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#1 posted 10-27-2010 10:18 PM

Moving from a router table to a shaper is like going from a mo-ped to a Harley. Hopefully this machine is a 2-speed unit that will allow you to turn the cutters 10k or by changing the belt position in the cabinet to a 7k speed. The larger diameter cutterheads will nessitate the slower speed. You will also get sticker shock when you buy cutterheads for these machines. Most likely you will have a 3/4” spindle and these cutters are most nearly two to three times more costly than router bits. If you are making raised panel doors, there is no comparison to the finish and power you will enjoy, however, I suggest you acquire a guide book for reference regarding the use of this machine and is associated safety concerns. This machine can hurt you and never, and I mean never, make climb cuts with a shaper unless you have a power feeder. With all that said, a shaper is a very versatile machine that can save you a lot of cash if you need moldings with larger profiles and especially if you are making raised panels in hardwood. Do not replace your router table. Keep it, you will find out that there are many things that a shaper can do but it is a bigger machine than you need for some cuts and the tooling is expensive. It is always good to have both.


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