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post #1 of 7 Old 05-25-2011, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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shaper conversion

I have a Craftsman shaper #113.239291 with a 1/2" spindle that I need to somehow convert to accept 1/2" router bits. No conversion kit exists that I know of so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-25-2011, 11:20 PM
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I have this one also

A common question, running router bits in a shaper?
Unless they are larger as for raised panels, 2-3" in dia. the slower speed of the shaper, 7,000 to 10,000 RPMs will not be as efficient as a router running at 15,000 to 20,000 RPMs. Smaller bits need to run at higher RPMs and conversely.
As far as a collet for the machine, not sure if they made one.....

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/part...00001542/00004


This link will get you to a manual where you may find the part in a picture/drawing. I don't think mine came with one, but I'll check in the AM.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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shaper 'adjustment'

What if....you took a shaper bit with a 3/4" spindle hole and pressed a bushing in it and reduced the opening to 1/2". Would there be any safety issues? Then I could use it with my 1/2" spindle shaper for dedicated stuff.

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post #4 of 7 Old 05-27-2011, 08:28 AM
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I've never done it myself

but there all all kinds of bushings and spacers here for that purpose:

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Long...x-3-4-OD/G3144
http://www.grizzly.com/products/cate...spx?key=162330

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I don't think that will work. Take the spindle out and measure the shaft diameter, this might get you closer to what you are looking for. Let us know what it is we might be able to match it up.
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Theres an old C-man 1/2 spindle 'round here somewhere,if its the same model.....can measure.And if its the model(shaper) I think it is,a FYI...with minimal effort you can turn the motor/mount around.It places the motor under the "fat" part of table.......Thereby,reducing machines footprint by......ALOT!When thats considered,its one of the most compact shapers to be had on the cheap.BW

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thanks to all

Some great advice from all. Thanks. I'll take the spindle out and keep you informed. This has now become a quest.

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