With the fall chill in the air, woodworkers turn to projects for the home and to gift making for the holidays. It is a perfect time to send your machine or components in to me for service. And remember to look at my web store for some tools, manuals, lubes, to help you with your machine even if it is operating at 100%.
11 Headstocks rebuilt so far in November 2017:
Davis, SC, 1981 machine
Pearson, NC, 1981 machine
Ratley, AZ, 1979 machine
Heffley, PA, 1982 machine
Cobb, VA, 1978 machine
Pepe, NY, 1992 machine
Sterbenz, NY, 1989 machine
Solheim, IA, 1982 machine
Vandenberg, NC, 1979 machine
Schulte, VA, 1981 machine
Miller, MO 1981 machine
1 on hand to be rebuilt, and 5 incoming. About ten people have asked to be scheduled in so I will soon be very busy.
Here are a couple of thank you emails from recent repair customers:
Hi Jacob, The headstock arrived today, and of course, I had to try it out. I waxed up the way tubes and put it back together. Powered it up and ran through the speeds. Wow! What a difference! Am really looking forward to starting some home repair, without letting the entire neighborhood hear the machine running at full squeal.
Hope you are doing well. Thanks again for the great service! Best regards, Ward
Mr. Anderson,I was finally able to fire up the Shopsmith you repaired for me this past weekend. It works like a charm! Thank you for your service and attention to detail in the repair. Eric
Here is a thank you email from a recent parts customer:
Received the order. Great turn around and service !
Thank you ,Joe
Damage to the headstock casting caused by a drop onto the quill shaft. In this case, caused by poor packing. But, it could also happen at home if the headstock slips while in drill press mode.
A recent repair, painted at customer request. Looks a lot better now.
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.
Not bad for an unusual month. At the beginning of the month I was in the hospital for 2 days which I have recovered from, and midmonth I was on a preplanned trip for a week.
12 headstocks rebuilt 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
Carlson, FL 1984 machine
Bell, VA 1981 machine #1
Kelbel, MD, 1982 machine
Bell, VA, 1982 machine #2
Buckley, MI, 1990 machine
Haverty, IN, 1978 machine
4 on hand to be rebuilt, 1 incoming.
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.
One version of the greenie’s drive sleeve. There were 5. Only 3 variations used on all the poly v systems.
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.
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
The headstock was at our front door when we returned home on Wednesday. It was reinstalled yesterday and everything seems to be just great.
Hey Jacob: just fired up the shopsmith!
Works great!! Thanks for your help!! Greg
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.
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.
Just wanted to let you know I received my headstock yesterday.
Thank you for your fast turn around and great work.
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.
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
I have received everything, and the machine is running very well. I did not know that it was so quiet! Thanks. Warren