August 2018

I’m taking a few days off this week to go camping (Mon Aug 13 thru Thurs Aug 16). I am again accepting only a maximum of 15 headstocks for the month and 11 slots have been spoken for already.

Headstocks rebuilt so far in August, 2018

Howard, WA, 1996 machine

Derenthal, FL, 1981 machine

Ridder, MO, 1981 machine

Theis, NY, 1979 machine

Ranallo, GA, 1979 machine

Crandall, TN, 1977 machine

No headstocks on hand to be rebuilt, but 4 incoming.

Here are some recent thank you emails from customers:

Wow this was fast! Thank you so much. I am looking forward to using my shop smith again. Keith


Hello Jacob, I got the machine back together and it runs smooth and quiet. Thanks for your help, great videos. John


Wow Jacob, You have been such a pleasure to work with. Your business model is superb. I can not thank you enough. I wish you the best of all good things.

Thanks again Jacob. It’s assembled and working great. It is a great service you provide for Shop Smith owners. Even for greenies like mine.

Stephen

Stephen


Don’t ignore metal on metal grinding sounds or you can cause even more damage. Stop the machine and inspect!

11 headstocks rebuilt in July 2018

July started off slower because of the awkwardly placed July 4 holiday. But I stayed busy sending out parts, manuals, video links, etc for my web store. I am now only accepting a max of 15 machines per month for repair, and slots for July sold out. I just opened 15 slots for August as well so secure your spot if you need work done on your headstock.

11 headstocks rebuilt in July 2018:

Safrit, NC, 1983 machine

Hartzler, OH, 1980 machine

Burton, CA, 1954 machine

Bowald, OH, 1979 machine

Deneve, MI, 1962 machine

Landess, WA, 1956 partial machine

Guddat, NV, 1984 machine

Batt, MA, 1993 machine

Moore, CA, 1981 machine

Georgeson, WA, 1992 machine

Rowley, KS, 1956 machine

3 headstocks on hand to rebuild, 1 incoming going into August.

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

Jacob – got my headstock back yesterday & was like a kid at Christmas. Within an hour had it unpacked, remounted and spun up through the speeds. It runs smoother & quieter than any time in the 30+ years I’ve owned it. Thanks for a great improvement, and I really appreciate you returned it calibrated & reset to lowest speed.

Byron


Jacob, just wanted you to know that we returned to Kansas with the Shopsmith intack, it is up and purring – Made two items on it and cleaned and OILED it right after.
Thanks for fitting us into your schedule. All the Best,

Stephanie and Dave


Yesterday I received and installed the “Beefy Drive Belt” I ordered from you. Your videos were perfect. To my eye, my old belt looked pretty good. After viewing one of your videos I better understood the importance of the width of the belt (my old one was right at .5”). I decided to try your beefy drive belt. Based on your video, installation was a breeze. What a difference! More power than I have ever had. The most bang for the buck I could imagine in an upgrade for my Mark V.

Thanks!

Mark


Hi Jacob,

I received my headstock today. It suffered no ill effects from the shipping and it runs like new. All the noise/vibration is gone.

Thanks again for your repairs. This is a great service you provide to us Shopsmith owners.

Al


See my web store for more than 80 items I offer.

9 headstocks rebuilt in June 2018

June 22 – On vacation now! Be sure to watch my free videos here on the web site for maintenance and troubleshooting tips.

Because of a vacation trip the final week of June, I accepted only 10 machines this month. In July I will again accept 15 machines for service. Spots for July are now open and available in my web store.

Headstocks rebuilt in June 2018

Robinson, MO, 1989 machine

Davis, NC, 1980 machine

Denzer, TX 1981 machine

Harris, VA, 1978 machine

White, CA, 1983 machine

Pollman, MO, 1956 machine

Davis, WI, 1959 machine

Berner, WI, 1983 machine

Brown, IL, 1985 machine

None on hand to be rebuilt, but 2 incoming for July.

Here are a few recent testimonials from customers:

Jacob: Headstock received. Thanks so much. It is quieter than it has ever been since I purchased it (used). I have used it for 2-3 hours so far, and it works well. I will try and keep up with the lubrication schedule. Bill


Thank you! I’d also like to say thank you for all your videos. They have been a great help to me and no doubt countless others. So naturally your place is my first stop for parts.
I purchased a 1981 Mark V off Craigslist. Cleaned it up and got it running smooth till that bearing fetched up.You may be amused to hear that the cost of a belt, bearing and shipping exceed what I paid for the machine! I owe you a beer or 3 🙂 John


I really appreciate your great service and your thorough communication. I am not a Facebook person so I can’t ‘like’ you there, but let me know if there is some other way I can support and promote your services.

