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Just rescued a Sawsmith 2000 Ultra...

#146479 by henecle » Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:37 am

After a 9+ hour round trip drive to Northeastern PA yesterday... she's on her road to recovery :D . All parts seemed to be there for the Excalibur fence but it looks like someone must have dropped the fence at some time as the black metal locking base isn't square (read warped). Someone with any experience with this fence have any ideas on how to straighten it/true it up?

Also looking for any advice on initial rehabilitation steps. Spent most of last evening after getting it home cleaning and blowing sawdust out of everywhere especially the open motor housing. Thanks for any assistance.

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1981 Mark V Model 500 "Shorty"
1981 Mark V Model 500 "Drill Press"
1987 Sawsmith 2000 Ultra
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#146662 by joshh » Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:58 pm

You may the one writing a guide on restoration. I don't personally know of any forum members that have one (I'm sure there are probably a few, but I don't know) so that may be the long delay in replies.

I would be very interested in details and pictures should you start ripping it apart :D

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Took awhile to get started on her, had to wait until the new shop was completed. Put a Forrest Woodworker II on her and she cuts like crazy :D Have the Excalibur fence with Board Buddies or the Incra Miter 5000 sled.

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Leif

1981 Mark V Model 500 "Shorty"
1981 Mark V Model 500 "Drill Press"
1987 Sawsmith 2000 Ultra
2005 Mark 7 PowerPro Model 520/Bandsaw/Jointer/Pro Planer/Belt Sander/Scroll Saw/Jigsaw/Strip Sander/Universal Tool Rest/Speed Reducer/DC3300/RingMaster/Mortising Package/MiterSled 5000/Biscuit Joiner/Grinding Wheel Guard/Nova G3 Chuck/Lathe Duplicator/SS Air System
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#150784 by judaspre1982 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:16 pm

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#150785 by JPG » Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:58 pm

I have never seen one of these up close, but the fence 'base' appears quite substantial to me and not likely to 'warp'.

I can see dropping it would knock it out of square. I would look for screws securing the 'base' to the fence itself.

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#150786 by algale » Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:09 pm

Very interesting. Did not know it had an extension table set up. Would love a few more photos showing how that works. Are those miter slots in the extension tables? Wonder what the thought process is on how those would get used (I know Dusty retrofitted a miter slot to an extension table).

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#150788 by recurvearcher » Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:06 pm

Congratulations! I have one of the base model saws,needless to say I am jealous of that upscale fence! Enjoy that SS2000!

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#150789 by peterm » Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:05 pm

WOW, that is a beautiful looking saw! AND, one impressive lineup of SS equipment that she joins in your shop.:D

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a 510,a Mini, dedicated SS drillpress, SS spt's, home made SS belt grinder, SS piston air system, Southbend 10k lathe, mill/drill, Taig

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#150793 by henecle » Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:26 pm

Thank you gentlemen for all the kind comments... the Excalibur Fence is very substantial (18lbs, 45" L, 2.5" H, and 3" W), I found a second complete undamaged fence on CL from an Estate Sale company in OH and bought it including the 78" fence rails (purchase and shipping was more that what I paid for the saw to start with but I wanted to keep it original). The Board Buddies were a package deal with the replacement fence system.

It takes some time to perform all the alignments, Sawsmith 2K itself (10 pages), then Rails and Extension Tables (each has it's own miter slot) then the Excalibur Fence adjustment for tracking on the rails, vertical clearance of the extension tables and parallel alignment to a miter slot and the saw blade. The good news was that all the components still had manuals available online or through Shopsmith.

After all that, it's still not the equal of a high-end, single role cabinet saw. As others have mentioned, there's a lot of movement associated with the engineering necessary to allow the saw to function in the Radial Arm mode. It is however a unique piece in my collection and more than adequate for my meager capabilities.

I'll take some additional close up pictures and post them.

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Leif

1981 Mark V Model 500 "Shorty"
1981 Mark V Model 500 "Drill Press"
1987 Sawsmith 2000 Ultra
2005 Mark 7 PowerPro Model 520/Bandsaw/Jointer/Pro Planer/Belt Sander/Scroll Saw/Jigsaw/Strip Sander/Universal Tool Rest/Speed Reducer/DC3300/RingMaster/Mortising Package/MiterSled 5000/Biscuit Joiner/Grinding Wheel Guard/Nova G3 Chuck/Lathe Duplicator/SS Air System
2010 Lumber Smith sawmill
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Additional pictures as requested, round 1.

#150825 by henecle » Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:41 pm

More detailed photos...

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Leif

1981 Mark V Model 500 "Shorty"
1981 Mark V Model 500 "Drill Press"
1987 Sawsmith 2000 Ultra
2005 Mark 7 PowerPro Model 520/Bandsaw/Jointer/Pro Planer/Belt Sander/Scroll Saw/Jigsaw/Strip Sander/Universal Tool Rest/Speed Reducer/DC3300/RingMaster/Mortising Package/MiterSled 5000/Biscuit Joiner/Grinding Wheel Guard/Nova G3 Chuck/Lathe Duplicator/SS Air System
2010 Lumber Smith sawmill
CarveWright CNC

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