|Forum topic by Logan Windram||posted 07-03-2016 09:55 PM||664 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
07-03-2016 09:55 PM
allright, I get my shop back here in 30 days, and the time has come… to poop or get off the pot on whether to equip my shop with a new router, fit and table/ cabinet -or- purchase a shaper with the spindle that allows you to run 1/2 router bits in the machine.
i have agonized over this, to me, its so close its hard to lean either way….. here it is:
1. speed- the shaper doesn’t run as fast as a router, but what exactly do you need the 22k RPMs for anyway? The better router of muscle have variable speeds to run slow for larger cuts, the shaper is designed for it… wash
2. lift- either way I am buying a precise lift- wash
3. I will not be taking my router motor out to use as a handheld, i already have a nice handheld with a plunge- wash
4. dust collection- wash
5. reversibility- nice to have- edge shaper
6. powerfeed- not sure if I would ever use it- edge, kinda shaper
7. noise- edge shaper
8. longevity- 220v shaper, perhaps edge?
9. flexibility in router bits. shaper knives- here is where i get stuck. you can run 1/2 inch router bits in a shaper, is it operational the same as a router table? I really liked patterning with the a helical shaper with carbide teeth head when I used it, a nice option on the shaper…. but is 10k rpm on the shaper enough to run most router bits effectively?
10. price- 3 hp shaper, 1100 bucks. ballsy router, quality lift, lets say 800 bucks…. is it worth just doing the shaper? 1100 for the shaper doesn’t get me into a tilt head shaper, which i would really like, but its not a feature enough to spend another thousand plus until justified.
11. Safety- all tool are dangerous, but I do understand the shaper is a different animal that a router table, and things you might get any with on a router table can have humbling results on the larger headed, more powerful shaper. i am comfortable using a shaper as a shaper, and have a good feel for shaping and building heftier jigs to present wood to larger fast turning cutter. i thought this was a good difference to note.
anybody using router bits in their shaper? good, bad, indifferent? i have been in a situation with router table, no shaper. I Have been in a situation with both (it was NICE)... but never only had a shaper.
Thoughts would be appreciated.