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|01-28-2005 06:29 PM|
|hcbph||My shaper has a reversing switch on it, and I use it all the time. Left and Right feed cutters exist. Additionally sometimes you want to use the cutter either on the top or bottom of a particular cut. It really adds to the flexibility of your cutters.|
|01-26-2005 03:28 PM|
|Mike||Well dont I just have egg all over my face! I learned from this too. I was unaware that you could feed either direction but it makes good sense. Thanks for correcting my mistake Jim!|
|01-26-2005 12:02 AM|
Thanks for the information. My friend has yet to fire the machine up. I'm telling him that all of the reading and research I did to get the answer is worth a couple of hundred feet of the molding of my choice.
Seriously, thanks to all of you for the help.
|01-25-2005 09:04 PM|
Originally Posted by PEARCO
Now I was worrying about my memory.... how could I have missed this feature..... I don't remember a method of making it run anything but counterclockwise....
But as luck would have it I still have the book (not the shaper) and the book was printed in 1952 (age of the shaper unknown) and I have to tell you the old sears one did not have any method of making it run backward nor is it mentioned or shown to do so.
I don't recall that feature on the ones in school either but maybe I just don't remember..... or maybe I "knew it all" and didn't pay attention.
It makes sence that they could do that, that would also let you use a different profile on a cutter by having it "upside down" It also explains why some of the cutters I have that I never could figure out how to use the "other" profile.
I know I learned a lot from this post..... good question and even better answer..... it is good to learn from those that know.
|01-25-2005 07:56 PM|
The reverse switch on a shaper is for clockwise and counter clockwise cutters for different cutting operations. For example if you are using a panel rasing cutter, you will want to refference off the shaper table top. On the next operation, you may need to feed in the opposite direction for a different cutter.
Many profiles are designed to cut from different feed directions. It also is desinged to operate with different power feeds - forward and reverse systems.
This design works with mounting of the power feeds. I assure you it is not to clear a jamb. In my forth years in the buisness I have never seen a shaper jamb or one without a reverse switch.
|01-25-2005 06:46 PM|
Thanks Mike. That's one of those answers where you shrug the shoulders and slap the forehead when you hear it. Pretty obvious once you think about it. |
ED, I'll get back to you on that after I talk with Jim, my friend with the shaper.
|01-25-2005 05:16 PM|
Originally Posted by Warren
As far as I know from the shapers I've used/seen the cutter is mounted on a shaft with a special washer the fits in a groove then the nut. Even with that spinning backwards would worry me.
I'm guessing that aniceone2hold is right, I sure don't think one would want to cut that way.
|01-25-2005 04:25 PM|
|Mike||The reverse feature is for clearing jams, not for cutting.|
|01-22-2005 12:19 AM|
I've never used one (routers have covered all of my needs so far). But, a friend of mine recently purchased a used one which can be operated in reverse. Why would you want to reverse the cutter direction? Are shaper cutters made to operate ineither clock-wise or counter? I told him I would ask the experts and get an answer for him.