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Forum topic by jeffl posted 08-06-2014 06:47 PM 425 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jeffl

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08-06-2014 06:47 PM

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I bought an older shopsmith a few years back . I don’t think it always was this hard to move but it never slid easily in my opinion . Last night I cleaned the tubes with denatured alcohol and scotchbrite. Then I waxed them with car wax . I used a come along to pull the head back and forth and it got easier but still a little tight in the middle . Any ideas out there ?

-- Jeff,


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#1 posted 08-06-2014 06:52 PM

Tube bent? I’d squat down at the end and site along each one or put a level to it .

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#2 posted 08-06-2014 07:03 PM

There’s no obvious damage to the tubes .

-- Jeff,

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#3 posted 08-06-2014 07:12 PM

Johnson’s Paste Wax.
Check out the ShopSmith forum for everything you ever needed to know about SS equipment.
Your headstock locks could be gummed up a bit. Have you cleaned inside lately?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 07:54 PM

Never cleaned inside . At a quick glance I’d need to unhook the motor to get inside . I wondered if the lock was releasing all the way . It holds good when turning .

-- Jeff,

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#5 posted 08-06-2014 07:54 PM

Never cleaned inside . At a quick glance I’d need to unhook the motor to get inside . I wondered if the lock was releasing all the way . It holds good when turning .

-- Jeff,

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#6 posted 08-06-2014 11:22 PM

The wedges can get gummed up with sawdust, oil etc and they may not release well when you back off the lock. Ask on the SS forum and people with much more experience than me will give you lots of advice.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#7 posted 08-07-2014 12:43 AM

Wedge / inside lock was stuck . Works like a charm now . Thanks

-- Jeff,

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#8 posted 08-07-2014 03:35 PM

Why do you want to slide the headstock? All the functions of a Shopsmith can be done with the headstock in one fixed position.

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#9 posted 08-07-2014 08:27 PM

You might want to move the head stock if you are turning a longer or shorter piece.

I have a Shopsmith that I use for lots of odd things and end up moving the head stock all the time.

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