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your Shopsmith Jointer for optimal performance:
Shopsmith Jointer has just a few moving parts. As a result,
it requires very little maintenance beyond an occasional cleaning.
Here's what we suggest:
of the bearings and bushings in your Shopsmith Jointer are
of the self-lubricating variety and require no oil, graphite
or other form of lubrication.
an air compressor or the reverse airflow from your shop
vacuum to blow out the space between the two tables.
the pitch from the Knives and cutterhead. Use a brush and
mineral spirits or a sawblade
cleaner for this task. NOTE: Always keep solvents
away from bearings as it is possible for them to penetrate
the bearings and dissolve the lubricants inside.
the infeed table from the Jointer Base. Place the main Jointer
Assembly on a bench, upside-down and remove the hex nut
that holds the two castings together. IMPORTANT:
As you remove the nut, note the sequence in which the flat
washers and spring washers are arranged on the bolt.
out any impacted wood chips and clean the mating surfaces
where the two Tables slide together with mineral spirits.
Check for "galling" (rough spots) or excessive wear on these
mating, machined surfaces. Remove any burrs with a fine,
all pitch out of the chip chute.
coat the infeed and outfeed Table surfaces (as well as the
vertical face of the Fence, Fence Mounting Bar and Cutterhead)
with a high quality furniture PASTE wax and buff.
This will help your workpieces glide more easily and smoothly
across the surface during operations and protect metal surfaces
from the formation of rust.
Here is our suggested maintenance schedule for your Shopsmith
Jointer. In all cases "Hours" means hours of running
If you notice an unusual noise or vibration, stop the
machine immediately and check the Wedge Locking Screws,
Bearings, Knife positions and other adjustments. Do NOT
operate your Jointer until you have corrected the problem.
5 hours, brush/blow off the Jointer completely. Remove
wood pitch from Knives. Inspect Knives and hone, if necessary.
Check Knife position and Wedge Lock Screws.
Every 10 hours, Repeat previous steps - plus - check
all alignments and adjustments. Wax all working surfaces
and the Cutterhead. Check Knife Wedge Locking Screws.
Every 50 hours, Repeat previous steps - plus - hone
Knives or have them professionally sharpened.
100 hours, Repeat previous steps - plus - dismantle
Jointer, remove all impacted wood chips and pitch from Knives
and Chip Chute, apply graphite to Depth-Of-Cut Adjustment
Sharpening - No Knives will last forever. Eventually,
your Knives will dull to the point where they will have
to be sharpened or replaced. Your Manual includes step-by-step
procedures for proper Knife removal, sharpening and re-installation.
Planer/Jointer Knife Sharpener makes easy work of this
task. Or, as an alternative, you can have them sharpened
If you're having problems with your Shopsmith Jointer, start
by referring to the Troubleshooting Chart in your Owner's
Manual. If you are unable to find the solution to your problem
there...or of you don't have an Owner's Manual, please feel
free to call our TOLL-FREE Technical Services Hotline
at 1-800-762-7555 for assistance.