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  1. I thought I would move this one over here. So I came home from a trip to find one of my SS's missing. It was the Power Pro that I have used for years as my lathe. It was a misguided attempt by my wife and son to get me a new lathe for Xmas and give my son a second SS. He is a pretty serious woodworker in his own right and has wanted a Power Pro for a long time. He did pay for half the new lathe for which he could have easily purchased a PP upgrade. A new lathe in my shop would require that I get rid of one SS no matter what due to spatial restrictions and the sentiment was very nice. I would have given him one of the SS to make room anyway, just not the PP. My son makes a ton of money and can easily afford to buy whatever he wants in the way of tools so economics is not an issue. Anyway yesterday turned into a very emotional time but we got it all settled. We will swap out headstocks so I get my PP back, along with all my accessories. He also took my nova chuck and heavy duty tool rest. The rationale was that the new lathe is coming with a new chuck and therefore I would not need the Nova. In the words of Captain Ron : GET YOUR darn BEER MATE. So as of last night he gets a regular headstock and his wife is getting him a PP upgrade for Xmas and I get my stuff back and he can keep the SS. They both meant well so I am not angry anymore but it was a little weird. The flip side of all this is they both know the history here. I have been turning on a SS all my life. My father had an old greenie that I turned on as a boy and I have been turning on one ever since. I have had a larger lathe in the past ( Powermatic) and was impressed with everything but the floor to spindle height which is way higher than the SS. It always felt awkward as I am used to leaning down on the chisel with my weight and did not feel I had the control I have with the SS. In all fairness I didn't give it very long time for adjustment before I went back to the SS. This was right about the time then PP came out and I also found a universal tool rest for sale which along with hanging a 400lb tool chest from the tubes changed the SS to a much better lathe. The only limitation was the swing over bed distance which is limits the size turning to about 13". This is where the current motive for my wife comes into play. She for the most part designs the house and I build it. We have done this for 40 years. She periodically comes up with a need for me to turn an object much larger than 13" in diameter which is the current case, and to her seemed logical to buy us a bigger lathe. The new lathe has 24" capability so it will give her more options. Always an interesting journey when she has more options. Paul
  2. @Artie or any Shopsmith owners, just curious, do you have the surface planer? And if so, how do you like it?
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