April 2019

My repair shop and my web store were closed for a trip but are open now.

Reservation slots for headstock repairs for April have sold out since they opened on Sunday.

4 headstocks on hand to be rebuilt, 6 incoming, slots for April have sold out already. Next slots will open in May.

Be sure to see the FAQs page here to answer most questions you may have.

Be sure to utilize the extensive information provided here on this web site to help you with maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs to your Mark V headstock.

10 headstocks rebuilt in March 2019

Slots for March sold out in 24 hours. The next slots won’t open until April 14 due to a trip early April. My hands are somewhat better, but get sore fast if I work a couple of days in a row. I may need carpal tunnel surgery in both wrists if I am not careful, which is why I am taking fewer machines currently and trying to space out work.

Headstocks rebuilt in March 2019

Nelson, CO, 1981 machine

Hendricks, SC 1980 machine

Koone, TX, 1978 machine

Chapman, PA, 1983 machine

Nousaine, CA, 1956 machine

Hitchcock, WV, 1955 machine

Serinese, NJ, 1982 machine

VanBuskirk, TN, 1984 machine

Dugan, PA, 1956 machine

Condit, UT, 1955 machine

That’s all the machines I accepted for the month to help give my hands some recovery time.

7 headstocks rebuilt in February 2019

I am suffering more and more from carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis in my hands, so I am doing very limited numbers of repairs for some relief.

I am taking a very limited number of machines for repair right now (just 10 for March). My hands are very beat up from years of hard work, and I’m limiting work to every other day, just 3 machines a week.

March slots sold out in a day. Next slots won’t open until late April.

Headstocks rebuilt in February:

Perucci, GA, 1981 machine

Burpee, TX, 1956 machine

Avery #2, CT, 2007 machine

Galkiewicz, NY, 1986 machine

Zemcuznikov, MO, 1978 machine

Wales, CO, 1955 machine

Larson, SD, 1984 machine

3 headstocks on hand to be rebuilt, and 7 incoming for March.

These replacement items are typically needed for a 10+ year old headstock to operate correctly: both belts, drive sleeve bearings, quill bearing and switch.

10 headstocks rebuilt in January 2019

Web store will be closed from 9 am EST Friday Jan 25 until Saturday Feb 2 for a winter get away trip.

10 headstocks rebuilt in January 2019

Hamilton, PA, 1956 machine

Anderson, MA, 1981 machine

Cusack, MA, 1974 machine

Blake, NY, 1953 machine

Nicholson, WA, 1978 machine

Finley, MO, 1981 machine

Braid, WA, 1981 machine

Sperry, CA, 1989 machine

Rohrer, IL, 1961 machine

Avery, CT, 1981 machine

That’s all I’m doing this month and now I’m taking a 2 week break from the mechanical work due to carpal tunnel syndrome and bad arthritic pains in my hands.

Some thank you emails from recent customers:

Thank you. I received the headstock today. I look forward to finishing the restoration and using the Shopsmith. Have a Merry Christmas!

The Christ is Risen, Damian

Thanks Jacob. I received my headstock Friday and installed it today. Thanks for the quick turnaround and the great job. Steve

12 headstocks rebuilt in December 2018

155 headstocks rebuilt in 2018

Wintertime is a great time to get your tools in order, because you know you will be busy with spring projects soon.

12 Headstocks rebuilt in December 2018

Guest, OK, 1955 machine

Starr, TX, 1981 machine

Brown, AL, 1985 machine

Nordby, CA, 1981 machine

Linebaugh, MI, 1981 machine

Woodley, VA, 1982 machine

Brown, OH, 1982 machine

McCoy, CA, 1983 machine

Harty, TN, 1984 machine

Minagil, NV, 1989 machine

Lisiewski, IL, 1959 machine

Galligher, MN, 1984 machine

1 on hand to be rebuilt, and 9 currently incoming for January.

Slots for December filled up and slots for January repairs already sold out.

Here are a few recent thank you emails.

Jacob – Thanks for helping me out the Greenie runs great have a safe and happy holiday season. Dan

Jacob, I received the headstock. Everything looks good. Thanks for the quick turnaround.

Hope you have a great Holiday Season! Take care, Terry

Mr. Anderson, I binge watched all of your you tube videos today so I would have a full understanding of the inner working of the machine. To say the least, I am very impressed how you have carved out a niche with the internet so you can have a cottage industry and reach out, literally, to the world. Congratulations, you are a unique man. Incidentally, watching your metamorphosis through the videos when you are visible, is interesting.

