1,600 headstocks rebuilt now

I have been a specialist in Shopsmith Mark V headstock repairs for 10-1/2 years now. In April I passed the landmark of machine number 1,600 since I began specializing.

Here are some thank you emails from customers in April 2018:

Jacob –

I got my Shopsmith back last Thursday in great shape and got in installed. I have used it for a couple of small turning projects and it works and sounds great. I am very pleased with it. Thanks, Larry

Hey Jacob – Received the head and it shipped in perfect shape. Looks great but I have not installed it. Next week I will be painting the base and waxing the slides, then installing it. Thanks for all your help. Rob

Received my mark v back, and it works perfectly.

Thank you for making the experience of dismounting, packaging, shipping, and remounting stress free.
Not something I can say about Shopsmith, who have yet to answer my 3 emails.



Jacob: Thanks for the outstanding work you did on my Mark V. I enjoyed meeting and talking to you. Howard.

I received my 1959 Shopsmith headstock in January 2018 from Jacob. The Shopsmith was purchased by my father in 1959. I remember when he fired it up and how it sounded. Jacob has put a magic touch on my head stock. The headstock purrs like a kitten and I believe it runs better than when my dad first fired it up in 1959.

Jacob did an excellent job on my headstock. He kept me informed all along the way from initial delivery to receipt. I could not have stumbled upon a better person. Jacob took a worn out headstock and brought it back to life in better than new condition.

Thank you so much for the quality service and dedication you provided to me.


I recieved the parts a day before I expected them. Thank you for your quick service. I also really appreciate the how to videos.


Thank you for sharing your ShopSmith videos online. I would’ve been completely lost trying to restore the 70’s Mark V that I was fortunate to acquire for $100. I’ll use it as a lathe, but I just may expand its capabilities.

I was able to tear down the headstock step by step and determine exactly what I needed to free it from the rust that was acquired over 15 years of non-use. In addition to the belts and bearings, you emailed me the video links necessary to install the items. They were spot on.

I’ve attached a pic and a video. I believe you should get most of the credit for getting her running!

Thank you!


Got the head stock back late Tuesday got it all back together and it runs great. Thank you again for such a great job. If I ever need any repairs again you have the job

Good Evening Jacob,

The head stock arrived this morning and I have already put it back on
the way tubes and checked it out. Runs like a new machine and I am
very pleased. You are providing an excellent service to Shopsmith
owners. Thank you very much for you repairs to my machine.


My headstock arrived at noon. It is now mounted and runs like a new one. Thank you for the speedy and expert repair.

It was worth the price just to get the quill working correctly.

Thanks for the notification and quick turnaround on my headstock. I’m looking forward to using it again. It’s been a pleasure doing business with you. I will certainly be recommending you to friends who need your services.

Thanks again


Jacob, just wanted you to know that all is properly assembled and the SS
works great. I cut a large piece of plywood today and all was easy. I have a
SS jigsaw and that also worked as expected. Thanks so much for making my
1980 run perfect. You did an exceptional job and
I am very pleased. Good health in the coming year. Don

Hi Jacob

The headstock arrived today. Thanks so much for the quick service. Claire