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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 06-13-2012 02:03 PM 970 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Went and looked at a used shaper last night. 3hp 115-240 volt reversing motor.

Cast table 30” x 32”. Comes with 2 interchanging spindles, 3/4” and 1”, few shaper cutters, cast fence. He was asking $300. Weighs about 400lbs.
AM I stupid for wanting this ?
I wished I would have a chance like this 30 years ago. NO brainer back then.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"



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Don W

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#1 posted 06-13-2012 02:29 PM

I’ve got a central machine shaper I bought new over 20 years ago. It was an inexpensive 3/4 hp. I’ve upgraded the motor to 3 hp. I don’t use it often any more, but when I do I’m glad I have it. If you do any kind of production work, its a real nice to have. My current project is ship laping flooring for my shop attic space.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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canadianchips

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#2 posted 06-13-2012 03:24 PM

That’s what I was thinking Don. I want to make t&G out of reclaimed lumber.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 06-13-2012 03:31 PM

I know you’ve got like a gazzilion routers, but I only have a couple. Its nice to have the extra power and for things like raised panels, t&g, ship lapping, its a nice to have, and for $300, its in line with a router cost anyhow. Its a little more setup, so for single instance cuts, I usually do the router or hand plane.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#4 posted 06-13-2012 06:36 PM

I got a grizzly like that ,spindles that take 1/2’ and 3/4’, motor reverses . I have a 1/8’ rounder in it all the time,just for rounding all edges on my toys. easy to ching bits.and I like the slower speed when I have my fingers close to the bit, It is a 1 1/2 hp. model G1035 221 pounds I use mine all the time.
Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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#5 posted 06-13-2012 06:38 PM

So where is the picture of the Shaper then?

What’s the bloody hold up? just go do it

Make something, post the pickies and we can all enjoy.

Regards Robert Brennan

P.S. failing a decision you could always send me the $300 and I could “look after it for you” tee hee

-- Regards Robert

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#6 posted 06-13-2012 07:29 PM

Better grab it. What make is it ?

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#7 posted 06-13-2012 09:20 PM

300 bucks is a darn good price.

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#8 posted 06-13-2012 10:11 PM

I have a shaper on my combo woodworking machine. It is very effective, but I can’t afford many blades for it and so it goes mostly unused. It is also time consuming to set up compared to a router. Also, even though some shapers can be adapted to use router bits, they run at too low RPM to be really useful.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 06-14-2012 01:44 AM

I use the Grizzly g1035 1 1/2 hp shaper, that I got from a friend for next to nothing…250.00 plus eight shaper cutters. I don’t think he ever used it and is now out of the custom house building business.(million dollar homes on the Stillwater River). It is a router on steroids…I just finished a table that I used tongue and groove to make the table top, and to cut the 45’s on the legs,also used it to make the top of the end tables I made the wife for Xmas. I use it more than the router now for round over and ogee work…no burn marks….The cutters are Grizzly, which don’t cost that much when you look at other brands…May not last as long as the expensive stuff, but I haven’t run into that problem yet…So I think for 300 bucks your getting a good deal

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#10 posted 06-14-2012 03:42 AM

Thanks . I am going to pick it up Thurs evening. Photos will be posted.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#11 posted 06-14-2012 01:37 PM

Congratulations on the purchase, that sounds like a serious piece of good machinery, and with your background,
you will definitely get some use from it. Waiting for the pictures.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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canadianchips

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#12 posted 06-15-2012 01:38 AM

Brought it home. It now sits in my NEW MAN CAVE. It is a PowerMaXX. Photos of new member to my woodworking family.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#13 posted 06-15-2012 02:16 AM

You did good ! reversible, micro-adj split fence, cutters. not bad. Enjoy !

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#14 posted 06-15-2012 12:18 PM

sweet!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#15 posted 06-15-2012 01:46 PM

Looks nice and sturdy, how easy/hard is it to change the spindles? I have small King-Seeley shaper that does
get a little use, but a friend had 4 big shapers in his production shop, he hated to change and and adjust the
heads, so each one had a dedicated use and his crew put a lot of hours on them. Hope you have a lot of fun
with this one.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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