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#1 posted 07-25-2019 12:39 PM

I’d like to echo Dan’s cautionary note about the power of that spring. Be careful there. I called Smithy before picking mine up about how to relieve the tension on the spring. The assembly video showed adjusting the spring with the machine in drill press mode, so I asked if I need to release the tension with the Smithy upright and was basically told not to bother. I didn’t and though I broke my hand in the process. It was just badly bruised, but it could have been worse as the wrench went flying. I guess I’m lucky I didn’t get hit in the head or it didn’t hit some else. I recall that it sheered one of the cap screws holding it in tension as well.

Moral is that if I had to do it again, I’d release the tension with the machine upright but I’m not sure that’s the proper way either. In any event, be very careful with that spring.

I had one of those wrenches/spanners for the tension spring on the Smithy, but it’s gone missing over the years. I’ll have a more thorough search later today. I’ll at lease measure and compare the pin spacing between the Fox and Smithy.


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