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Forum topic by StefanKitchens posted 06-03-2012 04:01 AM 1552 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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StefanKitchens

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06-03-2012 04:01 AM

Hi there,

I am in Thailand and am getting into making kitchens. I have already collated some tools, such as, Festool plunge saw, AEG 12ich mitre saw and all the obvious drills etc. I have a DIY router table which I have attached to my router. The problem is, it’s not up to the job.

I’m looking to buy a heavy semi-industrial router table that will router true and be able to deal with working for hours every day.

Below is a link to one I’ve found.

http://www.chtmachinery.com/images/1127798496/1253001764.jpg

The site is in Thai so there’s not much info but I was wondering if anyone knew this machine or could give me any feedback about it?

I would really appreciate the help and advice.

Thanks,

Stefan


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patron

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#1 posted 06-03-2012 04:13 AM

that looks like a shaper to me stefan

it has it’s own motor and shaft for cutter heads
(which can be expensive)

they may have an adapter for it
so you can use regular router bits

i use that set-up on my shaper too

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#2 posted 06-03-2012 06:10 AM

Thanks for the reply,

I saw the machine the other day and it has a half inch collet for router bits but I was worried about the power of the machine and whether the collet stayed true through lots of use.

I’ll be mainly using it for making his and her cuts to assemble kitchen doors.

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#3 posted 06-03-2012 07:13 AM

Yes, that is in fact a router and it probably turns at 18000-20000
rpm. If it is well made it will outlast an inverted hand-held router
many times over. The belt drive and large motor make such
a machine very powerful and durable.

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#4 posted 06-03-2012 12:22 PM

No, it is not a router, it is properly called a shaper as the first commenter stated. If you want to make mouldings all day buy a shaper. They run much slower than 18000 rpm and hence shouldn’t use router bits which are designed for higher speeds. A shaper will outlast a router table any day of the week and will hold alignment and height longer.

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#5 posted 06-03-2012 08:05 PM

That looks like a well made shaper with a table that moves up and down as opposed to moving the arbor up and down. Solid heavy duty stand. The only thing I don’t like about it is the dust collecting shelf in the back. But I could fix that fast. If the price suites you I think it would serve you well.
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#6 posted 06-21-2012 01:18 AM

I’m going into the shop today so will ask about the rpm of the machine. Thanks for the help guys.

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