Headstocks rebuilt so far in April, 2015

Simmons, VA, 1979 machine.
Thoene, OH, 2000 machine
Snow, AZ, 1980 machine
Vermette, NY, 1980 machine
Kelley, NH, 1956 machine
Marshak, VA, 1980 machine.
LaPorte, TX, 1984 machine
Smith, OH, 1970’s machine
Swart, FL, 1956 machine
Dean, WA, 1991 machine
Curtice, WA, 1981 machine


The typical machine needs both belts, quill bearing, drive sleeve bearings, and switch replaced.

17 headstocks rebuilt in March, 2015

Moran, Alaska
Cantwell, TX
Willetts, FL
Collison, TX
Hagan, VA
Blair, MN
Bratt, WY
Seppelfrick, IL
Rutledge MO
Graham, LA
Miller, IL
Crawford, OK
Czyzewski, MI
Mytnik, FL
Johns, IA
Heinz, OH
Armstrong, CO

A recent repair, remounted on his nice machine!

Here’s a thank you email from one of the above customers:

My Shopsmith headstock arrived last Thursday.  I was very impressed with the fast turnaround – less than two weeks!  My Shopsmith was purchased in 1984 and now runs again like new.  The machine is quieter, and the speed changing is now very smooth.  Thank you for your outstanding and professional service! Bill


Bearings are always needed on machines more than 10 or 15 years old.

17 Headstocks repaired in February 2015

Dodge, CT
Ott, NE
Hoelscher, MN
Broberg, WA
Adkins, NC
Helget, MN
Ochsenknecht, VA
Tanner, TN
Polnow, IL
Kirby, GA
Duquemin, TX
Williams, VA
Phillips, TN
Law, WA
Clark, WA
Bruntmyer, TX
Berndt, MI


We had over 4″ of snow last night here in Virginia Beach, but I braved a trecherous 100 foot commute thru it to work today. 02/17/2015


Nice endorsement

This post is on the yahoo group SSUSERS forum. I remember doing a machine for him several years ago, and he has since become the moderator of this forum. I really appreciate this endorsement out of the blue!

A plug for Jacob Anderson

Sun Feb 1, 2015 8:14 am (PST) . Posted by:poplarbuild

My 520 headstock returned repaired, serviced and ready to run from Jacob Anderson. It’s was gone about 10 days I think start to finish. I contacted SS after it came back just for S&G … turn around 6 to 8 weeks .. huh ?? Now the lady did say it is much faster then that but that’s what we are told to quote customers. OK so I couldn’t do that time out if I wanted too, but even a hobbyist isn’t gonna / wanna wait that long. Seems SS needs to work a deal with JA his repair system is much better then theirs. I just don’t know … I love these machines they serve me well, but SS seems to trip on the stairs over and over. Seems to me at this point in SS history “quick” reliable service is something they should cultivate tooth and nail. I can’t imagine they are selling to many of the new Mark VIIs with the price tag it has. Just thinking out loud. Pop

14 headstocks rebuilt in January 2015

Bonner, CA
Moses, TN
Cheek, TX
Michaels, MI
Rowe, VA
Burgener, MO
Bryan, SC
Lamberty, MN
Isabella, NY
Graham, AL
Young, IL
Salerno, MI
Oden, TX
Tormey, TX


The Isabella headstock, freshly painted at customer request.


Parts replaced in a 1981 machine.


The Bonner headstock, freshly painted Gloss Black at customer request. Looks sharp!