Thanks again, Tom

Just received markV lower belt and oiler. That belt made a huge
difference in smoothness and noise, Thanks!

oiler is very handy as you said <grin>

Bob


Belts almost always need replacing if they are over 10 years old. They get stiff, shred, crack, wear narrower, etc over time. The upper belts can last 25 years but should be replaced then even if there is no obvious problems with them.

12 headstocks rebuilt in May 2018

I am only accepting 10 machines for June and 4 slots are already spoken for. Get your spot today by paying a $50 deposit in my web store. Click here

12 Headstocks rebuilt in May, 2018

Canfield, FL, 1981 machine

Haag, N.Y., 1954 machine

Kreuser, WI, 1982 machine

Hill, TX, 1984 machine

Cope, FL, 1984 machine

Armistead, TX, 1986 machine

Bajnai, VA, 1955 machine

Halterman, AZ, 1997 machine

Cancilla, NY, 1981 machine

Strange, TX, 1970’s machine

Franklin, OH, 1954 machine

Levering, MN, 1982 machine

2 on hand to be rebuilt, 1 incoming, send yours to me now.


Here are some thank you emails from recent repair customers:

I put the shopsmith to work this weekend. works great. thanks again.

jeff

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I received my headstock yesterday, and ran it briefly. I plan on putting to work next week. The unit was quiet and the quill return is much better.

Jim

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Hi Jacob,
The headstock arrived yesterday and I installed it today. It runs wonderfully. Thanks for your efforts!
Regards
Don

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Received the Mark 5 head yesterday evening. Put it on this morning and it sounds good.Much better than before. Thank you for your service. Tom

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Jacob: I received my headstock from Fed Ex in apparently good conditionand re-mounted it. It sounds much quieter and seems to
have a little extra rpm. Thanks for your work and your service. I

am quite pleased! Rick


I always keep a large inventory of the bearings and belts needed for Mark V headstocks.

1,600 headstocks rebuilt now

I have been a specialist in Shopsmith Mark V headstock repairs for 10-1/2 years now. In April I passed the landmark of machine number 1,600 since I began specializing.

Here are some thank you emails from customers in April 2018:


Jacob –

I got my Shopsmith back last Thursday in great shape and got in installed. I have used it for a couple of small turning projects and it works and sounds great. I am very pleased with it. Thanks, Larry


Hey Jacob – Received the head and it shipped in perfect shape. Looks great but I have not installed it. Next week I will be painting the base and waxing the slides, then installing it. Thanks for all your help. Rob


Received my mark v back, and it works perfectly.

Thank you for making the experience of dismounting, packaging, shipping, and remounting stress free.
Not something I can say about Shopsmith, who have yet to answer my 3 emails.

Regards,

Sergio


Jacob: Thanks for the outstanding work you did on my Mark V. I enjoyed meeting and talking to you. Howard.


I received my 1959 Shopsmith headstock in January 2018 from Jacob. The Shopsmith was purchased by my father in 1959. I remember when he fired it up and how it sounded. Jacob has put a magic touch on my head stock. The headstock purrs like a kitten and I believe it runs better than when my dad first fired it up in 1959.

Jacob did an excellent job on my headstock. He kept me informed all along the way from initial delivery to receipt. I could not have stumbled upon a better person. Jacob took a worn out headstock and brought it back to life in better than new condition.

Thank you so much for the quality service and dedication you provided to me.

Steve


I recieved the parts a day before I expected them. Thank you for your quick service. I also really appreciate the how to videos.


Jacob,

Thank you for sharing your ShopSmith videos online. I would’ve been completely lost trying to restore the 70’s Mark V that I was fortunate to acquire for $100. I’ll use it as a lathe, but I just may expand its capabilities.

I was able to tear down the headstock step by step and determine exactly what I needed to free it from the rust that was acquired over 15 years of non-use. In addition to the belts and bearings, you emailed me the video links necessary to install the items. They were spot on.

I’ve attached a pic and a video. I believe you should get most of the credit for getting her running!

Thank you!

Taylor


Jacob
Got the head stock back late Tuesday got it all back together and it runs great. Thank you again for such a great job. If I ever need any repairs again you have the job
Richard


Good Evening Jacob,

The head stock arrived this morning and I have already put it back on
the way tubes and checked it out. Runs like a new machine and I am
very pleased. You are providing an excellent service to Shopsmith
owners. Thank you very much for you repairs to my machine.

