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Posted on Considering swapping my shaper for a router table

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#1 posted 03-31-2019 01:50 PM

Thanks Jared.

I could theoretically take the shaper off the rolling cart and set it up outfeed to table saw. They are close in height. But my floor is an extremely rough and uneven slab. I d really have to redo the slab first to make this work.

I understand the value of a shaper, which is why I bought it and have owned it for 10 years. But seriously, to change the bit takes several minutes of hard cranking. Also it s not variable speed.
In my tiny shop stuffed full of huge machinery, some hard choices and sacrifices have to be made.
I can barely move out there.

I don t know the router table products out there because I ve never owned one. My table saw fence is a rack and pinion style (Northfield #4) and would not fly for the router table.

- Ben

I hear you on too much stuff in too little space, i picked up a oliver 91d mortiser a couple months ago and it was the 1200lb straw that broke the camels back. After month or rearranging and “cleaning” excess stuff im back to a usable shop.

Back to the router lifts / tables, the jessem (and similar) all take about as much time to change a bit as the delta as far as raising the router and loosening the collet. You may want to look at the models with rapid quick change functionality, iirc its a 1/4 twist of a handle to raise the router on some of them. Freud used to make a decent looking fence, but it was discontinued.

Truthfully until I got a decent fence (on my most recent shaper) I avoided using the split fence functionality. Back/outboard fence is what I used / still use for most shaping (with a feeder) or a continuous fence from plywood. Finding a factory fence that stays straight across the opening and square to the table after adjusting it for the job is very frustrating.

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