To shaper or not to shaper ?

Ok, $200 for a shaper of question but probably decent quality. $600 to
ship. I know absolutely nothing about shapers but have always wanted to
experiment with one. Any comments on whether I should spend the money or
wait for one that is closer to me?
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AL
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PrecisionMachinisT
All depends on the size of the shaper and the number of machine tools that may be available locally. The idea of spending three times a purchase price for shipping tends to make my head hurt. Do keep in mind I'm tight with money, usually don't piss it away.
If the shaper is a 12" model, that might be a damned good deal. I've not seen too many of that size. They're large enough to do some serious work. Does it come with the clapper box and a vise? Motor? If so, is it the right size for the machine? Many have had the original 3 phase motors replaced with small single phase motors. I'm not nuts about that.
I think you'd be upside down on a smaller one, and a larger one would be a big PITA to house and handle.
More information might be useful for an accurate opinion (what ever that means! )
Harold
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Harold & Susan Vordos
Shapers are very versatile, dirt cheap to operate, and fun to watch. They will do a few jobs that common milling machines cannot do. The downside is that they are also slow, and potentially dangerous.
The versatility and low cost tooling is a big plus in the average home shop. Just be CAREFUL! It's always best to hand crank a shaper (smaller ones anyway) through one complete cycle BEFORE turning it on. "Wrecks" on a shaper can be spectacular (and expensive)!
Dan Mitchell Owner of a Logan 8" shaper. ============
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Daniel A. Mitchell

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