Dave


Jacob,
My headstock arrived at noon. It is now mounted and runs like a new one. Thank you for the speedy and expert repair.
Bill

PS
It was worth the price just to get the quill working correctly.


Thanks for the notification and quick turnaround on my headstock. I’m looking forward to using it again. It’s been a pleasure doing business with you. I will certainly be recommending you to friends who need your services.

Thanks again

Randy


Jacob, just wanted you to know that all is properly assembled and the SS
works great. I cut a large piece of plywood today and all was easy. I have a
SS jigsaw and that also worked as expected. Thanks so much for making my
1980 run perfect. You did an exceptional job and
I am very pleased. Good health in the coming year. Don


Hi Jacob

The headstock arrived today. Thanks so much for the quick service. Claire

19 headstocks rebuilt in April, 2018

I am now limiting the number of machines I accept each month to 15. To reserve your place in line for the month of May, go to my web store and pay the deposit of $50 which will apply towards your repair.

19 Headstocks rebuilt so far in April, 2018

Landry, FL, 1986 machine

Westling, NC, 1988 machine

Bland, CA, 1985 machine

Diercks, WA, 1982 machine

Baker, MI, 1985 machine

Hallman, TX, 1955 machine

Matheny, KY, 1985 machine

Boni, FL, 1981 machine

Mason, MD, 1955 machine

Heisler, SC, 1981 machine

Frank, IN, 1962 machine

Swetman, FL, 1988 machine

Palko, VA, 1983 machine

Lewis, VA, 1982 machine

Schneider, CA, 1973 machine

Davies, VA, 1988 machine

Proffitt, MO, 1954 machine

Porto, KS , 1984 machine

Kaiser, PA, 1982 machine

6 on hand to rebuild and 1 incoming going into May.

Interesting fact: aluminum melts at over 1,100 degrees. I have seen many machines like this with the quadrants melted thru. Be sure to stop your Shopsmith when you hear any metal on metal noises.

21 headstocks rebuilt in March, 2018

Whew, getting tired. I worked 38 days straight and finally took a few days off. Lots of tasks to do when you are a one man operation!

Headstocks rebuilt in March, 2018

Kruck, FL, 1980 machine

Stolee, MN, 1980 machine

Galles, IA, 1983 machine

Britton, OR, 1988 machine

Haluska, TX, 1995 machine

Selby, NJ, 1981 machine

Driggars, AL, 1956 machine

Dean, TX, 1970’s machine

Simpson, MD, 1981 machine

Gartner, FL, 1970s machine

Torelli, TN, 1980 machine

Air Museum, IN, 1953 machine

Pates, MN, 1956 machine

Hoffman, MN, 1992 machine

Dunham, NJ, 1992 machine

Sohm, MA, 1983 machine

Goodrich, UT, 2001 machine

Stetson, RI, 1988 machine

Stewart, NC, 1979 machine

Jeffers, OH, 1954 machine

Soules, NM, 1991 machine

3 more on hand to repair, plus 4 incoming and 3 locals who want to bring theirs in soon.

Here are some thank you emails from recent customers:

Got it today, put it together and like so many others who have commented, it runs fabulously! Thank You, Thank you, Thank You!

Best wishes, Mike


Hi Jacob,

Headstock arrived back home today – and it runs like a new one!
Thanks so much for your excellent work.
Blessings,
Sam

Headstock arrived safely yesterday. Installed it last evening. Runs beautifully. Thank-you so much. – Art


Received my order this afternoon and already installed my new switch. Works as described. I’m thrilled with the switch and the prompt service. Thanks again. John See my online store for parts if you are a talented repair it yourselfer.

16 headstocks rebuilt in February 2018

I took a 2 week vacation late January/early February and have been working daily since my return..

Headstocks rebuilt in Feb 2018:

Burton, NC

Pfarr, CT, 1981 machine

Thompson, NY, 1953 machine

Woodham, VA, 1989 machine

Barnett, VA, 1954 machine

Koile, AZ, 1982 machine

Harbin, PA, 1981 machine

Roper, AL, 1956 machine

Neklason, WA, 1980 machine

Austin, NJ, 1981 machine

Robbs, TN, 1984 machine

Hutchison, NC, 1984 machine

Markley, NH, 1983 machine

Bockius, DE, 1981 machine

Haines, OR, 1990 machine

McAteer, ID, 1985 machine

6 machines on hand and 1 incoming for March repairs.

