woodworker (except SMITTY, of course) has ALL the answers. From time-to-time,
everyone hits a snag, trying to figure out some sort of in-shop problem.
Don't worry, SMITTY can help. Just use the special e-mail link to send your questions to SMITTY. He’ll do his best to get back to you soon, with the answers to those questions.
Here are the questions . . . and SMITTY’S answers for this issue!
If you're having a problem
setting-up, aligning or maintaining your Shopsmith equipment, you should
contact Shopsmith's Technical Support Staff (NOT Smitty).
Unfortunately, we recommend that the average home shop woodworker have these bits sharpened by a reputable local sharpening service. Forstner bits have several critical angles that must be carefully maintained during he sharpening process. Unless you happen to be extremely adept at sharpening and have the proper jigs and other sharpening aids, it's not worth risking your investment by sharpening these yourself.
neglected MARK V back to life
Remove the rust, blow out any dust, give the machine a good cleaning, coat all surfaces that slide against one another or a workpiece (such as the worktable, miter gauge bar, quill, etc.) with either paste wax or a special coating such as Dri-Cote or Top-Cote.
Lubricate, following the directions in your owner's manual. If you don't have an owner's manual, you should call Shopsmith Customer Services Toll-Free at 1-800-543-7586 and order one so you know the proper procedures.
Just remember NOT to turn the speed dial unless the machine is running. This is VERY IMPORTANT!
If you have problems with your machine after this (you shouldn't), call the TOLL-FREE Tech Services hotline at 1-800-762-7555 for assistance.
link-type belts in MARK V's
I'm afraid not. We do NOT recommend replacing the Motor Drive Belt with a link-type belt. The RPM's of the MARK V's speed control system are critical and will be adversely affected by using these link-type belts. We strongly advise you to use only Shopsmith-manufactured belts on your MARK V. If you need help choosing the correct belt, just call Customer Services TOLL-FREE.