Hi all. I have a Shopsmith Mark V that I obtained in 1987 and used
two or three times at most. I moved from the Montreal area
(relatively humid in summer, dry in winter) to the Sierras in
California in 2001 (a little humid in winter, dry in summer) and
haven't started it or anything in all that time. Getting back into
serious woodworking (more than just banging 2 x 4s together), I wanted
to refurbish it. I'm a little uneasy with the idea of not finding
parts or just messing up the job. In your opinion (hopefully based on
experience with the same or similar equipment), is it worth my while
to hire the job out to someone who does professional equipment
restoration, or is this something that a woodworking IT person could
do? All opinions are gratefully welcomed. Take care.
Regardless of what you do, you need this url: http://www.shopsmith.com /
Closest service is Whittier, CA or West Valley, UT.
Go through the web site Thoroughly! They have a lot of information that
could help you get your V running again. Look under service tips. Example:
Manuals are available:
On Sun, 14 Feb 2010 23:57:26 -0800 (PST), Ed Bernard
There is a clear advantage in doing the job yourself. Find articles
on Shopsmith tuneup and do some reading/learning and you will know
what to do. I'd have a lot of concern giving it to someone else,
except blade sharpening but even that is a good-to-know skill. I know
all of my equipment and I too have an IT career. Most of my manuals
I use are e-manuals, lots of online help from manufacturers too. Good
One of the things about Shopsmiths is that they are "adjustable". They
are great machines, and still well supported, but the precision is in how
well YOU set them up. Rather than spend a fortune making them rigid &
precise, they made them so they could aligned by the user. The setup &
tune up instructions are all very clear, and you can even buy refurb kits
with everything you are likely to need to overhaul yours. They have made
some design improvements over the years, and you can also get upgrade
I would take advantage of the good support & documentation, and do it
yourself. As someone else posted, it may not need much, but a new belt
for the variable speed drive is probably an excellent idea.
I did one years ago.. belt replacement, new speed control unit and a few other
"tune up" items..
It was my first try at working on power tools and I found that all parts are
available from Shopsmith, as well as detailed instructions with pictures..
If you can use a wrench and screwdriver, you can work on one..
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