10 years, over 1,500 headstocks rebuilt

This month marks a milestone for me. I have been specializing in Shopsmith Mark V headstock repairs for 10 full years now. In that time, I have rebuilt over 1,500 machines in addition to doing component repairs, motor rebuilds, and parts sales for do it yourselfers. 

In these 10 years, I have published my troubleshooting guide, 3 repair dvds, 48 YouTube short repair related videos and this website. Two years ago I moved away from eBay sales and created my own parts store, now with over 80 items for sale.

Thank you to the thousands of customers over these years, some travelling to bring me their machines. It has been a pleasure to help you enjoy your woodworking more with a properly operating headstock. I have learned a ton and still see things I have never encountered so that keeps it interesting.

October 2017

On vacation this week, no internet access or email.

I won’t be accepting new machines or components for repair until I return on Oct 20. Earlier this month I was in the hospital for 2 days which I have recovered from, but now am on a preplanned trip for Oct 15-20.

6 headstocks rebuilt so far in October 2017:

Chedester, IA, 1982 machine 

May, MS, 1985 machine 

Carpenter, TX, 1984 machine 

Bartholomew, FL, 1985 machine 

Schattle, TX, 1987 machine 

Thomas, OK, 1985 machine 

None on hand to be rebuilt, 4 confirmed incoming after the 20th when I’m back from a trip.

Here’s a thank you email from a customer who sent me his components for inspection and repair and followed my videos to do the disassembly and reassembly himself:

Jacob, thanks for the links.  My Shopsmith is all together, and runs nicely and relatively quietly.  Your instructions are clear and makes it relatively easy to disassemble, put back together and adjust.  Tips like taking the unit off the rails easily, setting the speed dial, adjusting the belt eccentric, and lubricating properly are appreciated.  I will get more use out of my unit now and I am not afraid to take it apart if something else needs repair. 

Fred

One version of the greenie’s drive sleeve. There were 5. Only 3 variations used on all the poly v systems.

13 headstocks rebuilt in September 2017

The month started off slow, but got pretty busy the second half. Then I had a health crisis! Oh boy.

 Headstocks rebuilt in September 2017:

Schadle, OH, 1981 machine

Haste, OH, 1963 machine 

Nates, SC, 1982 machine 

Gammon, GA, 1984 machine 

Surowka, PA, 1985 machine 

Prahl, NV, 1983 machine 

Phipps, AZ, 1989 machine 

Ehrler, CA ,1954 machine 

French, NY, 1980 machine 

Herrmann, IN, 1955 machine 

Hering, AL, 1962 machine 

Adams, TX, 2000 machine

Walters, NV, 1954 machine 

5 more on hand for repair, 1 incoming.

Here are some thank you emails from recent repair customers:

Jacob, The headstock was on the front porch when we got home yesterday.

I installed it this morning and ran it through the speed range a couple of times. Quill feed, rail locks, engine speed, all excellent as well as quiet and smooth. Great job and thanks. Cheers, Randy 

My headstock arrived this afternoon. It looks great and runs great. Thanks so much for your tender loving care of these machines.  Glenn 

Hi Jacob. I’m a former Shopsmith customer service rep/factory worker (1980’s), and a MarkV 500/all-the-attachments owner. I just found your site and it is GREAT! Thanks for the work that you do, and if I need anything I know where to go, and where to send my friends. Jim

Repainted a 1954 greenie machine while rebuilding it, at customer request. Looks beautiful now.

Recent repair which had it’s casting cracked in 2 places at the drive sleeve area, caused by using boxes too small, and packing it with the quill shaft down. I have seen this happen a few times. Read my packing instructions carefully to avoid such problems.

Here’s a feedback comment a customer recently left on my credit card processor, Square.

12 headstocks rebuilt in August 2017

I was closed the first 2 weeks of August for my summer vacation yet still did a good number of machines.

Headstocks rebuilt this month:

Hatjioannou, NC, 1955 machine

Alford, TX, 1959 machine 

Cobb, AL, 1978 machine 

Ballard, MA, 1954 machine 

Young, VA, 1986 machine 

Lentz, KY, 1983 machine 

Bushey , AL, 1955 machine 

Mitchell, TX, 1954 machine 

Miller, IA, 1984 machine 

McCall, GA, 1984 machine 

Mote, AZ, 1991 machine 

Nichols, KY, 1999 machine 

3 other machines on hand for service, none incoming so it is a good time to send yours in for service.

Here are a few thank you emails received from recent repair customers:

Jacob I have been in business as well for 38 years! You are one of the best and most organized people I have ever done business with.  Thank you

Lawrence 

The headstock was at our front door when we returned home on Wednesday. It was reinstalled yesterday and everything seems to be just great.

