On 18 Oct 2004 10:56:13 -0700, email@example.com (Dave)
buy the bits that fit your shaper.
bigger bits fit bigger shapers, which have more power, more capacity
on the table, etc. this is one case where bigger is better, assuming
you have a need, space, budget, etc.
Cutters ("bits" are for routers) with a 3/4" bore fit 3/4" spindles, cutters
with a 1 1/8" bore fit 1 1/8" spindles. So buy cutters that fit the spindle(s)
that are available on your shaper.
The 3/4" cutters will be substantially less expensive, and easier to find.
If your shaper will handle both sizes of spindle, but the only spindle you
have for it is the larger one, you'll save a ton of money in the long run by
buying a 3/4" spindle. It won't take very many 3/4" cutters (maybe a single
rail-and-stile set) before you've saved enough on the cutters to recover the
cost of the spindle.
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There are even some 1/2" bore shaper cutters out there. I have an old C'man
shaper with 1/2" spindle. It works very well, by the way. I do all my
frames on it and leave a panel raiser on my bigger one.
I am looking at the Shop Fox shaper line. The 2HP says it comes with
1/2" and 3/4" spindles, while the 3HP come with both those as well as
a 1". Now all the cutters I've looked at are either 1/2", 3/4" or 1
1/4" bore. So a couple of follow up questions:
1) Are the 1 1/4" bore cutters, meant for the 1" spindle? Or, is there
such a thing as a 1" bore cutter that I haven't run accross yet? It
seems strange to me that the woodstock catalog I have lists 1 1/4
cutters, but they don't list a shaper with a 1 1/4 spindle.
2) If 3/4" is plenty good for the hobbist, as suggested in prior
responses, should the 2HP be OK, or should I go with the "more power
option" for a few $$ more (always my inclination, whether I need it or
BTW: Anyone have a Shop Fox shaper? If so, what do you think of it?
Here in Europe we'd call that machine (with a shaft) a spindle
What we call a "shaper" is like a big router with a fixed table.
There's a collet of 1/2" to 1" diameter, and it will take router
cutters with shafts. They run at slower speeds than routers though.
Are such machines found in the US ? What are they called ?
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