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Forum topic by Timber58 posted 01-02-2012 09:02 PM 1136 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2012 09:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: reviews resource question shaping milling joining wood shaper

I am looking to purchase a shaper, i want to make t&g flooring. Having had no experience with shapers, and there being so many makes & models to choose from, it became obvious i need a little help here…
The one that did catch my eye is the General 140-250M1 3hp 3/4. Does anyone have any feedback on this or other shapers?

-- I have so many projects on the go, guess I'm not a "finish" carpenter!

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 09:29 PM

The basic 3/4” 3HP shapers are a good place to start with shapers. Most
of these are more the same than they are different.

You’ll want to get a power feeder too, so figure the cost of the
feeder into your investment.

Lots of shops close their doors and liquidate the shapers, so there
are some good used buys out there. Shapers used in factories
and some pro shops may have been run pretty hard, but bigger
shapers tend to be well built and hold up well. Of course you should
look for a single phase shaper and hands-down the chances are
a single phase shaper hasn’t had industrial use.

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#2 posted 01-03-2012 07:12 AM

Thanks Loren, some good sound advice.

-- I have so many projects on the go, guess I'm not a "finish" carpenter!

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#3 posted 01-03-2012 12:57 PM

i have two jet shapers, but i do like the weaver shaper.table is bigger an a little pricey.


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#4 posted 01-03-2012 04:32 PM

I like Powermatic shapers. When we stopped making furniture in order to manufacture molding full time we had seven shapers. Six of them were Powermatic model 26’s 4 were 5HP and 2 were 3 HP. We also had one 10 HP SCM shaper. You can run the hell out of a Powermatic shaper for years day in and day out without any problem. Because of the way the economy is right now and because of all of the businesses closing down you can pick em up on the industrial auctions for a good price.


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