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Forum topic by scottz posted 02-13-2009 06:44 PM 8039 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2009 06:44 PM

I know several jocks have done great restorations on Shopsmiths, so I’m hopeful someone can help me with my simple question.

I recently bought a Mark V off Craigslist. The motor would only hum, so I got it for a song.

Long story short, I’ve got the thing running (like a champ, I think), but I’m concerned about the wire routing inside the headstock. Currently, everything is sort of just hanging out in there, I don’t see any retainers or anything to keep them out of the way of moving parts and I imagine it’s only a mater of time before something goes wrong…

So, can someone explain the proper wire routing/securing between the motor and the switch? Are there supposed to be retainer clips or zip ties or what?

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 02-13-2009 07:10 PM

Here’s a great video on cleaning/etc.. of the Mark 5 and things to look at. In the video they had some wiring issues and replaced the cord—doesn’t look like there’s any special about wiring retention to the switch. Somewhere there’s some diagrams—might be there or somewhere else. Let me know!

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#2 posted 02-13-2009 09:14 PM

Hi Scott, You might consider joining the Shopsmith Users group on YahooGroups. Find ‘em here.
Really a great bunch of guys, very helpful plus a “library” for all things SS.
There’s also a users group specifically for the 10ER. They’re below:
Good luck, Rocky

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#3 posted 02-13-2009 11:19 PM

You could also join the Official Shopsmith Forum. Just wire tie the wires together. The area above the motor to the switch does not have any gears, etc to rub on the wiring as long as you keep the wires away from the pork chop. Most SS’s to not have any clips.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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