December 2017

Happy holidays, everyone. Enjoy your craft and gift making in your workshops. I am working on machines and components all month long if you need repairs, as well as shipping out repair parts, manuals, lubes, tools and manuals from my online store.

6 Headstocks rebuilt so far in December, 2017:

Sedlacek, IA, 1954 machine

Shreading, TX, 1984 machine

Harmon, PA, 1984 machine 

Mashburn, CO, 1955 machine 

Eckman, CO, 1957 machine 

Browning, ID,  1975 machine 

2 more on hand to rebuild, 2 incoming.

Here are some emailed thank you’ s from recent customers:

Thanks Jacob. I want to personally thank you for your service. I just became part of the ShopSmith family with a 30-year old 510 I found locally on craigslist. When I switched it on I can immediately tell it wasn’t running right (making scraping noise, shafts were hot to the touch, speed control difficult to operate). If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t know what to do.

Your videos, and your store, give me the confidence that I can rebuild my new-to-me Mark V headstock to the better than factory condition. I’m really looking forward to tearing the thing apart! Sure, it may be a while before I actually cut a piece of wood, but I’ll enjoy restoring it as much as I would enjoy using it.

Received this am, mounted and checked out without a load.  Seems great, looking forward to putting it to use.
Thanks again,Ron
Hi Jacob-  just got the Shopsmith back to gather this week, every thing seems to be perfect thanks for the Excellent work…………Robert


Hi Jacob
I just received my head stock back  in good shape. I installed it back on the tubes. Sounds great. Before I use it,  I’m going to read the manual  you sent. Thanks for the prompt service . Dave


Jacob, I have received my headstock, mounted it, oiled it, and it works and runs nicely. Just wanted to thank you for such professional and quality service. If I have any issues in the future I know who to turn to.
thanks, Heath
Hi Jacob
Many thanks for posting your video’s they were  great and just what I needed
to repair my 1984 Johnson craft.  A Taiwanese copy of a Mark V Shopsmith.
I live in Brisbane Australia.  Locally obtained V belt and bearings did the trick.


Jacob: I received my SS Head back in great working order.  Thank you ever so much for the great service, advice, and quick turn around time.  I will forever be grateful for your service. Sincerely, Daniel
Installed the headstock and tested it. Very quiet. Thanks for a quality job. I wish I had known about you a few years back when I replaced a motor that probably needed only bearings. Thanks again. Bill

The drive sleeve bearings in this headstock disintegrated and chewed up the metal dust guards.

A beautifully preserved brownie machine I recently rebuilt.