Larry, although they perform many of the same functions there is a world of difference. It's a safe bet you wouldn't want to throw a shaper into your vehicle to run and do a repair for a friend. By the same token you wouldn't want to run router bit's non-stop all day long for heavy commercial production. For the average person a router and table are the cost effective solution. Production shops benefit from the shapers longer lasting cutters and greater power. Most shapers cost substantially more than a good router and table set up.
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