|Forum topic by Tony||posted 05-27-2011 03:24 AM||1757 views||0 times favorited||0 replies|
05-27-2011 03:24 AM
I have a 1955 Shopsmith Mark V that had stopped working last fall. After a long woodworking session, it suddenly started slowing down, got very loud, then CLUNK! The case was very, very hot. I thought I had killed it. I let it sit for a few days, and tried turning it back on. The motor ran, but the drive shafts didn’t, although the main drive shaft spun freely by hand. I assumed bearings were shot on at least one shaft, and the drive belt was toast. I’ve had it apart before when I swapped the motor in 1990 or so, but I didn’t relish tearing into it again, especially since I had no idea how extensive the damage may be.
A couple of weeks ago, I discovered Jacob Anderson’s eBay ad, and his web site. His claims were remarkable, and his feedback profile on eBay was outstanding. After carefully reading every page of his personal site and his eBay pages several times, and looking for reviews of his service, I decided to take the plunge and send my Shopsmith headstock to him for service.
I received the headstock back early this afternoon – only 13 days after dropping it at the FedEx depot. The machine has never run better. It is quiet, runs cooler, and is vibration free. As I suspected, several bearings and the drive belt needed replacing. He disassembled, cleaned, lubricated, and adjusted everything. I didn’t realize how much I relied on the Shopsmith until it wasn’t working, and now it is like having a brand new machine. I spent most of the afternoon and evening catching up on some projects, with occasional rest breaks for me and the machine.
I know I’ve seen at least one post on LJ where a fellow disassembled, repaired, and restored his old green Shopsmith down to stripping and repainting the body. I remember it looked great, like it was right out of the showroom. However, if you are like me and have neither the proper tools nor the knowhow for such a venture, I can highly recommend the service offered by Jacob Anderson. It only cost me a little over $300, including shipping both ways, although I am only about 350 miles from him.