As John and JPG said,
We know more of the history than the current SS does or willing to share. (John) Or willing to learn! (JPG)
Most of the longtime employees at Shopsmith are retired and there has been a large turnover in recent years. The newer employees only have reference to recent documents like the parts lists and diagrams. They do not know when asked, as an example, Is the Main Frame of the Band Saw the same for all Shopsmith/Magna Band Saws? They answered yes but the real answer is no. I know this one because I asked it a few years ago before researching the answer myself. I bought a Band Saw that was damaged during shipping. Trust me, Never ship a Band Saw with the mounting tubes attached. Newer Band Saws have a slip in bushing for the table locking bolts to go through the main frame. Older Band Saws have a pressed in bushing with split ends. I am not sure of when the change took place but may have been around the change to the aluminum table.
So , as John said,
Absolutely, ask here. There is no bad question.
Mark V completely upgraded to Mark 7
Mark V 520
All SPT's & 2 Power Stations
Model 10ER S/N R64000 first one I restored on bench w/ metal ends & retractable casters. Has Speed Changer, Model 4E Jointer, Jig Saw with lamp, a complete set of original accessories & much more.
Model 10E S/N 1077 oldest one I have restored. On bench w/ metal ends & retractable casters.