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How To Remove Headstock For Shipping And Transit

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If you are bringing your machine in person, ignore the following instructions and schedule an appointment!

Step 1: Unlock Headrest Lock (Way Tube Lock)

Unlock the headrest lock so you can begin the process.

Step 1.1: Position Saw Table

If not already installed, install saw table. Position the saw table 6 inches from the pivot end of the base. Position headstock 6 inches from the table legs.

Step 1.2: Lower Table

Lower the table until it’s legs are even with the the bottom of the bench tubes.

Step 1.3: Lock table into place

Lock the table into place. Lock headstock into place.

Step 2: Remove Way Tube Tie Bar (End Cap)

Raise the machine to drill press mode.

Step 2.1: Loosen up set screws

Loosen up the set screws on the Way Tube Tie Bar (End Cap) `{`they’ll either be located on the top or bottom`}`.

Step 2.2: Tap End Cap

Gently tap end cap with piece of wood and/or rubber mallet to remove it, taking care not to bind it diagonally on the tubes, it can break. Once the end cap is removed, lower the machine back to regular operating mode.

Step 3: Positioning Table to Remove Headstock

Place a board on lower bench tubes directly underneath where table legs rest.

Step 3.1: Raise Table

Raise the table until the bench tubes are at an angle where you can remove the headstock. The end of the way tubes should be 12 inches from the top of the base. Leave 2 inches between the bottom of the machine and the base to be safe.

Step 3.2: Tighten/Unlock

Once you have the angle right, tighten the table lock. Unlock the headstock lock.

Step 3.3: Remove

Now you are ready to remove the headstock by sliding it off the way tubes.

Step 4: Pack Your Headstock

Remove the handle so it doesn’t get bent in shipping.

Use adequate packing material to protect the headstock from shipping damage. Do Not use newspaper for packing. Do Not build a wooden box either. Instead purchase from the UPS Store 20 feet of their heavy bubble wrap, a heavy duty box at least 20″ x 20″ or 22″ x 22″ and several bags (3-4) of Styrofoam. Now you CAN use three or four layers of large bubble wrap to completely cover the headstock including the holes.

Wrap to cover the front and rear as the top and bottom are not as critical. The purpose of this is to keep the styrofoam/packing nuts out of the machine. Be sure to protect the Quill/Spindle end of the headstock with as many layers of the bubble wrap as possible.

Now prepare a heavy duty box (ideal dimensions listed above) with at least 4 to 5 inches of styrofoam in the bottom. Set the bubble wrap covered headstock with speed dial up into the box. Be sure there is 4″ between the quill and drive ends of the headstock and the side of the box. Now fill the box with more styrofoam being sure to stuff it down and cover the top of the headstock.

Be sure to include your Name, Address and Phone number inside the box so that we can contact you. Indicate if you require an estimate or not. Seal the box with packing tape and your ready to go. Estimate the weight at 60 lbs. This type of packing will arrived in good shape. DON’T place the speed dial facing the bottom of the box or it might get bent. It’s optional but you can purchase enough insurance to replace the unit if lost or damaged in shipment ($1,100 to $1,200).

Currently a new headstock runs $1604.24. (This should cost about $12.00) The unit is heavy (55 to 60 lbs) so be sure to use enough packing material to prevent the headstock from shifting during shipment resulting in costly damage. Ship via UPS Ground or FED EX Ground to: Shopsmith Repair – Woodworking Academy 6325 Rushingbrook Dr. Raleigh, NC 27612 Call or e-mail us to let us know the unit is on the way.

*We accept cashiers check or money order only as payment before returning the unit to you.

**Also we accept major credit cards via PayPal.