3 hp shaper Experience

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Forum topic by flipflop posted 01-21-2011 07:21 PM 1269 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2011 07:21 PM

I’m planning on milling my own hardwood floors and asked around and the consensus is buy a shaper. Be for I buy anything I do my homework to get the best product for the money. I have been researching shapers for a few days and have got mixed reviews on a few models. I would like you guys to give me you personal experience with shapers or let me know what you have heard about them. So please post the model or models you have used and liked so I would know what real wood works have to say about a product. My criteria is 3hp and maybe able to take a power feeder. Thanks for your help.

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#1 posted 01-21-2011 08:14 PM

I have used shapers extensively for years. I own multiple Powermatics (Some as much as 35 years old) as well as several other brands. They have all been good, but everything I use is industrial quality. I use 2 SCMI shapers. They are expensive, but the Mini-Max by SCMI is more affordable. (If you don’t mind extreme arrogance from their parts dept!)
Your question probably comes down to price and availability as much as anything. I have a Bridgewood I really like (It has a sliding table) Jet is good. I don’t own any Grizzly or Delta, but they seem good according to what I read. In fact, in that price range they are all going to be similar quality. Dealer choice might be more of a factor. I found a review on 3hp shapers that might help

I’m not at my shop and I don’t remember any model numbers right. I can check if you need them.

If I can answer any questions, let me know


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#2 posted 01-21-2011 08:56 PM

Kent, I’m trying to stay under $1,500 and have read that link and it was very informative. Any part # would be good also if you know of any new saws by those brands that are holding up as well as the old. Thank you.

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