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Forum topic by dusty2 posted 01-06-2009 02:13 AM 1103 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2009 02:13 AM

I want to take this opportunity to say THANKS to all of you. I have received a very warm welcome here. I have been very active for a couple years now on the Shopsmith Forum and have now decided to broaden my source of information. I was encouraged to take a look here, by another Shopsmither who is quite impressed with you folks.

I am, however, a die hard Shopsmither and am not likely to change now. I initially purchased my Mark V because I moved around a lot. I was active duty military. The Shopsmith was ideal because it was easy to move and served all of my wood working needs. I no longer move around but I also see no need to replace the old reliable Mark V which has now been upgraded to the latest. I have added a full complement of support equipment as well.

Once again, Thank You for the very warm welcome. After lurking around here for awhile I am sure that you will become a major source of information and ideas.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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#1 posted 01-06-2009 03:31 AM

Yeah…what Barry said.

We don’t care if you use nothing but sharpened clam shells as long as you get the result you’re looking for. Welcome to LJ’s!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-06-2009 03:37 AM

Welcome! And I ‘ditto’ Barry!

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#3 posted 01-06-2009 06:42 AM

I’ve still got my Mark V

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 01-06-2009 10:08 PM

Hi Dusty,

My Mark V is 30 years old and runs like a champ. I just replaced the power switch. That’s the first thing that has ever went bad. Of course, those Shopsmiths really never wear out, do they?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 01-07-2009 12:35 AM

No, they really don’t. Mine is not quite that old but it will be someday – I count on that. I have kids and grandkids that believe they are going to be the obes to take over the shop when I quit using it. I’ve told them that they can start planning on doing so in ten years. I’m 70 (will be shortly) but don’t see any reason why I can’t breathe sawdust for at least ten more.

After that, I’ll just make sawdust and one of them can cleanup.

Keeping the headstock clean and well lubricated means a lot. I put it up in drill press mode, with the end cover off, and do the servicing about every three months. This is the time to blow out the headstock as well.

Whenever I have an occasion to drop the motor pan, I blow out the motor as well. It is amazing to me how much dust you get out of the motor it self.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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