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Forum topic by jroskey posted 02-06-2016 04:59 PM 442 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jroskey

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02-06-2016 04:59 PM

Hello, I’d love everyone’s opinion on buying my first shaper. I run a small studio furniture shop in Upstate New York – mostly making chairs, stools, dining tables and case goods. Strictly hardwoods. It’s come time to buy a shaper for template routing of parts mostly for chairs and tables. We wont be using it for a lot of joinery applications. Any opinions on size of machine, brand, options, etc. are appreciated. Budget is $2,000 or under for this single-application machine. We will add a larger shaper with a sliding table at a later date for joinery.


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#1 posted 02-06-2016 05:13 PM

Try grizzly.com

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jroskey

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#2 posted 02-06-2016 05:21 PM

I should have been more specific…looking for a used machine and more interested in capabilities than brands. I won’t buy a grizzly or Taiwan machine…machine needs to be for small production runs. I’ve been through the grizzly stage when we started out and have since upgrade all machinery to italian industrial tools.

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#3 posted 02-06-2016 05:44 PM

Sounds like you know what you want and more importantly what you don’t want. Your approach is solid.

Search CL. They are out there and the budget will buy a lot of shaper.

There is a large Northfield are out me for 1k. That is a big production machine. Look at twin spindles for the kind of shaping you are doing. May Dave you some work not having to retool.

Steve
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bigblockyeti

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#4 posted 02-06-2016 06:53 PM

Not sure about exactly what you’re looking for in specifications, but this should be pretty capable: https://www.hgrinc.com/productDetail/Woodworking/USED-MOAK-ROUTER--SHAPER/10151530049

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jroskey

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#5 posted 02-06-2016 06:56 PM



Sounds like you know what you want and more importantly what you don t want. Your approach is solid.

Search CL. They are out there and the budget will buy a lot of shaper.

There is a large Northfield are out me for 1k. That is a big production machine. Look at twin spindles for the kind of shaping you are doing. May Dave you some work not having to retool.

Steve
Who loves shapers more than chocolate

- SirIrb

Thanks was actually looking at a large table Moak or something similar

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jroskey

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#6 posted 02-06-2016 07:04 PM

Is having a variable speed machine important for my application??

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bigblockyeti

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#7 posted 02-06-2016 08:49 PM

It really just matters the size of what cutter you’re using. If you’re using a 2” cutter, high speed would work, if you’re using a 10” cutter the lower speed typically only offered with a multispeed machine would be needed.

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