where do you buy shaper bits?


I'm thinking about picking up a shaper and checked the places I usually buy router bits but they didn't list shaper bits. Thanks
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Mike S.



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Mike S. (in AijKe.2733$ snipped-for-privacy@newssvr29.news.prodigy.net) said:
| I'm thinking about picking up a shaper and checked the places I | usually buy router bits but they didn't list shaper bits. | Thanks
Check Grizzly and MLCS
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Mike S. wrote:

Local to me: <http://www.ctsaw.com/
If I can't get it locally, I'll start here: <http://www.ballewtools.com/
Ballew's paper catalog is much better than the web site.
Barry
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"Mike S." wrote:

What size shaft(s) are you thinking? That tends to have a bearing as there are more sources for 3/4" and larger shafts than for 1/2" (and cutters small enough for 3/4" to be able to be bushed for 1/2").
Delta has quit the business of shaper cutters at least for the light-duty shaper--I don't know about the larger for sure.
For 1/2-3/4", inexpensive cutters are carried by MLCS in their own branded line and the Katana line. Wookworkers Supply carries their Woodtek branded line and Freud. Then there's Amana (top-notch, but carry big bucks when you go looking). Sears used to carry a small line of 1/2" but they were pretty sorry. Haven't looked recently. Then there're the other major industrial makers of those primarily for larger shafts.
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I've found that Grizzly shaper cutters are quite acceptable for hobby type of work. Don't know how they would hold up for commercial applications. I settled on using 3/4" cutters as my "standard", it seems that size is a good compromise between large selection and reasonable price. I did buy a set of Freud door cutters -- considerably higher price than the Grizzly cutters, but I plan to use these for a lot of door and applications.
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