JPG started this thread just over 11 years ago. It contains some great information and advice, for as the title states "Newowner Information". Since you have gotten this far you can see we are quite passionate about Shopsmith Tools. You can also see it is easy for us to focus on a subject. As a person new to this Forum the best place to get information on your Shopsmith is to start your own thread. Ask questions and certainly add pictures. We love to see pictures of your Shopsmith tools and they certainly help in describing questions you may have. Starting your own thread keeps the information about your Shopsmith in one location.
JPG's 6 rules (5a added later) hold true for any of the Shopsmith tools going from the original Model 10E through the Mark 7 today. There are a couple of these rules that may not apply depending on which Shopsmith you have. Rule #2 does not apply to Shopsmith's with the Power Pro DVR motor Headstock. Rule # 1 does not apply to Mark 2's since they do not have a Speed Dial or to a Model 10 unless it has a Speed Changer.
I would like to add my suggestions to new owners or to those new to the Shopsmith Forum.
This is one of, if not the best, sources for information on using, maintaining, repairing and restoring Shopsmith Tools. There is a wealth of information available in the links already given in the previous posts in this thread. Jacob Anderson has been referenced here and his videos can be helpful to you, but I understand he has retired from doing service work. Everett has restored many documents and made them available to us free of charge on his google drive
which is linked under the Maintenance and Repair
section under one of these topics you will find at the top of the page under Shopsmith Large Format Drawings Illustrations and More
. It is another great Forum Thread for you to read through. With that I have to get on my soapbox for a minute and tell you it is a waste of money to buy copies of Manuals from online seller like those on ebay to get something sent to you that you can access for free right now. Some of them are even selling copies of Everett's work. Besides the Manual's we can help with just about everything related to the Shopsmith Tools.
When you need parts for your Shopsmith because they may be missing, worn out or damaged there is the choice of new parts from Shopsmith which I recommend especially for repair parts when possible or buying them used. I some cases used or non-OEM parts are the only option. If you are restoring a Model 10ER and the Way Tube Tie Bar is cracked the only option for a replacement is a used part. If you need a replacement part for a Mark V Speed Control Assembly even if it is from a 1954 Mark 5 Greenie you can get a new OEM part from Shopsmith. Best of all you can get help here in finding out what part is needed, if it is still available from Shopsmith and if there are different versions of the part you need which may vary where you have to get a replacement or which version specific replacement to watch for.
The Shopsmith Tools have more information available about them than any other tool around. The Owner's Manual, the Self-Study Guide and the book, previously mentioned, Power Tool Woodworking for Everyone
are great references on using the Shopsmith Tools. For owner's of the old Mark VII from the 1960's there is a book titled Modern Power Tool Woodworking
that features the Mark VII just as the book Power Tool Woodworking for Everyone
features the Model 10ER (1st edition) or Mark 5/V (second edition through 4th edition) and both are from the same author R. J. DeChristforo. The second, third and revisied editions can be found at a very reasonable cost from book resellers. Modern Power Tool Woodworking
can be a little harder to find.
If you would like to find out more about the different Shopsmith Tools I would recommend the following threads I started. In them is a lot of good information and discussion about these tools.
For the Model 10E and 10ER visit the following link titled Shopsmith Model 10's What When and Where
For the Mark 5/V visit the following link titled Shopsmith Mark 5 What When and Where
. In it you will understand why I use Mark 5 or Mark V.
If you want to learn more about the SPT's like the Jointer, Bandsaw and other SPT's check out the following link titled SPT's What When and Where
Finally I would like to add my many Thanks to JPG for not only starting this thread for new owners as a reference but to him and to others who have helped not only myself learn more about the Shopsmith Tools but add to the growing knowledge about these wonderful tools.