Ever since I was a kid I have always wanted a Shop Smith. Don't ask me why just something about the way it looks and the concept behind all the different ways to use the tool. I had seen an ad in the back of a wood working magazines and sent away for the information not knowing really all that much about them (other than they looked cool). After watching the video I was hooked right up to the point where my wife said the price. 3,000 on a military salary just doesn't cut it for a hobby want. So I tucked the thought away and a few years later I see an add on craigslist for a 10er for 95.00 dollars. Not bad but I didnt react quick enough although it had the wheels turning again. So I checked out ebay. Lo and Behold there was a Mark V Shop Smith with almost every single attachment. Bandsaw, Scroll Saw, Belt Sander, Jointer, plus all the regular functions of the Shop Smith like the disc sander, saw, drill press, lathe. Well it was going for 500 and local pick up only. That killed the auction for them right there because they were out in BFE. It was 150 miles from my house. Next they had no bids so after the auction ended I summited my offer. Well below the min and well now I own it.
I had seen the pictures in the action and was prepared for the worse and while there is alot of surface rust from being kept in a barn for 10 years and no maintenance done on it for 10 years I didnt think it looked all that bad. Now I know not to start things up that you dont know how they worked but the previous owner had the neighbor come give me a hand loading everything up. I turned around for a moment and sure enough he was plugging it in. I told him it wasn't necassary to start it but he didnt listen. Well I know that the motor works now along with the speed changer. Purred like a kitten. So I get it home and have a closer look at it. The internals of almost everything is beautiful not rust at all. The outside if everything is well coated in it.
Im going to start this rebuild one piece at a time and will take pictures along the way. This is really going to be fun for me for acouple of reasons. One, the only thing electric on the whole saw is the switch and motor. Two, every thought this saw is over 20 years old I can still to this day get every single replacement part that is needed to bring it back to life. And the prices are not that crazy. This is great because I can see a lot of small hardware already missing and broken. Caster wheels, screws here and there.
Well with out further due some photos of the rust bucket. Anyone have any suggestion on how to remove the rust from the way tubes. The Shopsmith school said to soak them in potato water for 2 weeks and they should come back really nice. I might just try it to see if it works.
Link to all the photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/3051900...7607250588159/