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Model 500MARK V - Information

MARK V (Model 500)
Magna America put this 5-in-1 tool into production. The MARK V has been the main product ever since. Many times, you can tell the age of a MARK V by it's color.

1953 to 1960 (Green)
These units had a Gilmer Drive System (the inside of the top belt is like a tank track). These units were a single bearing spindle. 3/4 Hp motor was the standard. An information packet, including copies of parts lists, owners manuals and more, can be ordered HERE.

1960 to 1963 (Brown/Gold/Tan/Anniversary Model)
The introduction of the Poly-V drive system (the inside of the top belt is a serpentine). An information packet, including copies of parts lists, owners manuals and more, can be ordered HERE.

1962
The 1-1/8 Hp Motor was introduced. An information packet, including copies of parts lists, owners manuals and more, can be ordered HERE.

1963 to 1967 (Gray-Smooth Texture)
These were the next units to have the Poly "V" drive system. An information packet, including copies of parts lists, owners manuals and more, can be ordered HERE.

1964
The current Poly-V drive system is standard. Then the Magna America Corporation relocated. MARK V went out of production. An information packet, including copies of parts lists, owners manuals and more, can be ordered HERE.

1972
Shopsmith, Inc. was formed the MARK V was back!

1984 (Gray-Rough/Texture)
(provides more spindle stability). To use this upgrade, the unit must have the Poly-V drive system. An information packet, including copies of parts lists, owners manuals and more, can be ordered HERE.

Model 5101985 (Model 510)
MARK V Model 510 was introduced with an improved, larger table system, more user conveniences and unlimited expandability. Model 500s can be upgraded to the Model 510. An information packet, including copies of parts lists, owners manuals and more, can be ordered HERE.

1991
MARK V Models were introduced with the "C" Headstock and Red Safety Key Switch. An information packet, including copies of parts lists, owners manuals and more, can be ordered HERE.

1996
510 became primary 5-in-1 tool. An information packet, including copies of parts lists, owners manuals and more, can be ordered HERE.

Model 5201999 (Model 520)
The MARK V PRO Fence system is introduced to provide the professional and serious woodworker a 'beefier' set up to enhance their MARK V table saw capacities. An information packet, including copies of parts lists, owners manuals and more, can be ordered HERE.

Manuals:
Shopsmith MARK V (Model 500 only)
Manual, Parts List and Exploded View Drawing - Item #845435

Shopsmith MARK V (Models 500 / 510 / 520)
Manual, Parts List and Exploded View Drawing - Item #845525

Shopsmith MARK V
(Model 500 only – with Power Tool Woodworking Textbook & Self-Study Course)

Item #556072

Shopsmith MARK V
(Models 505 / 510 / 520 – with Power Tool Woodworking Textbook & Self-Study Course)

Item #556073

How Old Is It:
Below is a chart indicating the Serial Numbers of the MARK V made in various years. Serial Numbers are located on the left side of the Headstock (Power Plant), on the vent plate or on a red/white sticker.

Model 500

Jan. Feb. Mar. April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
1954 -- -- -- 263051 265789 268662 272924 274493 278201 281627 285310 287396
1955 288541 289882 291432 293883 296077 298280 300322 301455 304754 308558 312821 315721
1956 316979 317192 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1957 -- -- -- -- -- -- 347643 348654 349665 350676 351687 352698
1958 -- -- -- -- 353145 354200 -- -- -- -- 354467 355319
1959 355557 -- 355761 -- -- 355961 -- -- 356250 -- -- 360185
1960 361990 362467 364334 365390 365725 367316 367377 367518 368192 368418 368635 368709
1961 368971 369339 369604 370339 370816 372058 -- 372425 373038 -- -- 373422
1978 18859 19478 20359 21063 21460 21993 22755 23130 24003 24671 25904 27158
1979 28654 30298 31713 33306 34568 36407 38329 40369 42634 44537 46761 48722
1980 50317 52426 54405 56148 58102 60216 62007 63396 65073 67199 70164 72521
1981 76361 79594 83116 87157 89631 93278 96485 98525 100503 104105 107410 109971
1982 111917 114125 117095 121061 123786 126407 127690 130558 133326 135159 136051 137488
1983 139578 142052 145328 148569 150301 153070 155825 157927 160046 162273 163875 165112
1984 166958 169204 171154 174784 176354 178811 180854 182919 185359 190177 191812 193974
1985 196119 197929 199565 202145 203746 205719 -- 206539 208095 209470 211026 212084
1986 213306 214198 -- 218238 219087 219785 220393 220970 221116 221128 221137 221215
1987 221359 221414 221454 221473 221496 221569 221641 221682 221879 222121 222390
From Dec 1987 until now, MARK Vs have date codes.

Model 510

Jan. Feb. Mar. April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
1986 -- -- -- 002291 002508 002801 003308 003889 004501 004919 005968 006994
1987 008008 009144 010102 011336 012017 012554 013136 013508 014007 014799 015518
From Dec 1987 until now, MARK Vs have date codes.

 

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