- I had a Shopsmith Model 10-ER for years. It was made in 1955 and worked just fine when I decided to trade up to dedicated machines. I sometimes wish I still had it.
I hate to quibble, but history is important to a lot of folks in this group. Scott Landis' book "The Workshop Book" shows a Parks Wagon Shop Special on page 76. Built in the 1920's, it combined a band saw, table saw, horizontal boring and tenoning machine - clearly a multi-tool. The Shopsmith History site says what we know as a ShopSmith was originally invented in 1946.
I don't know about power multi-tools, but Google "Oldest multi tool" and you get links to a Roman era "Swiss Army Knife" Combination tools have been around for a long time.
--- In email@example.com, cochiolo <rbcochiolo@...> wrote:
> Shopsmith was the first multi-tool. Google "Shopsmith history" and/or get on one of the yahoo groups for Shopsmith.