Here are a few recent thank you emails from customers.

Hi Jacob,

I want to thank you for your prompt delivery of the drive belt. I had a belt on order for a month from Shopsmith. I called them and they said it would take another month to deliver the belt. I canceled the order and ordered it from you. I will be ordering all future parts from you.

Best Regards,
Jerry

Hi Jacob,

Thank you very much for your efforts with my headstock and for these PDF’s. It has been a pleasure dealing with you; your communications and service have been prompt and professional. I look forward to receiving my headstock (for which I received a shipping notification from FedEx earlier) and getting back to work.
I’ll be sure to recommend you to anyone that asks for Shopsmith service.
Best,
Mike

Hi Jacob. I received my headstock today and it sounds much better, thank you! George

Thanks, Jacob. I want to compliment you on your communication. So many businesses just don’t do that very well. In terms of keeping communication move timely, you do it as well as anyone I’ve done business with. Very impressive!

Michael

I couldn’t operate without my two 12 ton shop presses.

9 headstocks rebuilt in January 2018

I’m taking a 2 week vacation now after a busy winter holiday repair season. My web store is closed as of today (Fri Jan 19) and will reopen Fri Feb 2.

9 Headstocks rebuilt in January 2018:

Graham, TX, 1982 machine

Postlewate, CO, 1980 machine

McDermott, SC, 1981 machine

Szaroleta, CA, 1960 machine

McMillan, IN, 1982 machine

Franklin, HI, 1982 machine

Curtis, TX, 1998 machine

Giacoma, CA, 1959 machine

Lilley, MI, 1955 machine

On vacation now!

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6 machines ready to go out in mid January.

A 10″ snowstorm a week ago gave us a beautiful landscape, but caused power outages and slowed down receipt of machines and parts. UPS is still days behind getting shipments to me. Our coastal city is not prepared for storms like this!

Here are a few thank you emails from recent customers.

Thank you very much for the prompt work and communication.

For a SS unit from 1985 it runs like a dream!!

Thanks Chris

Hi Jacob, Just wanted to thank you for your work on my 1957 head stock.

It arrived back home in good shape. It runs quiet, and I can move it through the speed settings with ease.

I’m very happy to have my Grandpa’s old shopsmith up and running. John

I have watched all of your videos – what an amazing gift it has been. I was given an old Mark V and I have refurbished it with much help from you. Thank you, Amy

Hello Jacob. I received my headstock today. Thank you for your service and your prompt turn around. I am impressed with your professionalism and the way you sequence your operation. Happy holidays and I hope the weather allows you to get out for a hike or a bike ride. Thanks again.

Dave

Jacob;

Thanks so much, as you can see it has been delivered. I have installed it back on the rails, plugged it in and turned it on then went up in speed and back down a couple of times. I have not made any saw dust yet;-)) The little notes and tape helped I’m sure. It hasn’t sounded so good in about 15 years.

I have a son-in-law that bought one used about like mine and if he ever has problems I’ll send him to you and your videos/webpage.

Thanks again sincerely, Rex

Jacob,
I just received the headstock via FedEx. I have reassembled the shopsmith and have test run it. As you said it was initially stiff but appears to be working well. I slowly increased and decreased motor speed and it worked well at all ranges.
I want to thank you for such wonderful service. I am grateful to have found someone who is professional, as good as their word, always prompt and very responsive. I am looking forward to working with machine. Again, thank you.

Daniel

Hello Jacob,

Just wanted to send you a quick note to say thanks again for your excellent work on my headstock. The whole machine was cleaned and waxed, headstock put on it and it’s running like new. Ready for Christmas projects!

Sure happy to have found your website.

Keep up the great work! John

My mark v is up and running again. Thank you for your help, and your videos.

Sincerely,
Chris

13 headstocks rebuilt in December 2017

162 machines rebuilt in 2017!

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

13 Headstocks rebuilt 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

Fox, VA, 1984 machine

Woolard, IL, 1984 machine

Haugen, GA, 1979 machine

Affeldt, WI, 1988 machine

Mazari, CA, 1956 machine

Stuart, FL, 1982 machine

Graceffa, IL, 1983 machine

3 on hand to rebuild, and 6 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.
Sean
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Received this am, mounted and checked out without a load. Seems great, looking forward to putting it to use.
Thanks again,Ron
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Hi Jacob- just got the Shopsmith back to gather this week, every thing seems to be perfect thanks for the Excellent work…………Robert

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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

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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
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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.
Regards
Merv

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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
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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.