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Forum topic by ToddJB posted 01-27-2015 03:34 PM 760 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ToddJB

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01-27-2015 03:34 PM

I just picked up a shaper, but it only came with one cutter and the Freud door system. I currently only have a 3/4” spindle.

Where do ya’ll get your shaper cutters? I’m not looking for highest quality to do a billion feet of one run. I’m looking for bang for buck. Good quality for a great price.

Also, any that you would absolutely stay away from?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built


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#1 posted 01-27-2015 04:33 PM

We used to buy quite a few cutters at various auctions, estate sales, etc. They usually sold them in groups. Some were good and some had to be tossed but overall it worked out great. Sometimes you would run into a tool chest full of them. At one time we had seven shapers on the shop floor. New shaper cutters ain’t cheap.

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#2 posted 01-27-2015 04:55 PM

Thanks Charles, I’m a deal hound so I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes pealed for used/2nd hand options, but I am curious as to where people are buying their new ones.

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#3 posted 01-28-2015 02:09 AM

I woke up about twenty years ago and started buying mine from grizzly after throwing lots of money out the window on quite a few other brands. For the 1 1/4 bores i have cutters that have held up for 30 yrs but for the 3/4 bores i would challenge you to find better bang for the buck than grizz.
Enjoy the journey! jb

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#4 posted 01-28-2015 02:13 AM

I think the Grizzly has a decent cutter at a good price. We have bought a lot of the Freeborn cutters over time but they are definitely costly. And like what has been mentioned, I happened upon a deal where I got a collection of cutters from a shop that had closed down. They were insert type LRM cutters and were in very good condition.

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#5 posted 01-28-2015 02:16 AM

Also, if you ever decide you want to do any custom edge detail, you might invest in a 2 knife head. I run one of those that I get from a fella out of Canada. He is a great resource for custom knives and heads for a very affordable price. I do not recall though if that 2 knife head will run with a 3/4 spindle. Not sure. If interested I will look him up for you though.

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#6 posted 01-28-2015 02:40 AM

I get mine from Freeborn

http://www.freeborntool.com/

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#7 posted 01-28-2015 01:44 PM

Thanks for the input, guys. Looks like I’ll be scoping Grizzly out for awhile.

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