|Review by lilredweldingrod||posted 09-03-2011 08:15 AM||9473 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
I’ve had this shaper for a little over 3years now. I bought this on a whim as I did not have a router table at the time. I never had the intention of using it as a shaper due to the cost of the cutters.
I found that if you want to use it as a router table, you have to install 5 spacers under the table to raise it up to work with router bits otherwise the bits are way to high to use. This is the hardest part of the assembly job. The cast Iron table is one heavy piece to handle and place the spacers and longer metric bolts.
The first time I used this was to cut a slot in a 48 inch 1×4 oak plank. I learned that if you don’t know what you are doing you get to have a permanently separated shoulder. Check. Yep I got that. It matches the left one I separated in a car roll over in 2005. Due to my lack of experience with shapers, I now have matching jacked up shoulders. BUT this is not the fault of the machine in any way.
After I recovered from my fear of this thing, I have found it to be a very useful tool in my shop. I love the cast Iron top as it makes very nice even cuts. The only thing I don’t care for is the stock fence. It has taken me a while to remedy the problem of the fence constantly loosening up and moving around the table. I now use two hardened metric bolts with hex heads that I tighten with my impact driver. Problem solved.
The 1 horse motor give more power that is actually needed and handles the 3 inch raised panel bits with ease, but at a very high rate of speed. I wish there was a speed control for this motor. I bought the router speed control from MLCS but then found out that the motor is not compatible with the speed control due to the capacitors in the motor.
I have lowered the stand 5 1/2 inches to be more compatible with my wheelchair and I use it as an out feed table for my table saw.
I needed a new nut for the collet. It was murder trying to get one from Harbor Freight. Fortunately this unit is identical to Grizzly’s 3/4 hp unit. Any thing in parts you need for this is available from Grizzly. Maybe I’ll paint this one Grizzly colors and order a new Grizz sticker. lol
So if any one is in the market for a router/shaper I highly recommend the Harbor Freight, or a Grizzly for that matter.
OK guys beat this double review of two manufactures and one machine. lol