What are everyone's thoughts on a Shopsmith? Personally, I like the idea but I had one once and didn't like the lack of accuracy or the lack of power. Not to mention you had to really plan your work so that you weren't spending all your time changing over to different set ups. But I guess if you're limited on space, they're the best option.
Bud I have to agree with you on this....I remember as a high school kid, a guy brought a Shopsmith in to our Industrial Arts shop to demonstrate all the things we as young woodworkers could learn to do....it wasn't a sales pitch. Then I saw a similar deal in a local mall during an arts and crafts fair some years later. Both times, I remember thinking, "but, if you keep moving this thing around," and, "wow, that thing sure looks cheesy and light-weight...."
Nowadays, I have discovered that every time one of my bench-top or portable machines gets moved, it loses a bunch of accuracy. Nothing can be counted on to remain square and true. The fence on my Delta table saw that rode on a portable base, my Delta portable miter, my bench top planer, even the blade guides on my band saw....I was always having to adjust to make things right.
So, that lesson being learned is why I've gone the route that I have---spending significant cash, time, labor and effort in setting up a shop with cabinet-style machines. That way, once I'm all up and running, I shouldn't have to worry about losing any accuracy except through normal use.
Shopsmith? Never in a million years.