A woodworker needs a router, he doesn't need a shaper. Sticking a
router in a table works, lugging around a shaper is tough. Shaper
cutters are a good bit more expensive and harder to find. I can go to
rockler or sears store and buy router bits, but not shaper bits. If you
already have a bunch of good router bits, well, they won't work well in
a shaper which generally spin less than 10,000 rpm. My recommendation
for the home workshop is only get a shaper if you already have a router.
A router is an ok shaper, a shaper doesn't work well with your
My first guess is the 3/4 HP is OK, particularly compared to the "3 1/2
HP routers. I have a small Rockwell 1/2" shaper with a 1 HP motor. If
you made a 1hp router out of it (the motor) it would take 2 guys to
Anyway, I never had a power problem with the shaper. 3/4 horse may be a
little light but only for something like a large panel raising bit but
I'd bet my 1 hp shaper will strain less than a 3 horse router doing the
same operation. I'd be doing more than one pass for this anyway.
I tend to look at my shaper as a heavy duty router. I hate using a
router for anything, they scream at you and sound totally obnoxious.
Any time I turn on my router I understand why the hand tool fanatics
stay away from power tools.
I'd buy the 1 1/2 horse for other reasons than HP rating though. Read
the specs, you get two speeds - 7 & 10,000rpm, 1/2" and 3/4" spindles,
larger spindle openings. These things are good, and if I were buying
one, I'd surely go for the 1 1/2hp.
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