My parts inventory is usually about $20,000 in cost. I stock everything I could possibly need for Mark V headstock repairs, and I sell over 80 items in my online store for maintenance and do it yourselfers.

12 headstocks rebuilt in November 2018

Cold weather is here and it is perfect for repair projects and gift making.

12 Headstocks rebuilt in November 2018

Wedge, FL, 1985 machine

Langford, WI, 1956 machine

Zajac, TX, 1956 machine

Worsham, CA, 1970s machine

Wilkins, MD, 1979 machine

Dodge, CT, 1991 machine

Magin, VA, 1989 machine

Devine, CA, 1993 machine

Hines, ME, 1985 machine

Wilson, OK, mid 1970s machine

Martin, VA, 1992 machine

Hehman, IN, 1980 machine

2 headstocks currently on hand to be rebuilt and 3 incoming for December.

I have received a lot of thank you emails from repair, parts and video customers this past month. Here are a few:

Been ripping 3” walnut the motor/drive doesn’t even heat up. Building Christmas presents. Thanks again for the rebuild. Brent

Thank you Jacob. I appreciate it. I’m looking forward to using my Shopsmith for another 30 years! Ernie

Great news! I followed your video and have everything working correctly! Thank you for all your help!! Chuck

Hello Jacob – The headstock has been received and remounted – thanks for the thorough job with all of the printed warnings, etc. Robert

Good Evening Jacob, I want to thank you for sending out my new power switch and pigtails. (and cool Eklund 5/32” T-handle hex wrench)
Thank you so much for all the great stuff you have put out there for us. Matthew

Hi Jacob, I received the Fed Ex shipping statement. Thank you so much for your swift service! I can’t wait to get the Shopsmith up and running again! Jim

Jacob,I received my headstock yesterday, on schedule. Unpacked it today, and plan to mount it this weekend. Thanks for resurrecting it for me, and for the tips. I’m looking forward to putting it to use. -Greg

thanks for your speedy service. gary

Jacob- Letting you know that I’ve received the headstock and already have it re-installed. No problems with the shipping. I’m very happy with the work and the turnaround-time. I’m back in business! -Tony

14 headstocks rebuilt in October 2018

Fall is coming fast, so send in your headstock now so your machine is ready for your fall and winter fix up and gift making projects. Slots for headstock repairs for November are open now. See my web store to secure your position in line.

14 Headstocks rebuilt in October, 2018

Gentile, CT, 1954 machine

Evetts, TX, 1956 machine

Stedman, GA, 1982 machine

McCready, MN, 1985 machine

Deck, CO, 1956 machine

Bott, TN, 1984 machine

Page, NY, 1981 machine

McKinley, ME, 1981 machine

Doyle, NC, 1981 machine

Farrell, FL, 1985 machine

Atwell, TX, 2005 machine

Linde, PA, 1970s machine

Scannell, TX, 1970s machine

Slaton, OK, 1989 machine

2 headstocks on hand to be rebuilt, and 4 incoming for November work.

Here are a few recent thank you emails from customers:

Thank you for your parts and service. The machine is back and running again! Andy

I put it together today and I am very pleased with the way it runs.
Thanks again, it was well worth the money.


Jacob.. Just wanted to say thanks for the great service! I placed my order on monday and it arrived on friday!! I’ve owned shopsmiths over the past 45 yrs….fun machine for the home shop. Jim

Jacob, received my headstock today. Wow, what a difference. Thanks for restoring my fathers Shopsmith. I’m sure my grandson will enjoy it when it comes his turn. Thanks for your help. Bob

After determining what parts i needed (Thanks to your videos), I placed an order Thursday evening. They were in my hand from Virginia to Oregon on Monday morning!! What great service!!


Jacob, I received the headstock today, mounted it and ran it. It is working fine. Thanks for getting it back to me. Hopefully the hurricane is not affecting you too severely. Fred

Ignoring bad noises causes extra damage in a machine. Stop and investigate!

10 headstocks rebuilt in September, 2018

Two things disrupted my work flow this month. Hurricane Florence was close but spared us. And I had the first week of the month off for a family wedding out of town. But the remainder of the month went fine.

Headstocks rebuilt in September, 2018

Baudais, WI, 1989 machine

Miller, VA, 1990 machine

Hoppe, CA, 1990 machine

Groth, KS, 1986 machine

White, IL, 1981 machine

Stickley, AZ, 1978 machine

Hansmeyer, TX, 1954 machine

Smith, CA, 1978 machine

Santos, TX, 2000 machine

Smith, GA, 1983 machine

2 headstocks on hand to rebuild, and 1 incoming for next month. Only accepting a total of 15 machines for October so send yours in soon!

