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I am on the fence and don't own a router table. Been checking on CL for awhile.

I was over at a friends house that does wood working for a living. He uses a small Jet(I think) shaper table he bought used. He only uses router bits in it. I need to confirm the model but I was looking and it looks like the small shapers only run $1000 at retail. Just looking, it looks like a better motor setup and lift. They are designed that way and they are cast iron tables. It seems like most people end up buying a dedicated router motor anyway. If I am going to spend that much money any reason not to buy one of these? I know this is router forums, we could call it a router table with motor and lift built in. I have a router just not a table. Woodcraft is going to have a sale on Jet equipment coming up.
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I am on the fence and don't own a router table. Been checking on CL for awhile.

I was over at a friends house that does wood working for a living. He uses a small Jet(I think) shaper table he bought used. He only uses router bits in it. I need to confirm the model but I was looking and it looks like the small shapers only run $1000 at retail. Just looking, it looks like a better motor setup and lift. They are designed that way and they are cast iron tables. It seems like most people end up buying a dedicated router motor anyway. If I am going to spend that much money any reason not to buy one of these? I know this is router forums, we could call it a router table with motor and lift built in. I have a router just not a table. Woodcraft is going to have a sale on Jet equipment coming up.
used a shaper that way for decades before I went w/ a RT for the satellite shop...
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strongly suggest 3HP or better or you will regret it ....
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I used to have a shaper that would also except router bits. But the shaper RPMs are too slow for the smaller size bits and the collet wouldn't except larger router bits. Kind of a catch 22. Never used it for router bits again.

If you don't have either a shaper or router table. I suggest building a router table and building a lift for it. You will get so much more use from it.

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used a shaper that way for decades before I went w/ a RT for the satellite shop...
the cutters you can get for a shaper will broaden your horizons immensely..
strongly suggest 3HP or better or you will regret it ....
5HP is a ''where have you been all my life''....
I don't know anything shapers but the bigger hp ones are like 1 or 1 1/4 spindle. Router bits are only 1/2 inch. Since the smaller shapers have smaller spindles I thought it would be a better match. I sure would hate to break a 1/2 inch bit.

I will check on speeds. It seems like the router guys want to slow down their bits so what is a good bit speed under load? I don't think the shaper motors will slow down as much as a router.
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I don't know anything shapers but the bigger hp ones are like 1 or 1 1/4 spindle. Router bits are only 1/2 inch. Since the smaller shapers have smaller spindles I thought it would be a better match. I sure would hate to break a 1/2 inch bit.

I will check on speeds. It seems like the router guys want to slow down their bits so what is a good bit speed under load? I don't think the shaper motors will slow down as much as a router.
look to this information for your spindle sizes and speeds...
JET | Woodworking Shapers

the only bits that I have heard of getting broken were the el-cheapo import bits...
to use router bits in shapers all it takes is an adapter to fit the machine you have providing you get a machine that will accept them...
the attached PDF is an just an example...
this link is for Jet....
Jet Tools Shaper Router Collet, Shaper Spindle, Collet Set & Accessories
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Another issue that you may run into is that if you buy shaper bits you have to change the set up to convert to a collet that will accept a 1/2 router bit.

I had someone give me an older grizzly shaper with a whole bunch of shaper bits. The motor didn't run and all I had to do was replace a Start/Run capacitor for $6.60. However, you literally have to tear the spindle apart to do the swap...not convenient. It takes a 1/2" collet but the assembly it did not come with the equipment.

Other shapers may be different and easy to convert...I defer to more experienced members on that subject.

If I was milling a lot of stock a shaper would be the ticket, but it may be tedious to set up for a quick job. Here the router table would be my choice.

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Looking at the Jet shaper specs only the little one will run 110V even though it is rated 1HP it seems to pull the same amps as the 2 and 3 HP rated routers. So do you think they would have the same power? The shaper will reverse is that a benefit? RPM seems to be 9000rpm. I don't know if that would be to slow?

So would the JET shaper much slower to setup than a router in a table? Sounds like the Grizzly is out due to slow setup. Is this a one time setup if you don't run shaper bits?

I have a bunch of 1/2 inch router bits which I am not sure what they do. I will ask some time in the future when I get a table. I kind of inherited these 20 or so bits. So I need something to use with these bits and I am not starting from scratch where I can only buy shaper bits.
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When I first got into this I picked up a used craftsman "router/shaper" table. It would take either a 1/2" shaper arbor or 1/2" shank router bits.
Two things I noticed:
First, the rpms weren't high enough to get decent cuts with smaller router bits.
Second, the fence wouldn't go back far enough to permit a non through cut with a router bit. Made sense because shaper cutters are designed to be held onto the arbor with a big nut on top. Bummer for doing rabbets or close in dado's though unless you run the stock through vertically.
I will have to throw in with Al about going with a router table and they can be had for far less than the $1000 mentioned.

https://www.grizzly.com/products/Rou...h-Stand/T10432

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Looking at the Jet shaper specs only the little one will run 110V even though it is rated 1HP it seems to pull the same amps as the 2 and 3 HP rated routers. So do you think they would have the same power? The shaper will reverse is that a benefit? RPM seems to be 9000rpm. I don't know if that would be to slow?

So would the JET shaper much slower to setup than a router in a table? Sounds like the Grizzly is out due to slow setup. Is this a one time setup if you don't run shaper bits?

I have a bunch of 1/2 inch router bits which I am not sure what they do. I will ask some time in the future when I get a table. I kind of inherited these 20 or so bits. So I need something to use with these bits and I am not starting from scratch where I can only buy shaper bits.
does your machine need/have to be 120V???...
how about this one???...
JWS-25CS, 3HP Shaper, 1Ph 230V Only, 1/2"&3/4" Spndls, 25"x25" Table
1HP of shaper in any function isn't much..... it will leave you wanting till it hurts...
a mid-sized router (ie Bosch 1617EVS) will out perform a 1HP shaper six ways to Sunday...

My shapers are Felder multi tilting spindle w/ bunches of HP...
Have you looked for used???...
SCMI makes substantial shapers...

comparing a router motor to the motor that is in a shaper is comparing apples and oranges...
the shaper will have the torque and a router will have the speed....
see the PDF's....

for set up...
shaper is slower... but not by much...
setting up the shaper to take bits is a one time deal....
setting the bit is a fuzz slower than a router but w/ a little practice it will become a moot point...

now let's consider a Router Table (RT)...
for this table I went w/ a JessEm Master Lift II and have never regretted it for a second... major pleased and it has exceeded expectations..
the base doubles as a total station....
Originally I went w/ a Porter Cable 7518 motor which I financially regret to the tune of migraine inducing numbers...
I believe the Milwaukee 5625 would be a better motor...
these together will give you a leg up over a shaper and will last you a life time and give you the edge if you need one......
http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...ment-more.html

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@coxhaus ...

this may interest you...
JessEm makes the Incra lifts...

http://www.routerforums.com/woodwork...tml#post800297

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