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06-05-2010 01:46 AM

I am trading a friend my like new condition 3 1/2 hp Milwaukee with above table adjustment. The router is excellent and a pleasure to use. I have only used it one time so far and do not have much need for the router. A while back I posted a tool gloat where I announced I bought the router off of CL for 60.00 from a fella. So, 60.00 for a 350.00 router was excellent.

My friend, a little older than me and many more toys/tools then I have, has a 1 1/2 hp Jet Shaper. I offered to buy it from him since it is sitting in a heavy duty storage bin, along with many other neat toys I might add. He told me $300 and I told him I would have to rub a couple nickles together and get back with him. So he and I decided on a trade. My Milwaukee router for his shaper. I am excited! I needed the extra shaper and hope to get one more shaper down the road so we will have three shapers. I want one shaper set for panels, one for styles and the other for rails. I might look at a stackable set that I can run on one spindle or something like that. My panel shaper I will add a 1 hp power feeder that I hope will make raising panels much easier.

I believe there are far more router lovers than shaper lovers here so I am interested to hear feed back on this deal. I think neither of us is really getting the better deal because he is getting a practically brand new router that is simply amazing to use with plenty of power to spare. Plus he leans more to the routers. And I will get a used shaper, I think it is around 6 years old or so, that is a little small but sufficient for what I plan to do with it for running styles and rails.


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#1 posted 06-05-2010 01:56 AM

If you’re both happy, it’s a good deal all around. I think you’ll find out shaper bits are more expensive than router bits. But, if it does what you want it to, that’s all that counts.

I would have made the trade, too. I think you did good.

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#2 posted 06-05-2010 02:03 AM

If everyone is happy you can’t lose. I also have an older woodworking buddy down the road and he also has a shaper. We have built many projects together and helped each other on personal projects and I’ve never seen him use this tool. We always buy our doors for bigger projects and use the router for small projects with two to four doors. If your friend knows your going to use this tool and he gets an almost new router I’m sure he will be very happy and you will too. Good Luck I hope it works well for you.

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#3 posted 06-05-2010 02:09 AM

Is he a LJ? :-))

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#4 posted 06-05-2010 02:21 AM

Like Hairy said if it works for you both then its a good thing.

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#5 posted 06-05-2010 02:25 AM

I’ll add one more vote for the “if it works for all it’s a great trade”. routers are routers, shapers are shapers. each with it’s characteristics. it really boils down to what you’ll use more and what will benefit you more. more than what other LJs will say, or like better for their own use.

sounds to me like a fantastic trade! congrats :)

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#6 posted 06-05-2010 02:27 AM

No he is not an LJ, that I know of. :) I usually feel a trade lends itself to someone with a lesser deal but in this trade I really feel we both get a fair deal. I already have shaper cutters I use with my 3 hp Grizzly shaper and that thing gets run a ton. We just built 25 doors this past week with our Grizzly, they all got stained today and look great!

I think it is a deal where if we did not make the trade, my router would gather a ton of dust and his shaper would live in storage. With this trade, I am sure he will use heck out of the router and I will do the same with the shaper. At least that is the goal.

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#7 posted 06-05-2010 04:57 AM

I read tis earlier in the day when I got the email and it struck me as a great deal. Especially if it’s a JWS-22 or like. This could be a gloat in my book.

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#8 posted 06-05-2010 05:19 AM

Curt, The shaper you speak of looks a little nicer with the closed base. The one I got from my friend has an open base but would be comparable in size and power to the JWS-22. The Jet shaper I got, I am not sure the model number, has an open base but is otherwise very comparable to the JWS-22. I know I am very happy and I feel my friend will be very happy. I told my wife that I loved that router so much that someday in the future when we get a little ahead, I am going to buy another 3 1/2 hp Milwaukee. I just loved how it felt in my hands, especially with the D handle grip, it is simply an excellent router, but bottom line the Jet will get more use in my shop.

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