This craigslist find or a new Bosh 2-1/4hp router?

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Too late tonight, going to call him in the morning to see if he still has it. What would you choose, this shaper or this new router and make a router table?

-- Jay - or

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#1 posted 614 days ago

IMO I would go with the router for several reasons like:

1. you can use the router in and out of a table so, more flexibility
2. shapers are nice, but they’re stationary, so it will only perform one function
3. shaper cutting heads can get pretty expensive.
4. you may need 220V setup for the shaper(I don’t know this shaper, I’m just speculating.

Whatever you decide, good luck with it.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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#2 posted 614 days ago

If you want a shaper your not lightly to find another one at that price. The router can be bought at that price or less any time.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 614 days ago

You can get that router kit from Amazon right now for $187 – $25 (Bosch tools promo) = $162.

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#4 posted 614 days ago

That’s a good shaper. It can be wired for 110 or 220. It can use router bits. Grizzly still sells it.

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#5 posted 613 days ago

That’s an incredible price on the shaper if it works….if you waited this long, it’s probably gone. If it’s still there, buy it and try it….you can always resell it, and buy the Bosch anytime if you don’t like it, but you can’t buy that shaper at that price everyday.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#6 posted 613 days ago

I already have 5 routers, so I would probably go with the shaper.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#8 posted 613 days ago

At that price if you have the room go with the shaper.

I just looked at you facebook page. The projects you have posted the shaper would be better for you than the router and table.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#9 posted 613 days ago

I’m leery of the shaper at that price. It appears to have been used professionally. It is possible that it spent its days being subservient to knuckle-dragging neanders. I would examine it carefully. The cover missing from the switch is a clue.

The next thing would be the spindle. Be sure the threads are ok and check the bearings. Bring a box o’ wrenches and loosen the belt so you can feel and hear the spindle bearings. Yes, they can be replaced, but you’d want to know that ahead of time.

I’d like to hear from owners of that Bosch router. I had one, many years ago, which looked very similar. It was a fine machine except for the noise, which included some high frequencies that put my dental fillings at risk. That’s why I sold it. My hope is that they addressed that issue.


-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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