I just bought a sliding table shaper. I am building some wainscoting of
different size components of white oak, and some pieces will be rather
small and dangerous to push through the shaper manually. I've been
looking at stock feeders as an option to safely do this.
I've noticed that these feeders come in several different flavors. What
should I look for in a decent stock feeder? I am not sure what speeds or
hp ratings that I would need. Does anyone have some experience in this
As usual.... thanks in advance.
I use a Maggi Steff 2048 power feed on my shaper. I like the four wheel
feeds because you can get two wheels on each side of the cutter. This
particular power feed also has a 1" suspension travel, which is handy if you
are running different thickness material. For very small pieces, I make a
runner board that has an insert area for the piece to set into and feed the
whole thing through. Here is a link for the Steff feed if you are
I will call them tomorrow and see what they have for pricing, features and
benefits. I went to their site and noticed that they offer different roller for
different type of hardwoods. It looks like this could get a little pricey.
Is there a difference in stock feeders quality of performance? I know I can get
a 1 HP feeder from Grizzley for $695. I not sure of the price on the WMD machine
yet. And I'm not sure of which features will be crucial to me down the road.
Can these feeders be quickly moved from machine to machine?
Thanks for your very valuable input.
By the way, I respect the work you do very much. Where do you draw your
inspirations and ideas from? I think the Wreck is loaded with some of the nicest
folks I've (n)ever met, and some of the most talented also.
Thanks for the tip !
Tom Plamann wrote:
You're smart to get the power feeder. I know a guy who bought a Delta
shaper and feeder but left the feeder in the box 'cause he was anxious
to use the new toy and he had a job to get done. As soon as he took an
inch off one of his fingers he got that feeder mounted pretty quick.
When I bought my Delta shaper, I also bought the Delta feeder and
bolted it to the shaper before I ever powered it up.
Shapers don't leave anything to sew back on.
You won't notice the splinters in the ladder of success,
unless you are sliding down.
I have an old woodworking buddy in Knoxville that lost a good part of one his
hands to a shaper...... You are right, the shaper doesn't play around.
You have reconfirmed my need to get it on there as soon as possible. I just
have to get one on order.
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