I bought a used Shopsmith Mark V about four years ago. It came with a whole bunch of extras, but until recently I had never tried out what looked like an air compressor and spray attachment. I admit it looked a bit scary to me :) But when I cleaned out my shop today (a floor remodel is coming soon), I figured blowing compressed air around with one fan on the south window and another on the north window would be great to get get rid of all the dust along the walls (I have a shelving system salvaged from a Borders close-out).
So I got out the old compressor. It connects to the lower shaft of the motor, not to the upper one like most other accessories. I did not even know that I could use the other shaft… I cleaned the shaft, connected everything, put some safety glasses and ear plugs on, and started the Shopsmith at low speed. It worked perfectly. A smooth rattling sound and that old old hose was still air tight and blew out air.
Although the previous owner had all kinds of documentation for the Shopsmith, there was nothing on this item. It looks like it’s from another company, and converted to fit the Shopsmith. There are pulleys, but they are not used as far as I can see. There is nothing like it in the current Shopsmith catalog.
Does anybody have one, or know anything else about it?