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Hello, I have just joined the Router Forums after surfing the web. I have been doning various woodworking/building for numerous years but I have decided to start doing more finishing work. In the past I have made my own cainet boxes and bought my doors and panels. I would like to start doing the entire project (mostly building cabinets, entertainment centers, book shevles, etc).

My problem: A shaper or router? A few questions are:

What is the difference in power between shapers and routers? A 3 1/4 HP router is = to what hp shaper?

It seem that a router table set-up with router, fence, and table top is just as expensive as a shaper. You can read up on reviews, but everyone has their own opinion. What is the least expensive setup that preforms quality work?
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" What is the difference in power between shapers and routers? A 3 1/4 HP router is = to what hp shaper? " about 10 HP

" What is the least expensive setup that preforms quality work?"
= 3 1/4 HP router in a table.

small shaper for the big shops
http://grizzly.com/products/5-HP-Pro...-Series/G5912Z
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Hello, I have just joined the Router Forums after surfing the web. I have been doning various woodworking/building for numerous years but I have decided to start doing more finishing work. In the past I have made my own cainet boxes and bought my doors and panels. I would like to start doing the entire project (mostly building cabinets, entertainment centers, book shevles, etc).

My problem: A shaper or router? A few questions are:

What is the difference in power between shapers and routers? A 3 1/4 HP router is = to what hp shaper?

It seem that a router table set-up with router, fence, and table top is just as expensive as a shaper. You can read up on reviews, but everyone has their own opinion. What is the least expensive setup that preforms quality work?



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There is more versatility with the router, and the router is a smaller size. Shaper tools cost more than router cutters.
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I don't know if I am understanding your reply correctly. Are you saying it would take a 10 hp motor on a shaper to be equivalent to a 3 1/4 hp router mounted to a table?
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Hi Todd

YES, it's the motor type that comes into play, on the bigger ones they are 3 phz. the norm and they need the extra HP to do the same job as a 3 1/4HP router...most run at 1750 or 3450 rpm's and turn the bit at a max of 10,000 rpm's the norm..so to say if you lose one thing you must get it from something else.. most shapers are very hairy to run or have a very large roll of TP hanging on the side of the cabinet...you will need it..

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Greetings and welcome to the router forum. Thank you for joining us. I have a friend that has a shaper, he and I just finished a project together using my router table and he now prefers the router over his shaper for those reasons mentioned by BJ.

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