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#1 posted 07-25-2019 01:41 PM

Hello, I’m looking forward to joining the SuperShop owners group. I’ve made arrangements to purchase a Smithy SuperShop, but won’t get to pick it up until next month.
I am going to have to disassemble it a fair bit to get it into my basement workshop. In preparation for that, I’ve watched the Smithy videos linked earlier in this thread. They talk about using a face spanner wrench to tension up the torsion spring, and that this tension has to be relieved to remove the pivot base.
Can anyone give me some measurements on this pin-style face spanner wrench? I know it’s not included in the sale. Looking for the spacing between opposite holes (center-to-center) on the torsion spring hub and also the diameter of the actual holes so I can get an adjustable spanner with appropriate sized pins. If I have this ordered in advance, hopefully I’ll be ready for unmounting the upper assembly from the base when I get the SuperShop.
On a related note, has anyone taken the carriage and headstock off of the way tubes? I’ll need to do this to navigate my basement stairs. Any tricks to it or anything I should watch for?
Thanks in advance for any tips!

- cyeks

Welcome to the addiction! I started with a Fox SS traded to me for a Shopsmith headstock I had rebuilt – I repair Shopsmith tools. It was missing a few things but I was able to adapt Shopsmith pieces to be able to use it and realize the capabilities over the Shopsmith and expand the capabilities of my shop. I then acquired a Smithy and they are “Da-brothers” sitting side by side. I recently also purchased another Fox and will pick it up in Fall from IL. It was about an hour from where I used to live and friends went to retrieve it and are keeping it for me. The Fox both have the motorized carriage and first one has a switch for reverse. So the warning for you is these can be quite addicting (Dan K warned me yet here I am!). The Smithy came with a spanner so I took pictures and measurements for you. Interestingly enough, the spanner is different spacing for Smithy & Fox. But I think some drilled holes on the Fox would fix that. 1st pic is spanner wrench- 16”L X 1 1/8”W X 14” thick. 2nd is close up of pins. The picture did not capture measurement but pins are 2 1/8” apart center-to-center. The pins look just over 3/16” diameter. 3rd is Smithy, 4th is Fox. Notice the extra holes in Smithy. At least 2 sets fix the spanner but not all. I think if I drilled matching holes in the Fox this would also work for it.

I have not (yet) had the need to take off headstock and am not looking forward to it. Shopsmith headstocks are 55 lbs (about 65 lbs for Power Pro). They come off OK but are heavy. SuperShop headstocks just look monstrous and at least 2 people recommended.

GordoB- Make some nice stuff for her will alleviate that somewhat. If you are able to put money from your hobby back into checking account, she would need to just stop (I didn’t say to be quiet because she is still a woman…...........). Yes I do get hate-email from time to time- why do you ask? LOL ;+D an

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