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11 years 2 months ago #9404 by SDSSmith
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I have owned and used Shopsmiths for years, and I have been lurking
here because of an interest in the Sawsmith. Yesterday, I went and
looked at one and could not leave without putting it in the back of
my truck. Unfortunately, the original documentation was gone but it,
otherwise, seems pretty complete. It is missing the anti-kickback
bar or whatever it is called.

It came with the add-a-tool bracket, a bunch of pulleys, bandsaw,
belt sander and compressor. Additionally, it has a few Sawsmith
arbors, and both arbor nuts for the output shafts. I was surprised
to see a shaper cutter and some rub collars - no shaper arbor.

The speed knob had no affect on the machine's speed. A little lube
and excercise freed up the sheaves and now it changes speeds. I
still haven't been able to figure out how to rotate the headstock on
the arm. I freed up the release pin, but it is still no go.

Is there anything I should be wary of? The switch seems a little
flakey, can these be cleaned up? Amazingly, I do have the key to the
switch and the key to door on the cabinet.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Rob
Sawsmith s/n715497 in San Diego

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11 years 2 months ago #9471 by johnmccrossen
johnmccrossen replied the topic: Re:New SawSmith Owner
rsdiggs,

You can still get a copy of the owners manual and parts list from Shopsmith Customer Service. You can find the info on the Shopsmith web page. I scored on a 1959 model awhile back for $10.00 and was able to get it functional. I had many of the same issues that it sounds like you have. Lots of elbow grease and a few parts like new drive belt and spindle bearings but not too much else so far. My biggest problem was to unstick the radial arm from the pivot post. That was difficult. I still need to paint mine to match the two Mark V goldies that I have but the project is set aside for now. Anyway, good luck and have fun. It sounds like you got some good accessories that will be fun to get rehabilitated. John McCrossen

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11 years 1 month ago #9520 by SDSSmith
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I found a copy of the manual. I am not sure I care, but I have not been able to release the headstock to rotate it on the arm.

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11 years 1 month ago #9523 by johnmccrossen
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rsdiggs,
The only way I was able to free up the arm to rotate (once the release pin was removed) was to keep soaking the tube with penetrating oil from the top. I removed the large snap ring on the top of the pivot tube so the penetrant could get directly between the tube and the casting where it pivots. After soaking for several days, I just kept jerking on the arm and bumping it with a dead-blow hammer. (Almost tipped it over a few times also). Anyway it finally moved much to my surprise. Then the more I worked it, the better it got. Unfortunately after making a new table and getting it to where I could actually make a cut with it, I found other things to play with, so now it's sort of resting in a corner. It was still a fun project. Good luck. John McCrossen

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11 years 1 month ago #9529 by SDSSmith
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My arm releases and rotates on the column just fine. Up and down on the column are great. I just haven't been able to rotate the headstock (for ripping). I have freed up the locking mechanism, but it still won't rotate.

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11 years 1 month ago #9534 by johnmccrossen
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rsdiggs,

I misunderstood which part you can not move.

You might try removing the locking pin mounting assembly and squirting penetrant down into the hole where the pin goes into the yoke. You can also try squirting penetrant between the mounting plate and the yoke, maybe it will soak in there. I ended up removing the motor and drive unit so I could fix the varispeed pulleys and replace the spindle bearings. This made it easier to work on the yoke pivot. In looking at the exploded view of the parts list today, I noticed that there is a set screw in the locknut for the pivot bearing. I would think that if you loosened the set screw, you could then loosen the locknut a little and that should allow you to free things up. I would clearly mark the locknut position before if you try this so you can get it back to the original position. I don't know if these suggestions will help you, but good luck anyway. John McCrossen

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