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Forum topic by MrGrady0681 posted 08-13-2020 02:45 AM 374 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2020 02:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: shaper teacher school jet

Hey guys, I could really use some help. In our woodworking classes we don’t really do much cabinetry or big projects anymore. My school has given me permission to sell our shaper and use the money for some other equipment.

I was hoping to get some advice on how much I should ask for to sell this Jet WSS-3-3 Shaper.

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#1 posted 08-13-2020 03:09 AM

Power feeder included?

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#2 posted 08-13-2020 10:30 AM

What is the makeof the power feeder? Can you do a close up of it, showing condition of wheels?

I’ve seen that Jet at a few used equipment dealers, in the $700 range (asking price), but you can pick up a Delta HD in that same range, which is a much heavier duty and powerful shaper, with parts available for repairs. The Jet looks in good shape, and I would start sround $700 to $750. The powerfeeder, I would guess, would be another $300 to $400 (again I’ve seen feeders similar in size, at that used price range, but again, that one looks in excellent condition).

Also, three or single phase?

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#3 posted 08-13-2020 10:39 AM

$1000 to $1200 to start

If you get $800 (with the feeder) that is reasonable.

Not sure why you want to sell it though. A shaper is one of the most used machines in cabinet and millwork shops. Shaper safely and setups could be a whole semester.

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#4 posted 08-13-2020 11:00 AM

Thanks for the help already! I would include the feeder for sure. It’s three phase. And here are some zoomed in shots of the feeder. I would love to keep it and teach a class just on cabinetry. But I teach at a small school and am the only shop teacher. All of our classes are set up to just introduce kids to different skilled trades. Ive been at this school for four years and we’ve never made it that far.

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#5 posted 08-13-2020 12:06 PM

The feeder is a rebranded comatic 1/4 hp unit. Decent for small work and smaller shapers or router tables. Wheel condition is irrelevant as all the rubber wheels suck after a couple years. Polyurethane wheels from Western roller (or similar company) are the first thing anyone buying a new or used feeder should get.

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#6 posted 08-13-2020 01:15 PM

Sad to see the dismal state of our shop classes in the USA. Our high school dropped it as well.

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#7 posted 08-13-2020 01:35 PM

The woodshop class where my grandson went to school at was pathetic. Bandsaw,tablesaw,planer all had junk piled on them.
All they taught was turning pens on those little tiny pen lathes.

-- Aj

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#8 posted 08-14-2020 12:58 AM

When my youngest was in HS, she said she’d learned far more working with me in my shop than she’d learned in school shop (also all they did was turn pens). Thing if I’ve taught a few young people in my shop woodworking, if they want to learn they’re a joy to work with.
To see someone make a gavel, it’s joyous. Even more so when it’s their idea, they draw up the patterns, make the parts, assemble and finish it.

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#9 posted 08-14-2020 01:04 AM

High school should prepare are kids for a career. Sad to say, not many careers are going to involve tablesaw, bandsaw, and shaper.

Not that they couldn’t learn something, but if budgets are tight, I get why some drop it.

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#10 posted 08-14-2020 02:46 AM

The push to get every high school grad ready for college is leaving behind many who are ill-suited for college, but would benefit greatly from a vocational education, wood shop included.

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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#11 posted 08-14-2020 12:57 PM

Shop classes were not meant to be career training, but more a taste of various things. Vocational training is for a career. If not for woodshop, I would not have this great hobby.. And our VC teaches house framing, not fine woodworking.

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