″ depth of cut; the table tilts 5 degrees left and 45 degrees right; and the blade spins from 700 to 1,050 RPM.
As others have said, you’ll have to tune it and spend a minute or two setting it up, but it’s a small price to pay as far as I’m concerned. Retail price is in the neighborhood of $500 — but the one I just started running in the shop is on its third decade, and it doesn’t have a single issue.
Shopsmith 11″ Band Saw [Shopsmith]