I bought this shaper several months ago. As far as I can tell, it was manufactured around 1970.
To be honest, I’m not even sure why I even bought it. Totally brainless, impulse buy. I saw it on craigslist in a listing with about 10 other tools. I called the seller to ask about the price. He quoted $80 and included about a dozen cutters. I immediately made arrangements to pick it up. As soon as I hung up the phone, I started asking myself “what the hell do you need with an underpowered, 40 year old shaper?”
Oh well, a deals-a-deal. The next day, i picked up the machine, dumped it in my garage, and didn’t touch it again until yesterday.
As soon as I turned it on, it was obvious that I was going to be spending some quality repair time with my new shaper. While it does work, it makes a faint grinding sound. Its either the spindle bearing or the motor. I’ll need to disconnect the belt and run the motor. hopefully I’ll be able to isolate the noise.
I did run a few 2×4s through the machine. Its obvious the 1/2hp motor isn’t going to cut the mustard. Way to easy to bog down. I’m now in the market for a 1 or 1.5hp motor. That should be powerful enough to do what I need it to do.
After playing around with the machine for a half hour, I definitely think a shaper has the potential to make a permanent spot in my shop. I’m going to make a clone of the Shop Fox Right Angle jig and a couple other accessories that I think will work great with this machine.
A new motor, bearings, belt and paint will cost me. But all said, this will givie me a chance to try out a shaper for a reasonable price. Hopefully I can stumble upon a good used motor on the cheap.