- Originally the Belt Sander featured a 1 1/4" dust port, but in 1987 ShopSmith changed this to accommodate 2 1/2" hoses used by ShopVac and others, including the Shopsmith DC3300. This dust port is available as an upgrade retro kit for around $20, so don't let the small port discourage you from purchasing an older unit.
- For many, many years following the formation of Shopsmith Inc. in 1972 they continued to make the SS Belt Sander with the old Magna castings. You can see the "M" logo cast into the side of these units up until the tooling finally wore-out in the late 1980's and was replaced by the Shopsmith logo. Over the years SS stopped sanding the paint off the Magna "M" and added a Shopsmith sticker to the side of the unit.
- For a period of time, Shopsmith had a batch of Beltsanders that just wouldn't track properly. I don't know the serial # range, but the problem was someone decided that it would save money if they used the same aluminum drum for both the drive drum and the idler drum. Now, the drive drum is perfectly cylindrical with a rubber sleeve glued to it, while the idler drum is bare aluminum with a slight crown. The genius who made the call to use a single drum had the crowned drum covered with rubber for the drive, so just like a Delta bandsaw, the belt was supposed to track in the center of the two crowned drums. The problem with this plan is that bandsaws have bearings that help to keep the blade on, but belt sanders don't. So, if by some chance you have one of these bastard sanders be aware that the drive drum can be easily replaced.
Fitting Drawers with a Shopsmith Belt Sander with Nick Engler and Jim McCann