Shopsmith table saw blade replacement

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Blog entry by ManofStone posted 04-26-2011 06:27 PM 14528 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone, I received a Shopsmith Mark V model 510 from a family member. It was very rusted but overall in good shape. I removed all the rust and am starting the adjustments. I cannot figure out how to remove the table saw blade. Does anyone know how to remove/replace it?
I would also like everyone’s opinion of the Shopsmith. I was saving up for a table saw and am hoping that I can use this one. I like the idea of the all in one machine as it will be great for my small workspace. This machine came with the band saw, and a 4” jointer attachments.
Thanks for your help and opinions,
Tom Stone

-- ManofStone trying to become a woodworker

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View harrywho's profile


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#1 posted 04-26-2011 07:24 PM

I used to have a Shopsmith Mark V 510. I sold it about 10 years ago not because I didn’t like it but because we were moving a couple thousand miles and I didn’t want to haul it anymore.
You may still want to get a tablesaw because of the small size of the table on the Mark V. With the extensions you can crosscut but ripping is a chore.
If I remember right you should have a large flat wrench that fits the two flats on the nut that holds the blade on, than use your allan wrench to remove the arbor itself from the spindle. The Shopsmith’s arbor only fits their blades but you can get a 5/8” arbor, that fits standard blades, as an accessory. (As a matter of fact I think I may have one somewhere in my shop that I kept because I had a blade on it that I wanted to keep.)
Hope this helps,

-- Harry, Indiana

View jumbojack's profile


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#2 posted 04-26-2011 11:35 PM

If you want to remove the blade from the machine, there is an allen screw on the arbor. Just loosen it and the blade will come off. Please be sure to unplug the machine when performing this task.
If you want to remove the arbor from the blade you need two wrenches, keep in mind those are left hand threads. If you are still having problems let me know.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Joe Watson

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#3 posted 04-26-2011 11:46 PM

Are you saying the blade is still attached to the headstock? If that is the case the way the saw attaches is that its got an arbor the blade attaches to and the arbor attaches to the headstock via a set screw that holds it on the head spindle. before doing anything make sure the machine is unplugged then get a wrench for the arbor nut and grab the blade and twist the arbor nut to remove the blade itself then find the set screw on the arbor itself and loosen it to remove it. if either are rusted get some penetrating oil that will help loosen either of the threads involved.

edit: not trying to duplicate this just didnt get it in before jumbojack got his in lol :)

I have an older model of the machine and occasionaly you get people that just dont like them and most of the people who complain the most about them havent used one. it is a great machine for a small shop. I personally love mine. once you get it clean and running again you will enjoy it as well. I use the lathe most but have used other functions without much complaint. I dont have a bandsaw with mine though i hear its a great tool to have. I have an older machine and I think it originally came with the arbor for a 5/8ths inch arbor blade. so if the arbor is too expensive you can get on ebay and look for parts for the shopsmith 10ER or 10E and find the arbor there.

-- Got Wood?

View Bluepine38's profile


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#4 posted 04-27-2011 03:57 PM

The first thing you need to do is get “Power tool woodworking for everyone” It is a book that should
come with every Shopsmith, if you do not have it, it is available from Amazon (less expensive here) or
from Shopsmith. I know that you only read the manual if all else fails,LOL, but this is one machine where
I think the manual is a necessity. I agree with Joe that it is a great machine for a small shop, but it is
also a nice starter tool if you can get it for the right price and you can go up from there. Have fun
learning and enjoy your shop, big or small.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

View ManofStone's profile


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#5 posted 04-27-2011 07:38 PM

Thanks everyone, I found the set screw and removed it. Harrywho you are correct about the arbor size. I guess a trip to the local store is in order as the blades from Shopsmith are expensive. Does anyone know if they are worth it? I have a lot of woodworking books but not the “Power tool woodworking for everyone” I will have to check that out. I do have the manual for it, and it is great for doing the adjustments ( I think) but the simple act of replacing the blade was not in there. It also came with a “exercise” manual that takes you through the use of every facet of the shopsmith which I am looking forward to doing.
So I will check out the book and check ebay for the 5/8” arbor.
Thanks again.

-- ManofStone trying to become a woodworker

View harrywho's profile


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#6 posted 05-17-2011 05:11 PM

I ran across my 5/8” arbor today. Did you get one yet? If not I will take $20 for it including shipping. Being a fellow Lumberjock I will ship it to you and you can send me a check after you’ve recieved it. Send me an email if interested with your shipping address.


-- Harry, Indiana

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