V - Tightening the Headstock Lock
On July/Aug 80
a refresher for owners of Shopsmith’s on the proper way to tighten
the locks for the carriage and the headstock:
the carriage and the headstock slide on two way tubes. These tubes
can be damaged if you over tighten these locks. After positioning
the headstock and the carriage where you want them, spin the lock
handles as tight as it will go, spinning freely. Then tighten the
handle a maximum of 1/2 turn. Some machines may need slightly less
tightening than this, but no machine should need more.
will find that this 1/2 turn will be quite sufficient to hold the
headstock and the carriage in place, even in the drill press position.
And it will be easier to un-tighten the locks to move these parts
when you need to.
your lock handles will not spin freely, take a few minutes to clean
the sawdust off the threaded rods. Don’t lubricate the rods or wedge
locks, or the oil will combine with the sawdust to form a gummy