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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 02-26-2019 12:25 PM

I have no experience with the belt sander, so I’m no help with that issue. Yes, the carriage should move onto the newer machine but it may be stiff because machining tolerances were tight on that and if it’s off just a hair… and yes, I use the lateral feed all the time. Right now it’s being used to carry a router jig to duplicate balusters. May get a picture later today.

There is a procedure for adjusting the torsion spring. It’s done with the machine in the standing position to minimize tension. There are three allen head sockets screws to loosen and I think a large pipe wrench or strap wrench with a cheater is involved. I’ve only done it once to a machine decades ago, so I don’t remember. I’d have to look, but I think the owner’s manual describes the procedure. Oh, and the head should be moved to the extreme right before attempting to stand it up.

Fox’s jointers were heavy machines, true, because he started making them beefier than Shopsmiths. He made several 3 wheel band saws, but the end of his run came before they were marketed much. He did cast adapters that held Shopsmith equipment and it seems that later producers welded some together.

The height lock looks like a casting in the picture. Replace it with a piece of mild steel machined and threaded to fit and it will last forever.

Selling prices vary widely as merrill points out. I confirm what he said about tubes not fitting. We’re pretty much on our own for (our mutual) support.


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