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Forum topic by builtinabarn posted 1988 days ago 1620 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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builtinabarn

98 posts in 2012 days


1988 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: resource jig tip trick router tablesaw shaper feeder milling shaping

I visited a shop today to buy a Performax 22/44 drum sander from a guy who needed a little cash for some bills. To my amazement he had the smaller Delta Shaper Feeder set up at his router table and his General 10” cabinet table saw. He attached it with through bolts on the router table and actually drilled holes and tapped them for bolts, right through the cast iron top of the saw. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this thing in action on the table saw and router table. It worked so well. On the router table, no feather boards, no hard pushing boards through the router, just even routes with no burns from adjusting your grip while pushing boards through feather boards. On the table saw, flawless ripping of strip of plywood and solid stock(up to 12” – that’s how he had it set up, he was milling 100s of feet of base boards) and you never have to get your hand anywhere close to the blade. He could change the feeder from the router to the table saw in about 3 minutes, that’s not to bad. Those feeders only cost $285. That’s not a bad investment for the ease of use with the router table, set up with feather boards, and all that pushing. I’m sold on this idea.
What do you guys think? Have you heard of people doing this or do you do it. If so, give me some pros and cons of this. Thanks Bob

-- Built in a Barn Bob


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kiwi1969

609 posts in 2069 days


#1 posted 1988 days ago

I used them on spindle moulders all the time. Perfect pressure and adjustable feed rates. Great for long runs of stock but maybe a waste of time for single pieces. Just set up the feed angle so it keeps the stock against the fence and let the machine do the rest. If I was in a production situation again I would have them, I guess the only question you should be asking is can you justify the expense. If the answers is yes then go for it.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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builtinabarn

98 posts in 2012 days


#2 posted 1987 days ago

Thanks guys for your comments. I hope several others will comment also.

-- Built in a Barn Bob

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Travis_Porter

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#3 posted 1986 days ago

I had the Grizzly copy of the Delta Versa Feeder, but sold it awhile back as it just didn’t seem to have enough power for me. Currently, I have a 1/4 HP Delta 3 wheel feeder on my shaper and a 1 HP 3 wheel feeder on the shaper on my Felder tablesaw/shaper combo. In both scenarioes I have trouble keeping the stock tight against the fence consistently. Otherwise they work very very well. I can see using it on a router table, bandsaw, etc, etc, etc.

I just happened to get a good deal on a 1 HP 3 wheel feeder and I will be putting it on my shaper and moving the 1/4 HP to my jointer for use when I have a lot of stock to joint. To me, as long as you have a fence that is supported front and back (ie no Biesemeyer’s without clamping the backend) a power feeder is a wonderful thing. I would love to get a 4 wheel 8 speed feeder one day, I just haven’t been able to swallow the price….

I sort of treat power feeders like clamps. You can never have enough.

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sandhill

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#4 posted 1532 days ago

I have been looking at the Performax 22/44 drum sander now Jet I think. How do you like it? Wish I could find a used one myself. If you hear of one let me know?

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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