Joey, any savings over a router table will be spent many times over on the cost of shaper cutters! Although there are shapers with router spindle adapters, the hi end shaper spindle speed is about the same as low end router speeds. The cut quality will not be the same, and lower feed rates will be required.
Shaper cutters regain the surface speed due to the larger diameter of the cutters.
Shapers are nice for large production runs, but the router is much more versatile.
By the way, I have less money in my router table than in my used when purchased shaper(not including my Incra Jig )!
The largest advantage to shapers occurs only with multi $1000 units, unless you find a real bargain on a used machine. The larger the table and heavier the machine, also larger motors and bearings, the smoother the cuts.
I have done raised panel doors on both router table and shapers. I do prefer the shaper, but unless you are looking at production quantities, I'd probably stick with the router table!
Short of the router bit adapter models, there are things you can do with the router table that a shaper won't/can't do. Even with the adapter, most shaper tables won't allow setting the fence back as far as router tables will. And there is still the low speed issue!
Just my 2 cents worth!
I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.
I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
Last edited by Dmeadows; 07-16-2014 at 01:16 PM.