New Wood shaper for my space has loose motor housing

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Forum topic by Jm4721 posted 04-10-2020 03:50 PM 416 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-10-2020 03:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shaper motor broken repair belts tool workspace

I bought a shaper a few months ago and didn’t get into trying to use it until now. Trying to change the rpms I loosened a couple bolts too much and the motor dropped a little bit.

Now its slanted/drooping and bolted to the main plate and I can’t straighten it. It’s at a 4 degree angle now side to side, not counting straight across the v belt.

Does anyone know anything about this?

I tried to call a tool repair service but they aren’t around for at least a couple weeks.

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#1 posted 04-10-2020 04:27 PM

Lay it on it’s side to take the weight off and tighten everything back like it was. Alternately to tipping it over get a helper to lift the motor while you crank the screws.

The bolts you loosened are for the motor alignment not mounting!

It’s like the old sealed beam headlights, people would twist the adjusters apart trying to loosen the headlight.

Shaper cutters don’t vary in diameter as much as router cutters do so there is little need for speed changes esp. since shapers run much slower than routers to begin with.

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#2 posted 04-10-2020 04:43 PM

I will show the issue as posted on another site:
O/P has not posted make or model number of his shaper.


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#3 posted 04-10-2020 05:02 PM

Ugh I hate that system for motor tension.

Just pull up the motor and tighten the bolts

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#4 posted 04-11-2020 05:09 AM

I think i found the problem.

This is a groove and rail that isn’t working. It seems like the rail slipped out of the groove. I’m going to try a jack and see if I can put it back.

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