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12-18-2011 02:42 PM

I made a mistake, I checked the local classified on line and I saw a wood shaper for sale.
I really was not looking to buy a wood shaper but I went to look at it anyway.
At first I said “no thank you” and my wife and I drove away but then I told my wife to go back and here is what I bought for $75.00 ( in fact my wife paid for the all thing):

The shaper itself is quite old but almost new (used may 2 or three times) and only one cutter has ever been used.
All other ones (sold by Grizzly) are brand spanking new.
Grizzly sales a very similar (identical?) shaper for $395.00 plus $74.00 for shipping.

Shop Fox sales their version for $492.00

It is too old to have the router bits adapter but I already checked, I can buy them from HF for around $20.00 ( both 1/4 and 1/2”)
One more time, thank you God!

-- Bert

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#1 posted 12-18-2011 02:50 PM

Congratulations. For $75 most any woodworker would like to have it and what you got with it.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 12-18-2011 02:53 PM

Your wife is a keeper …...
Good find on the shaper, I am always looking as well, ONE day I will.
Go online, you can buy NEW shaper knifes from a company called “Elite” based out of Quebec Canada. I am certain there are places in the USA as well. For larger jobs a shaper is far superior to a router EVERYTIME. (Quieter too)

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 12-18-2011 02:55 PM

’ Your wife is a keeper ……” I KNOW THAT.( that’s why she still is my wife)

-- Bert

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#4 posted 12-18-2011 03:16 PM

75 bucks! wow, what a result!

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#5 posted 12-18-2011 03:19 PM

I assume the ‘mistake’ was driving away in the first place and having to consume more gas driving back. That looks like a well spent 75 bucks.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#6 posted 12-18-2011 03:29 PM

“I assume the ‘mistake’ was driving away in the first place and having to consume more gas driving back.” it was just to the driveway across the street

-- Bert

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#7 posted 12-18-2011 04:12 PM

I have that exact same shaper. I bought it new probably 25 years ago (guessing here but its close). I was doing it for a living at the time, so it got a lot of use. I replaced the 1 hp motor with a 3hp. I honestly can not remember if the 1 hp burnt out or I just wanted more power.

When I moved out of my shop, it sat for a few years. When I built my new shop I was unsure whether I would set it up. I had taken the motor off it for something else, but found myself with an extra 3 hp motor, so its back in service again.

It’s a little loud, and I need to figure out a better dust collection system. Shapers seem to send dust though out the shop.

Either way, you’ve got a great deal and I think you’re going to be glad you bought it.

I called HF a while back. This is what the tech told me about a router bit adapter. I never ordered them because I’m not sure I’d want to run router bits in the shaper.
We have no way to say for sure that you would be able to use the parts
from the 95668 on the 138 as item 138 is discontinued and we do not have
any that we could check. If you would like to order the parts you are
welcome to do so and if they do not work you can send them back for a
refund as long as you call within 30days of receiving the parts. If you
would like to order those parts please call 1-800-444-3353 or
1-800-423-2567 and request the following item numbers. #10210.0zza 102 95668 COLLET NUT back ordered until
11/27/09 $12.96 #10211.0zza 103 95668 1/4 COLLET back ordered until
12/28/09 $9.00 #10212.0zza 104 95668 1/2 COLLET back ordered until
11/27/09 $9.00

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#8 posted 12-18-2011 04:41 PM

Looks like a deal to me!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 12-18-2011 04:44 PM

DW, it is interesting and informative to check different part books as on the Fox shop they explain that you need to space the table up for router bits as with the collets the bits would be way too high above the table.

I am about sure that the parts would fit just fine.
Another ting to consider is that the shaper rotate at about 1/3 to 1/2 the speed of a router, that should be fine for large cutter heads but for small one that could be too slow.

Installing a different (read more HP) motor should allow to either install a motor which spins faster or to install a larger driving pulley to increase the bits RPMs and then install a variable speed controller ( I already have one that I do not use)

Hot roding my tools is my favorite hobby, more than in fact using them.

-- Bert

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#10 posted 12-18-2011 05:02 PM

Thank you Charlie (I hope that you mean to say a “good” deal)_

-- Bert

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#11 posted 12-18-2011 05:02 PM

the other thing to note about this shaper is the table is a bit small. I used it a lot for raised panel doors, sometime big doors. With longer stock an infeed and outfeed table is a must, even for the stiles.

I found the 1 hp motor didn’t like raising panels in hardwood. It took to many passes for me, thus the 3 hp upgrade.

Today, doing this as a hobby, I wouldn’t buy a shaper (unless I got a deal like yours) but I have it, it works well, so I’ll certainly use it.

I’m working on a panel raiding hand plane. I’ll use that (assuming I make it work well) for a panel or two, but when you’re looking at a dozen raised panels, this little sweetheart shines.

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#12 posted 12-18-2011 05:37 PM

Lucky dog, I want a shaper, but I keep putting it off. I did the same thing with a drum sander, but I found a 26” woodmaster for 750. I guess I will wait a while longer:)

-- Stay busy....Stay young

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#13 posted 12-18-2011 05:38 PM

“Stay busy….Stay young” I believe this is true

-- Bert

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#14 posted 12-18-2011 07:40 PM

You really got a good deal on that shaper, I got one I paid $50 for, but it did not have the extra knives and
needed a lot more TLC to just get it to run. It is a 1953 King-Seeley, and I spent way more time rebuilding
it than I have operating it since it was finished. Don W’s advise is right on, hope you have lots of fun with
this new toy.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#15 posted 12-18-2011 08:04 PM

Those cutters you got with it are worth significantly more than
you paid for the whole outfit.

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