shop smith v 5 , speed dial won't make speed go up

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Forum topic by Jeffery Mullen posted 07-04-2013 06:33 AM 4752 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeffery Mullen

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07-04-2013 06:33 AM

Hi just got a shop smith v 5 and all the accessories to it for $ 100.00 from a guy that wanted it to go to a good home. It is 30 years old . His dad used it for a wile and turned the speed dial on it with the motor off and now the shop smith gear is stuck on the low gear. any ways do I need to take both wheels out and clean them so they open with high speed or is it the speed dial that needs a new part ???

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#1 posted 07-04-2013 08:36 PM

Can’t tell from that description, but there are a couple of things you can try. First, put the sanding disk on the shaft and turn it toward you while you gently and slowly turn the speed dial up to a higher speed and then turn it slowly back down. Turn it on and see if it starts on the slow speed. If that doesn’t work, go to:

Nick Engler shows you how to take apart and replace the whole speed control. That will at least let you take it apart and evaluate if you need any parts. Parts can be ordered through ShopSmith or (if you’re patient) they will probably show up on eBay. Just search for Shopsmith on eBay. The ShopSmith Academy web site should be your go-to place for working on the ShopSmith.

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Jeffery Mullen

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#2 posted 07-05-2013 02:42 AM

Thanks for the info I did take the motor off and the large belt off and cleaned the pulley farthest from the dial gear. I got the inner shell all cleaned . I didn’t get the 2nd Pulley off and the smaller belt off. The belts are in good shape. Inside the shell where the gears and motor fits was just thick caked down sawdust of 30 years of use. I will check out the sight on how to take apart the motor mount and all the inner parts and clean it all up.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#3 posted 07-10-2013 10:44 AM

There is lots of good information on the shopsmith forum.

-- Robert in Tallahassee Florida,

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