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MARK V Mounted Planer - Information

The Shopsmith MARK V mounted Thickness Planer -- Feature-packed, top quality Planer delivers the precise thickness you need, every time!

Variable feed control is the super-smooth secret to the mirror-like finishes produced by these Shopsmith Planers. The Pro Planer offers a constant cutterhead speed, allowing an infinitely variable 72 to 205 cuts-per-inch at a twist of the Feed Motorís Speed Dial. Plus, with the MARK V mounted Planer, you can also vary the cutterhead speed, broadening that range to between 62 and 205 cuts-per-inch.

Separate feed motor wonít rob cutterhead power. Both Shopsmith Planers offer a separate feed motor thatís independent of the cutterhead motor. No complicated drive mechanisms to rob power from the cutterhead. You get better, more consistent Planer performance since each of the two motors is dedicated to its own function.

Plenty of muscle to tackle your toughest jobs. The Pro Planer comes with its own Operating Stand and rugged, 1-3/4 hp motor that delivers a constant cutterhead speed of 5,750 rpm. The MARK V mounted Planer is powered by the 1-1/8 hp MARK V Headstock and is capable of delivering infinitely variable cutterhead speeds of 3,000 to 4,100 rpm.

Large 12-inch x 4-inch capacity handles big lumber. All the throat capacity you need to smoothly and swiftly surface boards up to a foot wide. Generous 4-inch thickness capacity turns hefty, rough-sawn timbers into smooth, finished stock.

28-inch long Table provides unrivaled support. The Shopsmith Planer has the longest Table of all 12-inch planers in the industry. Its rigid, durable cast construction eliminates leveling problems and ensures proper infeed and outfeed support and consistent depth-of-cut on every workpiece.

High-Grip Feed Rollers help prevent slippage. The serrated steel infeed roller grabs every board (even thick, 4-inch timbers) with a secure, nonslip grip and pushes it through the cutterhead at a constant feed rate to produce that super-smooth Shopsmith finish. The long-lasting, hard rubber outfeed roller then grasps the board as it exits the cutterhead, pulling it through at that same rate and completing the cut without marring or scratching the surface.

The MARK V mounted Planer is an excellent choice for woodworkers with limited space who only occasionally build tolerance-critical projects.

Manual, Parts List and Exploded View Drawing - Item #556077

How Old Is It:
Below is a chart indicating the Serial Numbers of the MARK V Mounted Planer made in various years.

Jan. Feb. Mar. April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
1982 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 00235 01664
1983 03476 04429 05168 06169 6469 7019 7521 8395 9510 10044 10502 11030
1984 11587 12207 12632 12926 13015 13562 14248 14825 15265 15450 15710 15853
1985 15930 16230 20072B 20165 20169 20565 -- -- -- -- -- --
1986 20625 20677 -- 20867 20892 20938 20948 21053 21205 21267 21279 21414
1987 21473 21573 21606 21618 -- 21648 -- 21649 21787 21832 21880
From Dec 1987 until now, MARK V Mounted Planer have date codes.
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