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Posted on Grizzly 1.5 HP shaper or comparably priced cast iron router setup?

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#1 posted 05-20-2013 06:39 PM

depends what you will be using it for?

I just sold mine with the router bit adapter. I sold it because I don’t have much woodworking time nowadays, but other than that It was a really nice machine to use. I also have a router table, and between the 2 of those, for routing out edges I would go with the shaper. for internal routing of pocket holes, joinery, etc I would go with the router table – which brings me back the the question – what will you be using it for mainly?

pros for shaper – humming motor vs screaming banshee (router), more torque (can also be a hazard – so use a proper sled/feeder and not a flimsy miter gauge or something that doesn’t have A TON of control). best for edge shaping.

pros for router – runs faster, so smaller bits produce better/cleaner results. best for internal/joinery routing.

Now, if you really are doing lots of edge shaping, and larger profiles – you’re better off getting a 3Hp shaper all together with a larger (1.25”) arbor which most shaper cutters are made for (more common and easier to find cutters for).

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