Anyone like shapers?

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Re: Anyone like shapers?

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Here is a very nice sized 8in Shape-Right shaper for the home shop. Really works well and is fun to watch, so the owner says.
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earlgo wrote: Tue Mar 05, 2024 2:45 pm … is fun to watch, so the owner says.
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That's something I enjoy. It's relaxing in this age of rush-rush.
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but if you put a VFD on it, you can make it go faster.....
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The Shape-Right indeed does have a VFD in the wall box at the upper left in the picture.
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Old proverb: "Make haste slowly."
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Re: Anyone like shapers?

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Bill Shields wrote: Tue Mar 05, 2024 7:57 pm but if you put a VFD on it, you can make it go faster.....
Chuckle!
I suspect you have something in mind, but speeding up a shaper, unless it was one built for carbon steel cutting tools, most likely wouldn't be a great idea thanks to surface speed requirements. Over speed when machining most metals would not be of advantage. On the other hand, if a guy machines a lot of aluminum or free cutting brass, yeah, it just might be a good idea.

I've not operated a shaper since I was a lad in high school. The only place I ever worked that had one was at Sperry, where I was trained. It was a big machine, a 24" Cincinnati if I recall, full hydraulic and located in the tool and die department. It sat unused better than 99.9% of the time.

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Just seeing if anyone is paying attention.

My last 2 table top shapers went out 20 and 10 years ago respectively. Replaced my milling machines.

Never missed them.

.do smoke ix saddles as described by others here recently.
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".do smoke ix saddles"

Translation please.
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Here's an old pic of how I did the smokebox saddle on the 7-inch Atlas shaper. You can see the angle plates and bits that I clamped to the shaper column to hold the saddle casting. It took some careful adjustments to get everything in the right place. The giant c-clamp on the shaper head is so I could use the "bonk" method to swivel the head a tiny bit after each stroke by bonking the end of the clamp screw with my fist. It all worked great.


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