Take a close look at the way tube tie bar at the top of the photo at right. (Click to Biggie-size)
Wassup wit dat?
Another sleuth noticed something odd about the photo which is posted on the Shopsmith web site. (Below) Notice anything different? See the steel pivot pin in the right hand bench casting? Yes, that's the pin that the Mark V pivots on when it's being lifted into the drill press position. Now, notice the same pin in the left bench casting? What's it for?
Hummmmm. Very interesting.
Sure enough, even with the large rubber spacer removed from the way tubes from between the headstock and the carriage, the table still found itself around 46" from the floor. Now, granted, this is with the carriage in the current position, which isn’t exactly where it would be if the entire unit simply tilted left. For this to work the tubes that support the table would have to have racks milled into the opposite face. In that scenario the table would indeed be a bit lower.