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Revised boxing procedures!

As of September 2021:

We are updating these instructions because most people couldn’t find the box we recommended. Now the best box we have found is at Lowe’s. Please visit Lowe’s and get a Heavy Duty Medium box 18” x 18” x 16” or Heavy Duty Large box 18” x 24” x 18”. And follow the instructions on this page. Please remember to pack the box full so the wrapped headstock cannot shift during shipment.

Prepare Headstock For ShippingIn 3 easy steps

1) Wrapping for protection

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

  • 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.

  • 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 some HEAVY Bubble Wrap (I prefer the UPS Store) and several bags (3-4) of HEAVY DUTY Styrofoam Peanuts. It is recommended you use three or four layers of large bubble wrap to completely cover the headstock (specially mounting holes).

2) Boxing Headstock

  • Purchase a Double Walled Heavy Duty Medium Box or Double Walled Heavy Duty Large Box from Lowe’s.

  • Prepare your heavy duty box with at least 10 inches of heavy duty styrofoam in the bottom. Set the bubble wrap covered headstock into the box with the back side DOWN. Be sure there is 4 inches of Styrofoam between the quill/drive ends of the headstock and the side of the box. Also be sure the QUILL is facing the SIDE of the box.

  • Place your information sheet in the box with all the required information. Now fill the box with more styrofoam, being sure to stuff it down and cover the top of the headstock.

3) Information and Insurance

  • You MUST include pertinent information inside your box. You can either download the Information Sheet PDF and include it on top of your packaging inside the box or fill out your own sheet of paper with these items listed on it: 1) Name,  2) Date,  3) Mailing Address,  4) Phone Number,  5) Email Address,  6) Serial Number of headstock [located on the name plate],  7) Estimate required?,  8) Description of Problem  9) Time Sensitive?

  • 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 ($1,100 to $1,200) to replace the unit if lost or damaged in shipment (This should cost about $12.00). Currently a new headstock runs $1604.24 and a grey reconditioned headstock runs $1,199.00. 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

Ship via UPS Ground or FED EX Ground to: Shopsmith Repair – Woodworking Academy, 6325 Rushingbrook Dr. Raleigh, NC 27612

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How to Remove Your HeadstockSteps 1-3

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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 and lock table into place.

Step 1.3: Lock Headstock into place

Turn Headstock Lock clockwise to lock into place.

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

Raise the machine to drill press mode (to a vertical position).

Step 2.1: Loosen up set screws

Loosen up the set screws on the Way Tube Tie Bar (they’ll either be located on the top or bottom)

Step 2.2: Remove 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. Then unlock the headstock lock.

Step 3.3: Remove Headstock

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