The Makita RF1101, 2-1/4 HP router is one of the quietest (81 dB)
It's difficult to find stats for db.
One claimed to be whisper quiet but I'm skeptical.
Actually that router has been reported to be relatively quiet, and by
comparison to many routers the Bosch 1617EVS when not run at top speed is
pretty quiet. Once the bit hits the wood the question should shift to
what's the quietest bit. '~)
A contractor friend of mine recently bought a used shaper in that price
range. Well kept older Delta Rockwell. The private party seller had
several of them from a smallish family business of some sort.
I've never wanted one, for my own use. I could be wrong, or just have too
small a working space in the garage.
The thing on bits is to remember that, for the most part, they
accumulate as needed. Nobody, in a hobby shop at least, should go drop
$500 on a drawer full of bits. Buy them as you need them.
Or buy a box of the $5 each bits when Woodcraft has their sale, and
cover the immediate needs.
A good door set, or a cope & stick bit set, is going to cost you anyway.
But buy it when you need it, not up front. Tell SWMBO it's part of the
project cost, if she asks.
They're different machines. The whole philosophy is different.
It's a .50 caliber vs a 7.62 mm.
When you look into what's going on when you're cutting material,
you'll find that there's a benefit to having a lot of mass behind your
But none of that matters when you're doing a 1/4" round-over. In fact,
the variety of bits for a router is far greater, for way less money
than similar patterns for a shaper. Also, a small bit in a shaper,
when using an adaptor for routerbits...naaaa..doesn't work that well..
the wee bits need revs.. or you're gonna be all day.
Quality shaper cutters are expensive.
For 90% (I just pulled that number out of my butt) of the work I do, a
router is the way to go. In either a table, or hand-held.
But for putting those bull-noses on a rack of oak stair treads, I'll
take a shaper...with a power feeder.
If you can only have one...a quality router.
But that's just me.
I'd love a nice shaper. had one before, loved it. made thousands of
feet of t&g boards with it. damn thing ran all day, 2 shifts. A router
would be a poor choice for that kinda work.
A 50 caliber takes out the engine block.
A 7.62 mm takes out the driver.
> But for putting those bull-noses on a rack of oak stair treads, I'll
> take a shaper...with a power feeder.
That power feeder makes all the difference between a tool that can do
the job and a "widow maker", IMHO.
folks talking about mass etc ......
Horse power can be defined as 2 pie NT/33000 where N = RPM and T torque
So the difference between a 3 HP router and a 3HP shaper is the router has
lots of RPM and relatively low torque [low torque the cutting edge] while
the router has low RPM and high torque [higher torque at the cutter].
Seems to me differences torques even out in the end as torque being force
times distance basic router bits operate at a much smaller radius than
shaper cutters so the actual cutting force tends to even out .
Using this logic a router using large diameter bits requires more torque and
will bog down if the feed rate is not reduced so the machine is not to stall
. So in my mind the router using large diameter bits is not operating
efficiently, and not only that but as a personal preference, the more power
the less control , I would rather be a couple of feet away using a shaper
and a power feed than inches away from a thumping great router running at
20K revs .....mjh
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