Delta Invicta RS-15 Shaper Advice

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Forum topic by jcalberto posted 02-06-2013 06:43 AM 6729 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2013 06:43 AM

Hi Guys,

I on the market for a good shaper. My budget is $3800 max. I was thinking of getting the Powermatic 5hp 2700 single phase but I found a used Delta Invicta RS-15 Shaper. The Delta is 3-phase machine with a 7.5hp motor. The price for the Delta is $2500. If you were on my shoes would you buy the Delta RS-15 or the new Powermatic? I can’t find much reviews on the Delta RS-15 but on my research I did notice a lot of people recommending the SCMI T110 or T130 but I haven’t been able to find one at my budget. If I go with the Delta RS-15, will I have a hard time finding replacing parts in case I need to replace a part in the future?

Thank You,

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 07:31 AM

Yeah, I think Invicta parts have become a problem.

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#2 posted 02-06-2013 06:31 PM

The only guys I know that recomend the scmi over the rs-15 are those that have not used the invicta. That is my largest shaper and has worked flawlessly for a long time now. Based on the table inserts it has the capability to swing a 13 inch dia. Cutter and with the soft start I have no doubt it will do that. And at 1200 plus lbs it will not likely walk away from your shop. Spindle changes are pretty easy too . Make sure the spindle collar tool is included I have a two hp feeder on mine and have made some unbelievable runs on it . As for replacement parts, that’s not likely to be an issue short of spindle bearings which I have yet to replace and mine is a mid eighties machine. 2500 bucks is not bad. If it has a feeder on it that’s even better. Enjoy JB

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#3 posted 02-06-2013 08:52 PM

Tks guys. Well, I called Delta to see if they still have parts for these old model and they said no but referred me to Syracuse Industrial. I called Syracuse and they said that parts for these old Delta’s are no longer available and that I shouldn’t bother buying one for this same issue unless the seller is selling it for a few hundred dollars. He went on to explain that now all these industrial tool manufactures including the Europeans only support parts for seven years before they stop in part to force people to move to the newer machines. He said I was better off buying either a current Powermatic or Grizzly and to avoid any tool made in China but instead get one that is made in Taiwan instead. Since both Grizzly and Powermatic tools are made in Taiwan or China, he recommended to save my money and buy a Taiwanese Shaper from Grizzly. So what do you guys think? Should I still pursue an old industrial shaper and run the risk of not finding parts for it later on in case it breaks down or just get the Grizzly G0608X?


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#4 posted 02-06-2013 09:00 PM

I think you really need to assess the condition of the machine.

Parts can be custom made but if it’s a machine in need
of work perhaps you should pass unless you can get it
at a price that makes the work worthwhile.

I’ve been fortunate with my old iron machinery but mine
have been of the lighter class. When you get into buying
industrial class machines that have seen real factory use
they can be quiet a chore to get working right.

Industrial machines from better makers are really built
to last and shapers are not very complicated machines.

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