I am NEVER disappointed when I ask a question in this forum! I not only get the question answered, but i find out things I never knew I should ask. I do not yet know the "age" of my particular machine, but will find that out.
The distinction between 9" and 10" blades was also really helpful.
I actually purchased this particular shopsmith in spite of the small table, because it also came with a jointer, bandsaw, scrollsaw, a belt sander, and even a shaper attachment that I can't fully figure out. I've spent my whole work career looking forward to getting back to woodworking, so I wanted to get reacquainted with all of these tools, even though my primary interest is turning wood.
I haven't yet found the small table space to be a constraint, I was mainly noting that the table extension didn't readily line up with the main table....I figure that out, and I should be very happy for the first 32 projects.
I have a tiny workshop space, and this shopsmith was one way that I could justify outfitting a shop!