My new hobby #3: Shopsmith Mark V

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Blog entry by DanClem posted 04-25-2011 09:32 PM 5306 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Over the weekend I came into possession of a 1984 Shopsmith Mark V. I spent all day Sunday hooking up and trying different configurations and after 24 hours of owning it I am a fan of Shopsmith tools. So, I’ve noticed other shopsmith owners on here and was wondering, what do I do next? It came to me 98% complete with band saw and jointer along with all the little parts for everything else. The router bits are still wax tipped from the factory almost 30 years ago. I am missing most of the guard pieces for the table saw and a coller to hold the handle for the drill press extender. (Please pardon my lack of proper terminology). I am planning on taking ti apart and cleaning everything as well as rubbing the bars with paste wax. Is there anything else I need to be aware of before I start really getting into this thing? Thanks.

-- "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Ben Franklin

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#1 posted 04-25-2011 10:12 PM

I have a Total Shop, a cheaper version of the Shopsmith Mark V. Although I don’t use it much because I have a huge shop and stand alone tools, I agree that they are great tools for people with limited space. If you want to find any missing parts, look for them on E-Bay. I see parts all the time where people are parting these machines out. I’ve ordered a few things from there. Although I don’t use mine much, I wanted it complete with all safety features. You never know what I may decided to do with it one day.


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#2 posted 04-26-2011 12:12 AM

If you haven’t already discovered it, you need to visit and join . It is a great forum and a WEALTH of knowledge on the ever useful shopsmith. The other good news is you can visit the shopsmith site and order all of those parts you are missing. They are reasonably priced, and the service is great!

Also, you can check out the Shopsmith’s Hands Online channel on youtube, some good info there as well:

Best of luck with your new toy! They are a great tool!

-- "If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original." - Sir Ken Robinson

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#3 posted 04-26-2011 12:28 AM

Congratulations on your purchase.

My “83 vintage Shopsmith has under gone all of the upgrades offered thru the years, including the new DVR powered headstock. Shopsmith has done a great job of supporting these machines with upgradable features.

The quill feed handle (513017) screws into the Quill Feed Hub (5041739). If I’m reading you correctly, this may be the part that you need.

Be sure to watch all of Nick Engler’s “Sawdust Sessions” on the Shopsmith web site. There’s a lot of useful information there.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#4 posted 04-26-2011 02:59 AM

Thanks for all the info guys, I found the shopsmith forum shortly after posting this blog and you are right, it is a wealth of knowledge. Yes, 8iowa, that is the part I’m missing. I think it’s around $20 from Shopsmith. Thanks for the part numbers. I’m going to get that and the lower saw guard first thing. Pictures are coming soon.

-- "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Ben Franklin

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#5 posted 04-26-2011 03:16 AM

Congrats on the Smith. Don’t ignore ebay for parts. You can usually (not always…sometimes people actually spend more for used stuff on ebay when the new item can be had for less) find anything you need on ebay.
If you did not get a copy of “Power Tool Woodworking for Everyone” with the machine, I HIGHLY recommend getting one for seeing the potential of the Shopsmith. I just checked Amazon,com & there are some used ones as cheap as $3.00. Any publish date after 1954 will work. It will show you how to do amazing stuff. Feel free to PM me if you get hung up on anything, I’m always glad to help a fellow “Smither”.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#6 posted 04-26-2011 01:53 PM

You ask – “What should I do next”? It is very important that you clean and lubricate. These are great machines that will last forever is cared for. A little bit of oil is about all that is absolutely necessary to keep the,m operating. A wax job now and then will keep them looking great.

As with almost all shop equipment, alignment is critical. This is especially true for the table saw. Get that table properly aligned with the blade and the fences properly aligned to the miter slots.


Make your sawdust safely.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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#7 posted 04-26-2011 11:00 PM

I have one as well its a 10ER model. Love the thing such a fun tool started making pens on it with the lathe. you can get a pen mandrel to fit the shopsmith from penn state industries. glad to see someone rescue another one of these entertaining machines.

-- Got Wood?

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#8 posted 12-16-2011 06:15 PM

Hello to all from Bassett,Va!
I came across this site while searching for parts for my Total Shop machine.
I am just getting back in to wood working after being out of it for many years. At present time I am interested in pen turning but will be doing other projects as well. I see where there are several SS owners here…Are there other otherTS owners? I am in desperate need of parts in the speed control area. If any one has access to any parts or knows some one willing to make these please let me know!
I look forward to visiting this forum again!

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