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SS Stainless Steel Fastener Upgrade Kit Review

#273158 by Spooner » Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:10 am

So as I mentioned in another thread I have just purchased a 1990 SS Mark V with the 510 table and fence system. Needless to say the prior owner wasn't exactly on top of his maintenance and upkeep of the machine. It's obvious he had lost several bolts on the head and just replaced them with whatever he had sitting on the workbench at the time. I had seen this kit on eBay but deemed its price too high to warrant purchasing.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Everything-Bolts-Kit-for-ShopSmith-Mark-V-Woodworking-Machines-Stainless-Parts/231713955274?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

You can also go to the guy's website and buy them individually if you don't need or want to replace to everything. He also has kits for other things like boats and harleys.

https://rtbolts.myshopify.com/

$50 bucks is a lot of money for nuts and bolts. But after looking at the current bolts on the SS I noticed how rusty they were. So when I ventured out to find my own nuts and bolts I knew I should go for stainless steel as well so they won't rust again. Finding the right size and the right thread and wondering if they would fit and on and on I realized finding substitutes was not going to be easy either. Eventually I also realized I was rapidly approaching the $50 bucks for quality fasteners that I could just get in the kit and know they would fit right and work right the first time. So back to eBay I go. Purchased the kit and they arrived quickly.

I recently used the Caster Kit on my caster upgrade project and the bolts are top notch. The old hardware for the casters had a flat head and square nut and they were steel so they were rusty and seized. I really gnarled them up getting them off. The new kit came with stainless steel nuts, washer and nylon lock nuts. They are nice. I would give the Caster Kit 5 stars.

I have not had time to put the remaining fasteners on the SS but plan to. As I do I will add my opinion on that kit's performance and ease of install. So keep checking in.

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Re: SS Stainless Steel Fastener Upgrade Kit Review

#273160 by edma194 » Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:43 am

I regularly replace hardware like that as I work on machines. Close to the same nuts and bolts for the legs, I prefer those nylon nuts instead of star washers. Will do the same for the casters that I'm about to remount. Don't like square nuts in general, they always show up whenever I only have a hex socket handy. Might be nice to change everything to 5/32 hex socket bolts and screws but I haven't gone that far.

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Re: SS Stainless Steel Fastener Upgrade Kit Review

#273162 by chapmanruss » Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:22 pm

I haven't done it on a Mark V but my first Shopsmith Model 10ER restoration has Stainless Steel set screws and other hardware. The person Spooner is talking about sells a Stainless Steel Set Screw package for Model 10's on ebay but it is only 5 each of 3 sizes. That is way incomplete for a Model 10E or 10ER. Model 10's use seven different size set screws in quantities from 1 to 18. For the ebay set you would have to buy three sets, substitute at least 3 of the longer 3/8" set screws for shorter ones, which I actually do and still need to buy 4 other sizes. You will end up with a lot of extra 3/8" and 1/4" set screws. I purchased my replacements locally. They were rather easy to find. Some specialty type set screws used on accessories are a little harder to find. There are Oval Head Flat Point Head, Cone Point Head and Full Dog Head set screws used on accessories besides the standard Cup Head set screws.

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Russ

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.

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Re: SS Stainless Steel Fastener Upgrade Kit Review

#273198 by Spooner » Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:45 am

Well last night was the Table Insert Screws. Motor Mount Kit and the Leg Attachment Kit.

Lets start with the Table Insert Screws. The ones that came out were beginning to round out and strip. The new stainless steel ones fit perfect and flush.

Motor Mount Kit. I took one out at a time and replaced it with the new ones. They went in easy and look very nice. I should have taken pictures. IF you guys want pictures let me know.

Now the Leg Attachment kit is a bit of a different story. The bolts are for a counter sunk hole. My holes are straight and flush. I have contacted RT Bolts to get their thoughts on how to remedy this issue. I'm wondering if the older models were counter sunk.

I will keep you posted!!!

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Re: SS Stainless Steel Fastener Upgrade Kit Review

#273206 by chapmanruss » Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:46 pm

The Leg attachment holes in the base/arm and headrest were countersunk on the earlier Mark 5/V's. I do not know when it changed but the ones I have restored from 1982 and earlier were countersunk. My 1991, 2006 and the double tilt ends are not countersunk.

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Russ

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.

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