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GENERAL DISCUSSIONS => Other Tools & Accessories => Topic started by: colinw on February 12, 2008, 08:30 PM

Title: Shaper or not ?
Post by: colinw on February 12, 2008, 08:30 PM
My table mounted router finally bit the dust today it has had a long hard life and paid for itself 100 times over, the home made cabinet it sits in has seen better days too and needs to be replaced also. I used it mainly for lots pattern cutting, raised panel doors and rounding over a lot of edges. I have never owned or used a shaper but i am considering a grizzly 1035 or 1026 to replace it (and the $500 or $900 price is pretty attractive since a good quality router table and router is not much cheaper, and do not have the time to construct a new table).  cutter cost is not an issue . I do own a 1400 for out of table work.   Any advice / opinions on either machines, learning curve or anything else you think i should consider.

Title: Re: Shaper or not ?
Post by: Scott W. on February 12, 2008, 09:05 PM
......   Any advice / opinions on either machines, learning curve or anything else you think i should consider.

I have the 3hp Grizz 1026, mine is around 7-8 years old now so I don't know if it's the same machine. It has served me well and I have run thousands of feet of stock through it.

I have a 1hp stock feeder on it.  The fences are a pain to adjust, the arbors not convenient to change but if your turning large cutters or have a lot of the same profile to run there is simply no comparing a shaper to a router table.

That said, I also have a router table with an Incra Ls fence system that is my "go to" machine for small projects. With the ease of set up and accuracy of the LS I can have the boards run in less time it takes to set up & adjust the shaper.

You can see pic's of both here (http://www.cottsinc.com/woodshop)

FYI, if you have never run a shaper, they can be a little "scary" swinging a large cutter  be careful  :)

Scott W.