This will be my first post. I look forward to learning from all of you.
I have been wanting a Shopsmith for several years now. I've found a used Mark 5 locally that appears to be reasonably priced. It comes with the bandsaw and dust vacuum attachments. The present owner says that it has been setting in his garage unused for several years now. I live along the Florida Gulf Coast where it is very humid and the picture I've seen of the Mark 5 discloses that it is in serious need of cleaning and a little TLC. The one issue that immediately concerns me is that the tubes or rails that the headstock ride on appear to be very rusty. If this is just surface rust a little Naval Jelly, steel wool, and elbow grease will resolve this. However, I'm concerned that there might be pitting or other issues that will effect operation.
I assume these rails are available from Shopsmith but how difficult are they to change? Or they prohibitively expensive?
Or there other issues I need be cognizant of prior to buying a Shopsmith that is, at minimum, going to require disassembly and cleaning?
I appreciate your responses!
Here is a picture. It has a bandsaw attachment and the vacuum.
Anyone want to venture a guess as to model? Or give an estimate of what it is worth?