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Forum topic by Brandocalrizzion posted 06-18-2016 08:06 PM 543 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brandocalrizzion

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06-18-2016 08:06 PM

A friend of mine’s dad is selling some of his woodworking gear. He has a Grizzly G1035 that he is asking $300 for. Here is a link: Grizzly G1035

Right now I have some mediocre, at best, routers with no router table. I often round over corners and prefer to soften up edges on most of my projects that I do. I enjoy making cutting boards, chairs, and tables.

Do you guys see this as a good deal and value?


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#1 posted 06-18-2016 08:31 PM

It is only a good deal if it is something you will use. A shaper is not a router table and uses different cutters and bits than a router table. If you feel it is something you will get a good bit of use from then buy it…

I bought a shaper about 8 years ago thinking I would use it…however I rarely ever used it so I ended selling it. My router tables get much more use and are used practically every day.

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Brandocalrizzion

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#2 posted 06-19-2016 02:50 AM

Thanks the Southerner for your response. Apparently there 5 different cutters that are coming with it. I have only used a router before. Considering a Router Table versus Shaper Table setup, is there any pros or cons for the Shaper over the router, other than bits & cutters?

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#3 posted 06-19-2016 03:13 AM

shaoers don’t see much general use. When I think shaper, I think production machinery.

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#4 posted 06-19-2016 05:07 AM

I had that shaper for a while. Found it on CL. The only reason I moved it on was that I found another good deal (also on CL) for a 2 hp Jet shaper. The Griz is a good shaper, and more powerful than a router. Also much quieter with the induction motor. Prior to that I had a router table with a PC 7518 (big router), but I was happy to switch to the shaper.

You can get a router collet for it from Grizzly. In fact, it might come with one. I do have shaper cutters, but I mostly use router bits because I have them.

If you have 220v I would strongly urge you to wire it for the higher voltage. When the guy who sold me mine turned it on (at 110v), the lights dimmed noticeably.

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#5 posted 06-19-2016 11:06 PM

Added thoughts: Another virtue of that (and larger) shapers is that it has a good range of vertical adjustment. I would stay away from any of the small (3/4 to 1 hp) shapers because they are usually limited to less than an inch of vertical adjustment. Also, they usually have only a 1/2” spindle. If you do need larger cutters, you’ll need a 3/4” spindle or larger. An example would be panel raising cutters.

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#6 posted 06-19-2016 11:14 PM

All good advice given. My brother gave me an old Delta-Rockwell shaper. I was very excited, but I just don’t use it much. And it has the 1/2 inch spindle, which limits the cutters that are available. Mostly I use my excellent router table and the dozens of bits I have.

That said, it’s a great addition to the shop if you are going to use it.

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