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.


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.

12 headstocks rebuilt in April 2017

April is usually a pretty quiet month, but was a little busier than some years. I enjoyed having a few days off 

12 Headstocks rebuilt so far in April 2017:

Cullen, VA, 1986 machine 

Condos, PA, modified 1956 machine 

Rez, CA, 1989 machine 

Mustin, WA, 1955 machine 

Kroll, MI, 1979 machine 

Wornock, AR, 1985 machine 

Knapik. MA, 1955 machine 

Smith, TX, 1988 machine 

Quick tuneups for 2 travelling customers

Willner, CA, 1980 machine 

Conklin,VA, 1984 machine 

Childress, VA, 1990 machine 

3 on hand to rebuild, and 1 incoming.

Here’s are thank you emails from recent customers:

Hi Jacob,

Thanks for the prompt and thorough rebuild you did on my early 1990s machine.  I’ve had a chance to run it through it’s paces and it performs as I imagined it did brand new — perhaps better.

You are now in my permanent contact list.

Thanks again, Jim

As, for your handiwork, it was worth the two weeks it cost me without the unit (it all became a moot pointe anyway because the unit was not running anyway). The unit runs extremely well and is much quieter (to be read as tighter) than   when the unit left my place. And all for a reasonable cost!

So I say thank you for there turn-around time and a reasonable cost to repair. It was a pleasure doing business with you.



And one from a parts store customer:

Part received today(bearing and button) that was shipped Friday. Up and running! Thanks for your quick response and the video for the repair was great!

Thanks! Let me know if you need good feedback Thanks , Norm

The idler shaft/eccentric bushing/casting interface on the typical Mark V headstock. 

16 headstocks rebuilt in March, 2017

Since I began specializing in Shopsmith Mark V headstock repairs a little over 9 years ago, I have rebuilt over 1,400 units, plus scads of motors, components, and shipped thousands of videos and repair parts to do it yourselfers.

16 headstocks rebuilt in March, 2017:

Trook, PA, 1985 machine

Dickson, PA, mid 1970’s  machine 

Munson, NV, 1955 machine 

Graf, WI, 1999 machine 

Hulse, OH, 2001 machine 

Haban, AZ, 1982 machine 

Hildebrand, VA, 1954 machine

Tocco, MI, 1993 machine  

Wild, VA, 1954 machine 

Wong, CA, 1984 machine

Thompson, MN, 1984 machine  

Kulvete, CO, 1985 machine

Price, FL, 1982 machine  

Ressler, MI, 1982 machine 

Fisher, OR, 1988 machine 

Sexton, SC, 1981 machine 

 5 incoming to start April off.

Here are emails from recent repair customers:

I got the headstock this morning, Jacob, and it runs like a charm! Thank you so very much!


Thanks for the great service and rapid turnaround. Everything went is as you advertised. Glad I found your web site. Joe

Here’s a switch on a recent repair I definitely had to replace to make the machine safer!

18 headstocks rebuilt in February 2017

I am working at a near  normal pace again after my December accident. But, lots of machines are coming in so I am working 7 days a week to keep up!

18 Headstocks rebuilt in February 2017

Terwilliger, FL, 1981 machine 

Quigley, PA , 1985 machine 

Richardson, SC,  1987 machine 

Hallsell, AR,  1981 machine 

Smith, WA , 1981 machine 

Munson, MN,  1985 machine 

Medina, NJ , 1955 machine 

Beason, NV 1981 machine 

Jensen, MN, 1990 machine 

Juric, MA, 1988 machine 

Fuller, MI, 1986 machine 

Sharashkin, MO, 1981 machine 

Bird,  NY, 1985 machine

Scott, AL, 1986 machine 

Dickson, SC,  1954 machine  

Cartwright, AR, 1992 machine 

Donnelly, TN, 1982 machine 

Shuper, CA, 1980 machine 

4 on hand to rebuild going into March.

See my online store for a nice selection of oils, lubes, waxes, etc to help you repair and maintain your Mark V headstock.

A couple of nice thank you emails from recent repair customers:

Hello Jacob,  

Hope you are well.  I am sending this message on behalf of my husband,  He received the headstock that you returned to him, thank you.  He immediately put it on the machine and began to work with it!  He is very pleased with the work that you did and loves the hum of the motor.

Thank you for your promptness and efficiency, it is much appreciated.  Be well.

I would like to take this time to thank you for the outstanding work you did on my 35 yr old SS.  It’s running the best and quietest since I inherited it from my father almost 20 years ago.  And your turnaround time of a little over a week in spite of recovering from your injuries was fantastic.  I will heed your good advice on maintenance and care and look forward to working with you again in the future.


15 Headstocks rebuilt in January 2017

Due to a recent accident, I have been limiting my work to just 3 to 5 headstocks per week. I am recovering from multiple cracks in my low back, hip and pelvis, and have doctors orders to keep weight off my right leg, so I can’t stand for my normal 3 to 4 hour sessions. I am working just a couple of hours a day currently.

If you have your headstock ready to ship to me, contact me for shipping address.

Headstocks rebuilt in January 2017:

Bowdler, NY, 1980 machine 

Davies, PA, 1987 machine 

Bozyczko #1, NY 1993 machine 

Bozyczko #2, NY converted greenie

Dibble, NY, 1989 machine 

Thorne, AL, 1981 machine 

Stamm, IN, 1970’s machine 

Hankins, KS, 2000 machine 

Dodge, MA, 1981 machine 

Corbett, VA 1993 machine

Whitten, TN, 1982 machine  

Winans, FL, 1979 machine

Olsen, NV, 1981 machine  

Moxley, OH, 1970’s machine 

Flannery, SC, 1982 machine 

4 more on hand to repair, 1 incoming.
Here’s the internal switch on a beautiful Franklin 3/4 hp motor from a greenie Mark V

171 headstocks rebuilt in 2016

I accepted a very limited number of machines in December due first to the holidays and then later because of an accident that left me with a cracked pelvis.

4 Headstocks rebuilt in December 2016

Philipsen, MN, 1981 machine 

Hall, NY, 1982 machine 

Mayfield, TX, 1959 machine 

Waters, IN, 1982 machine 

2 left on hand to be rebuilt, 3 incoming going into the New Year.

Here are some recent thank you emails:

Jacob, Just wanted to get back to you and let you know your videos rock!! Due to them and your email advice I was able to replace my broken part, Control Sheave Assembly, and get my machine up and running smooth. Thank you sooo much! ~Todd


Hi Jacob, I received my headstock today and installed it back  on my machine. Thank you very much for your expertise in bringing this back to life. It was 63 years old when I sent it to you for repair!  Now that it is repaired, it should last at least another 63 years! Thank you again. Marvin


Jacob:  My Shopsmith arrived and is working well.  Thank you for your excellent and timely work! Stuart


Good Morning Jacob! The headstock arrived yesterday afternoon.  I reinstalled it on the frame and started it up – it runs great and, as I had hoped, the speed changer works better than ever.  I guess the original owner didn’t follow your instructions about not trying to change speeds unless running – it makes problems for the quadrant gear.  Thanks for the quick turn-around.  I haven’t had a chance to look at the DVD and trouble-shooting guide yet, but I’ll go through them before I have too many hours runtime. Eric

Here’s a really poor design for a centrifugal switch in an Emerson motor from a recent repair. Fortunately,  few Emersons had this style of switch. It was melted from heat.