Here are a few recent thank you emails from recent customers:

Jacob, A real pleasure to work with this again. Runs very smooth and adjusts so easily. Thanks for your expertise and fine work.

And….the Quick Turnaround! Brent

I got my saw in the mail today (1:30 est), and i’ve tried it out and it works. Thanks so much for getting it done so quickly. Bill

I received my shopsmith on Friday from fedex. Works and sounds like it did in 81. Thank you for your work and your prompt responses. My daughters have a list of projects ready for me😀 Steve

Mr. Anderson,

I received my overhauled headstock on Thursday, right on schedule. I installed it on its rails and plugged it in. The headstock purrs like a kitten. Thank you very much for your work on it. The process is transparent, the turnaround is fast, and the repair gives me essentially a brand-new machine.
Thanks again for your fantastic service. Best regards, Paul

10 headstocks rebuilt in August 2018

For September I am again accepting only a maximum of 15 headstocks for the month. Slots for repairs for September are now available.

Headstocks rebuilt in August, 2018

Howard, WA, 1996 machine

Derenthal, FL, 1981 machine

Ridder, MO, 1981 machine

Theis, NY, 1979 machine

Ranallo, GA, 1979 machine

Crandall, TN, 1977 machine

Heath, ID, 1962 machine

Nelson, NE, 1980 machine

Salwasser, MN, 1956 machine

Strauss, VA, 1988 machine

No headstock on hand to be rebuilt, but 3 incoming for September repair.

Here are some recent thank you emails from customers:

Wow this was fast! Thank you so much. I am looking forward to using my shop smith again. Keith

Mr. Anderson, I received my overhauled headstock on Thursday, right on schedule. I installed it on its rails and plugged it in. The headstock purrs like a kitten. Thank you very much for your work on it. The process is transparent, the turnaround is fast, and the repair gives me essentially a brand-new machine.

Thanks again for your fantastic service. Best regards, Paul

Hello Jacob, I got the machine back together and it runs smooth and quiet. Thanks for your help, great videos. John

I received my shopsmith on Friday from fedex. Works and sounds like it did in 81. Thank you for your work and your prompt responses. My daughters have a list of projects ready for me😀 Steve

Wow Jacob, You have been such a pleasure to work with. Your business model is superb. I can not thank you enough. I wish you the best of all good things.

Thanks again Jacob. It’s assembled and working great. It is a great service you provide for Shop Smith owners. Even for greenies like mine.



Don’t ignore metal on metal grinding sounds or you can cause even more damage. Stop the machine and inspect!

11 headstocks rebuilt in July 2018

July started off slower because of the awkwardly placed July 4 holiday. But I stayed busy sending out parts, manuals, video links, etc for my web store. I am now only accepting a max of 15 machines per month for repair, and slots for July sold out. I just opened 15 slots for August as well so secure your spot if you need work done on your headstock.

11 headstocks rebuilt in July 2018:

Safrit, NC, 1983 machine

Hartzler, OH, 1980 machine

Burton, CA, 1954 machine

Bowald, OH, 1979 machine

Deneve, MI, 1962 machine

Landess, WA, 1956 partial machine

Guddat, NV, 1984 machine

Batt, MA, 1993 machine

Moore, CA, 1981 machine

Georgeson, WA, 1992 machine

Rowley, KS, 1956 machine

3 headstocks on hand to rebuild, 1 incoming going into August.

Here are a few recent thank you emails from repair and parts customers:

Jacob – got my headstock back yesterday & was like a kid at Christmas. Within an hour had it unpacked, remounted and spun up through the speeds. It runs smoother & quieter than any time in the 30+ years I’ve owned it. Thanks for a great improvement, and I really appreciate you returned it calibrated & reset to lowest speed.


Jacob, just wanted you to know that we returned to Kansas with the Shopsmith intack, it is up and purring – Made two items on it and cleaned and OILED it right after.
Thanks for fitting us into your schedule. All the Best,

Stephanie and Dave

Yesterday I received and installed the “Beefy Drive Belt” I ordered from you. Your videos were perfect. To my eye, my old belt looked pretty good. After viewing one of your videos I better understood the importance of the width of the belt (my old one was right at .5”). I decided to try your beefy drive belt. Based on your video, installation was a breeze. What a difference! More power than I have ever had. The most bang for the buck I could imagine in an upgrade for my Mark V.



Hi Jacob,

I received my headstock today. It suffered no ill effects from the shipping and it runs like new. All the noise/vibration is gone.

Thanks again for your repairs. This is a great service you provide to us Shopsmith owners.


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