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MAY/JUN 2004
Volume 47/Issue 3


IN THIS ISSUE
Project Articles
Hanging Glass Door Cabinets
Outdoor Duckboards
Adjustable Plant Shelf

DEPARTMENTS
Ask Smitty
Owner’s Gallery
Letters from Owners
New Baby Workshop Calendar
 
Academy Notes
The Ins and Outs of Using Woodturning Chisels
 
Service Pointers
Shopsmith Jigsaw Troubleshooting
 
Safety Tips
All about Respirators and Dust Masks

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Service Pointers
Shopsmith Jigsaw Troubleshooting

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Due to the complexity of older-style jigsaws (ss compared to today's modern Scroll Saws), our Shopsmith Jigsaws are susceptible to a number of problems. For that reason, we are going to be covering General Operaional problems, as well as problems with the Table System, Blades and Blade Guides in this issue.

GENERAL PROBLEMS

Problem
Possible Cause

Solution

Drive shaft heats-up &/or head vibrates

Bearings worn


Drive hub loose

If driven by V-belt, belt may be too tight

Drive shaft pulley loose

Oil level low

Replace bearings (factory job)

Tighten drive hub

Loosen belt tension


Seccure pulley

Add oil to reservoir

Tool won't start or starts slow

Machine stiff from cold


Capacitor on motor defective

Motor defective

Slow MARK V speed setting to "A"

Warm shop to 55-degrees or above

Replace capacitor (factory job)

Replace or rebuild (factory job) motor

Power coupler difficult to install

Drive hubs out of alignment

Re-align drive hubs

Mounting tubes difficult to insert in power mount

Tubes out of alignment

Re-align tubes

TABLE PROBLEMS

Problem
Possible Cause

Solution

Table hard to tilt

Foreign material between trunion & base

Burrs on trunion or in slots in base

Tilt lock too tight

Remove table, clean trunion

 

Remove burrs with fine file


Loosen tilt lock

Table not tilted as indicated

Vernier scale out of alignment

Table warped

Re-align vernier scales

Replace table

Table wobbles or moves

Tilt lock not secure

Trunion bolts not secure

Tighten tilt lock

Tighten trunion bolts

Table insert rubs blade

Insert not properly oriented

Lower blade chuck jaws not properly centered

Turn table insert until blade operates freely

Center lower blade chuck jaws

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