Thank you.

Mike

Hey Jacob: just fired up the shopsmith!
Works great!! Thanks for your help!!  Greg

Hey Jacob,
I received my mark v yesterday. Took it to my shop and mounted it . When I turned it on I just stood there and smiled. It runs as smooth as my Subaru! Great job! Can’t wait to get into a project with it! Thanks for getting it done so quickly.
Awesome job!
Thanks again.

Tony

Jacob,  I just wanted you to know how pleased I am with my rebuilt headstock.  It was a pleasure during business with you.  It’s pretty amazing how you run your business so efficiently, very organized very honest and your work is top quality and extremely quick turn around time.  Thanks again.

Jim

Jacob,

 Just wanted to let you know I received my headstock yesterday. 

Thank you for your fast turn around and great work.

 John

A headstock painted in silver and dark gray at customer’s request. Pretty snazzy.

This unusual motor has a single bearing and a rear bushing bearing with an oiler spout for that bushing. This is the first time I have ever seen this in dealing with over 1,500 headstocks. From a 1950s machine.

Here is an anniversary model Mark V repainted in its traditional colors.

16 headstocks rebuilt in July, 2017

Vacation warning: I am taking off the first 2 weeks of August.

16 Headstocks rebuilt in July, 2017:

Spry, IN, 1980 machine

Trautmann, IN, 1984 machine 

Johnson, NE, 1994 machine 

Imburg, VA, 1982 machine 

Parrish, NC, 1998 machine

Mancil, TX, 1956 machine

Thomson, CA, 1980 machine  

Naiser, KY, 1982 machine 

Hall, NC, 1982 machine

Perry, MI, 1988 machine  

Smith, MI, 1956 machine 

Goldsmith, KS, 1984 machine 

Jacobs, TX, 1962 machine 

Soules, NM, 1991 machine 

Spencer, IN, 1956 machine 

Price, CT, 1960 machine

This is all the machines I am doing before my August vacation. None left on hand, none incoming. I will accept more machines mid August.

A few thank you emails from recent repair customers:

Jacob, A quick note to let you know that I received my headstock yesterday in fine
shape.  It has since been remounted on the machine tubes for a brief
tryout.  All I can say is WOW !!!  I feel as though I have a new
machine.  Thanx for all you have done.
   Tom

Jacob, I just wanted to let you know I received the headstock today and justwant to thank you for quick turn time and ease of doing business.  Thanks
 Rick

I have received everything, and the machine is running very well. I did not know that it was so quiet! Thanks. Warren

10 headstocks rebuilt in June 2017

Fair warning: I’ll be taking some time off this summer so be sure to check here on the website before shipping me your headstock or components for servicing. Email me before doing so. Plan ahead.

For parts orders, check my web site’s access page and also be sure to look at the header on the web store so you know when your order will go out.

My only planned time off is as follows. There is lots of time to get your machine serviced since turnaround is usually a week or less depending on how quickly you pay.

In July I am taking 5 days off mid month.

In August I am taking the first 2 weeks off.

10 Headstocks rebuilt so far in June 2017:

Cooper, MS, 1984 machine 

Kovacs, AZ, 1993 machine 

McCrary, FL, 1985 machine 

Milich, NJ, 1982 machine

Ness, MD, 1988 machine

Orr, AR, 1987 machine 

Sanders, CA, 1954 machine 

Wharrey, PA, 1997 machine 

Bader, FL, 1983 machine 

Hilt, AS, 1985 machine 

2 on hand to rebuild, and 5 incoming.

Here’s a thank you email from a recent customer:

Jacob, Thank you for the quick response on my headstock.  It is back in place and works well.  I appreciate your work.

 Clare

Here’s a shot of the single bearing Emerson motor which I do not like. This one had a ruined rear bushing and shaft and was so damaged we had to replace the motor for this customer.

10 headstock rebuilt in May 2017

Ok, here’s another month which was slow, so it is a great time to beat the summer rush and send your headstock or components to me for service.

Headstock rebuilt in May 2017:

Waters, VA, 1954 machine

Hazelwood, OK, 1970s machine 

Patron, MS, 1983 machine 

Osborn, FL, 1985 machine

Martin, SO, 1988 machine

Brown, OH, 1980 machine 

Rosenthal, NY

Lillis, MN, 1984 machine 

Boyers, AR, 1982 machine 

Jerome, MY, 70’s machine 

3 on hand to rebuild, and none incoming. Great time to send yours in.