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Forum topic by KMT posted 997 days ago 1528 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KMT

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997 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: router table shaper router

Hi,
First off, let me say, I have never used a router table or a shaper before.
I have an old Craftsmen router that I have used as a handheld tool for many years.
I am looking to change that situation now.

My question is, Is a router table the same thing as a shaper, or better yet, will they do the same thing? I am seriously considering like this http://www.sears.ca/product/general-international8482-3-4-wood-spindle-shaper-40-250-m1/609-000754879-40-250_4_M1 or possibly a Grizzly model shaper.

Any help will be appreciated.
Thanks
KMT

-- - Martin


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NBeener

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#1 posted 997 days ago

Just covered, in this thread:

LINK

-- -- Neil

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dbray45

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#2 posted 997 days ago

Make your own router table, it is well worth it.

router table and shaper are completely different animals. If you are making flooring, commercial moldings, etc… get a shaper, otherwise a router table is much more flexible and economical.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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Bill White

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#3 posted 997 days ago

Just my opinion, but I’d stay away from anything Craftsman.
Now after that blast, I use a router table instead of a shaper ‘cause I feel the router gives me more flexibility as to less expensive cutters, routing tennons, rabbets, finishing inside circles, etc.
The shaper is more of a commercial heavy duty device, and the cutters are a bunch more pricey.
You didn’t state what kinda work ya wanna do.
I built my router table, fence with dust collection, and have been well pleased with the end product. It is equipped with a Freud soft start router with 1/4” and 1/2” collets. It’ll do what I need.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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dbray45

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#4 posted 997 days ago

Oh, I forgot – Bill touched on it -
For a router table – nothing less than 3HP. Had 3 with less HP, all are gone – burned up.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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Loren

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#5 posted 997 days ago

I wouldn’t pay $1500 for a shaper with a 3/4” spindle. If you have that
much to spend, get a used one with a 1” or bigger maximum spindle size –
most will come with 1/2” and 3/4” spindles as well.

You can run router bits in many shapers and get good results – maximum
speed on a shaper is usually 1/2 or less the max speed on a router though,
so cuts that benefit from the high speed of a table mounted router
may come out better on a router table. Having a router, a table can be
made in a pinch with a flat board with a hole in it.

I almost always buy machinery used. You can get your tools for 1/2 price or
less usually that way.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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MikeGo

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#6 posted 997 days ago

my vote is for the router table, I use it alot more then my shaper . I have the Grizzly G1035 and I am very happy with it . I use the G1705 bit spindles if needed. The Grizzly is around $545.

-- Mike, Marietta,ny

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KMT

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#7 posted 997 days ago

Allright, thanks for the opinions guys.
After reading the link that NBeener gave me, I think that the safety issues with a shaper alone will direct me to the router side.
I guess my main reason for looking at shapers was that they are all inclusive and more or less ready to go.
I do like the idea of combining a router table with my Table saw.
KMT

-- - Martin

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