I've got this old crapsman and was thinking... I found a nice 5 HP
motor, pulleys, belts, etc, and I have a sacrifical router... so maybe
I'd hook it all together with the collet from the router and make
myself a 5 HP router table with tilt and height adjustment on the
front/side of the router table (crapsman TS shell).
Has anyone seen anything similar? Is it a nutzo idea (like
Not nutzo just not thought through. The high RPMs
(20,000ish) are generated by the router. By gutting the
router and hooking up the five horse all you've done is
create a Rube Goldberg router that at best runs at a speed
dictated by the motor and pulley arrangement. 'Sides, the
interior bits and pieces of the router would be something of
a task to make mate up with the pulley and in the end you'd
probably have something that would disintegrate right about
the time it got up to speed.
In other words, a huge wastage of time.
tillman email@example.com (tillius) wrote in
You just want to build a shaper. It's a good concept, but unfortunately,
the Craftsman router was only built to take much lower power than your 5 hp
motor. I'm guessing that the Craftsman was a 1.5 hp model, that is, 1.5
*Sears* horsepower, which, as we all know, is 10 times (min.) real
horsepower. If you put 5 hp on that little router spindle and bearing, it
will rout so easily you'll be tempted to put bigger and bigger bits on it,
and push the work through faster and faster, and eventually you'll make it
blow up. Kind of like putting a dragster motor in your Corolla. Step on
the gas easy and you'll go fine. Step a little harder and the frame
Try researching shaper plans. I'm positive I've seen plans for a homebuilt
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