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Forum topic by dustycajun posted 07-07-2015 01:30 AM 467 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-07-2015 01:30 AM

Looking at a like new delta 43 495×3 hp shaper. Was used twice. Husband passed wife selling, comes with 2 freud cutters, router spindle . Wants 900 is this fair . I understand delta not offering shapers anymore .also this is a usa made unit


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#1 posted 07-08-2015 03:04 AM

I have the Delta X5 3HP 15” planer likely of the same vintage and find it to be a well made machine. I acquired mine with a very similar story for $300…

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#2 posted 07-08-2015 03:18 AM

That is a decent upper light duty or lower medium duty shaper depending on how you classify them. I think $700 is more in line with what I have seen.

Two things about shapers, one the shaper itself is about the cheapest part of the whole “system” when you add a power feeder and tooling the cost of the shaper itself (unless its say a Martin) isn’t that big of a percentage of the whole. The second key to shapers is horse power and spindle size, if you end up using the shaper a lot you will begin to realize that 5hp is sort of the magic number with shapers and you will want a 1 1/4” spindle. I am not saying you can’t get a lot of use out of a smaller shaper but there are a lot of heavier duty shapers around for not much more money, often less at auction. I don’t mention these things to talk you out of it but take a long look at what you want to actually use a shaper for, consider the total cost to get there and decide things like how much HP, what spindle size and what capacity you need under the nut before you leap. My first shaper had similar specs to the one you are looking at and it took me about 2 weeks of using it to realize I needed more shaper to do all the things I come to realize were possible.

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