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merrill77

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#1 posted 03-03-2019 06:16 PM

Yesterday I took some time to thoroughly clean my new SS. Then I pulled the carriage motor and controls out of my old SS and transplanted them into the newer one. I think the old is a Fox and the new is a Smithy (at least, the manual that came with it said Smithy). The Fox has a serial# plate (01042), while the Smithy does not. Found some minor differences and took some pics along the way. I’m mostly posting these for documentation purposes, in case anyone is interested. But maybe I should be posting this info over on VintageMachinery.org? Anyway…

Here is the Fox motor:

...and the Smithy

I had hoped to transplant the broken part from the table lock lever on my old unit to the new one, but they are different. Old (Fox) on right, new (Smithy) on left”

Making my own replacement now seems daunting, since it needs a square hole. Which I could do in wood…but not in steel :(

Other than the condition, the interior of the carriage is mostly the same. Looks to use the same casting mold. But there were 2 key differences. First, the 3 holes for bolting the motor bracket into the carriage were different sizes – 7mm bolts for the Fox, 8mm for the Smithy. That required a trip to the store. Also, if the carriage came with a motor, it looks like the carriage position lock is omitted – that is the top-most horizontal rod, which sits at the back of the housing in the newer pic. At least, it was missing in the Fox. So now, without the motor as a brake, I don’t have a way to lock the carriage position…making usage in vertical mode problematic.

Info on the carriage motor:

-- Turning beautiful wood into scraps...one board at a time --Chris


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