Examples of typical headstock repairs

1956 headstock (greenie)

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Customer ordered painting. Motor had been previously worked on by motor shop. Parts replaced by me:
Drive sleeve bearings
Quill bearing
Switch
Gilmer belt
Drive belt
Control sheave bearing

1959 machine (greenie)

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Upper belt (gilmer) broken and missing
Replaced stiff drive belt
On/off switch broken
Electric cord casing crumbling and dangerous
Both motor bearings rough
Control sheave bearing noisy
Quill bearing rough
Drive sleeve bearings rough

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1962 machine (brownie)

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Both belts stiff from age, drive belt worn too narrow.
Drive sleeve bearings very rough, almost impossible to turn by hand.
Quill bearing also very rough.
Motor bearings also quite bad, one almost impossible to turn by hand.
On/off switch intermittent due to age and dust infiltration.
This was a machine from later 1962, when they had switched over to the poly v drive, and changed to the 1-1/8 hp motor.

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1970’s machine

Motor fried from sawdust buildup
Quill bearing
Drive sleeve bearings
Switch
Poly V belt

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1986 machine

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It is now 29 years old, and needed the typical for this age.
Both belts getting stiff and distorted (any belt about 25 years old I will automatically replace).
Drive sleeve bearings dry and getting rough and noisy.
Both quill bearings too.
Replace on/off switch due to age and probable dust infiltration.

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1990 machine

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Control sheave bearing
Speed control quadrant
Poly v belt
Drive belt
Drive sleeve bearings
Quill bearings

2000 machine

Capacitor on motor went bad
Replaced narrow drive belt
Replaced unreliable safety key switch with the good rocker switch I sell
Drive sleeve bearings starting to get noisy
Quill bearings too.

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One thought on “Examples of typical headstock repairs

  1. I am so happy to see that there is a way to get repairs on my shop smith. we are in the process of moving and when settled I will be in touch. I have loved being able to have and use my shop smith. I did not know they were out of business .
    Thanks Francis Malloy now at Yuma Az.

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