Service Methods and Tips
General maintenance tips - Carefully remove your Lathe Center from the MARK V Tailstock - it's a simple fit - one taper slides into another, but it can occasionally get very tight. To remove, twist the Lathe Center out as if it was a dart. If this doesn't work, place your Tailstock on a workbench with the Concentric Center Mount supported by a pipe or other object with a hole for the Center to fit into and tap the Center carefully with a soft-faced mallet. Never whack the Center with the Tailstock mounted on your MARK V, as this can loosen or damage the Tailstock support tubes or Concentric Center Mount - or even break the Tailstock casting !
Always wipe the
Lathe Center and Concentric Center Mount tapers to remove sawdust and
wood chips before assembling the two pieces. A sliver of wood caught between
these mating parts can cause a mis-alignment of the Center or slippage
which could damage the Center or Mount.
If you have tried these remedies and they didn’t work . . . or if you’re experiencing difficulties that are not listed here, feel free to call Shopsmith’s TOLL-FREE Technical Services Hotline (1-800-762-7555) for the answer or send an e-mail to Shopsmith Technical Support.
WARNING: Always unplug machine before making any adjustments or performing any maintenance procedures.