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post #1 of 8 Old 11-25-2010, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Shaper vs router

I met a guy that's willing to sell me his Jet JWS Wood Shaper for 200$. It comes with all the spindles 1/2,3/8 and 1/4. He says it's not the newer one but works great

Thing is I have been looking for a router but truth is , I've never even held one. Here's what I am thinking , instead if buying a 200 dollar router , a 130 dollar table, I'd just go for the shaper.I googled what a shaper was and best I can see is that it's a large stationary router.

I'm pretty sure you guys are going to tell me jumping strait to a shaper is a bad move as I'm just getting serious about woodworking.

When it comes to my hobbies I do tend to dive in head first with out checking to see if there's water in the pool.

Let me know your opinions

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-25-2010, 05:53 PM
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This one?

http://powertoolsupply.tripod.com/to...b0000223mx.htm

Shapers are shapers and router are routers. You can take a 3 HP router mount it in a table, maybe with a lift and come close to having a small shaper.
A 1 HP shaper with 2 speeds will make a shaper in name only. The smaller bits 1/4" or 1/2" want to turn at high RPMs 20,000 or so. This shaper will not do that ..max speed is 9,000 or so.
There is a Freud 3000 router on sale at Woodcraft for $200.00.
http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/208...ge-Router.aspx
Put that in table either home made or store bought and you'll have a more versitle combination for just slightly more money.
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=21303
That's advice based on having 3 shapers and a bunch of routers including a new Milwaukee 3 1/2 HP with above the table height adjustment. Paid $270 from Amazon. bill

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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Thank you, guess it's a good thing I asked.

I think I'm gonna get that router

Next step. Convince wife it's not gonna just sit in my garage :-)
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Thank you, guess it's a good thing I asked.

I think I'm gonna get that router

Next step. Convince wife it's not gonna just sit in my garage :-)
You can do so much more with a router and table . Build one or buy. I have 5 router's and use them all the time. Also 3 router tables. You can just about anything with a router but shaper is only good for running wood just one way throgh. With a router you can put your fence's any way on the table as long as you feed the wood into the rotation of the bit. Just more of a tool . Have you watch any video's of bob and rick DVD's Watch some and i know you will be ready for a router . I have their table I have been around them for yr's. They know their stuff . Look at these and their are other item's from them http://www.routerworkshop.net/freeco...essons.pdfgood luck
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Get both. That sounds like a good price on the shaper table. Sometimes, a router just won't do.

If only one, go with the router and table.
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Get both. That sounds like a good price on the shaper table. Sometimes, a router just won't do.

If only one, go with the router and table.

Agree 100%
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There are routers that will outperform that shaper. If it was a larger shaper, like a 3 or 5 HP that will take a 1¼" spindle, it would be a different story. And even then a shaper becomes a safer and more efficient machine if equipped with a power feeder.

If you don't have a specific need for a shaper, I'd stick with a router/table.










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I certainly don't have a specific reason to get either.

So as of right now I ordered the Freud 3 1/4 hp plunger router for 199 w/ free shipping. The bits and table will come later lol

Thank you all for you responses and recommendations
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