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post #21 of 22 Old 08-18-2015, 11:29 PM
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I have two Grizzly shapers (G1035's) and three routers lifts. For your first purchase, I would recommend a router table with a lift for the following reasons.

There are far more router bit profiles available than shaper profiles, just look at any web sites that sell both.
The shapers are good for production edge profiling since the bits last considerably longer, but if you want to make a dado or groove in the middle of a board on a shaper you are out of luck.
Trying to make a "zero clearance" fence for a shaper is extremely difficult compared with a router table.
Shaper bits are considerably larger, and for me, a bit more intimidating.
The dust collection on my router tables are better (I use http://www.rockler.com/dust-bucket-d...-router-tables ), on the shaper, the saw dust that falls through the table just sits in the base of the shaper.
There is no such thing as hand held shaping like there is with a router, so you will need to buy routers and router bits anyway.
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post #22 of 22 Old 08-19-2015, 09:08 AM
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This is an age old argument that will never have an agreement.
I have both and use both.
Most router lovers have never used a good shaper,
once I did, I prefer it to the router when possible.
For the same profile cut, a shaper is smoother, more powerful,
(less passes) and just more comfortable to feed.

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