|Forum topic by JustJoe||posted 120 days ago||482 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
120 days ago
I’ve been looking for an affordable metalworking shaper for a few years now and they’re just not coming up in my little slice of the desert. But I’m driving cross country next month, leaving 3 September, and hopefully I can find something along the way out or back.
I want a shaper – Atlas, Southbend, Cincinatti, No-name, doesn’t matter. I only have about $500 to spend. I might be able to squeeze out another 1-200 but that would be tight since I’m already spending $700 I don’t have for gas on the trip. So I don’t expect mint in the box. As long as it’s workable I’d be happy. (I can replace the motor, but finding other parts out here is impossible).
I’m looking for the old smaller ones – the 6-7” size that weighs less than 500 pounds. It has to fit in the back of my pickup and not kill the suspension. There’s a ginormous Cinci one at auction in NM right now but it’s way beyond my needs/space.
I’m in southern AZ. The route I’ve planned is basically here to Albuquerque (I don’t think there’s anything in Demind or Las Cruces but if so let me know). In Albuquerque I’ll hang a right and head on over through Amarillo, then OKC, then a slight turn to the left will take me up to St. Louis and on to just south of Chicago where I will reluctantly enter that desolate wasteland I left so many years ago – Michigan – to Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor and halfway to Flint. Google Map Albuquerque to Ann Arbor MI and you’ll see about where I’m headed.
I’m willing to detour a couple of hours north or south along the way, or make a 4-5 hour drive at the end (Highland Twp MI) so if you’ve got a shaper for sale, or know of someone with one for sale please let me know. I’ve been checking CL for years and I see them pop up in the MI/IN/OH area for 400-600 depending n condition so I know they’re out there (I also see them pop up for $2200, but that’s just not possible at this time.)
I know it’s still 3 weeks out, but I figured I’d ask early and if I get no response I’ll keep bumpng this up as the departure date approaches.