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New Toy, 8 Inch Shaper


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Default New Toy, 8 Inch Shaper

Bought a new toy last weekend. 8 inch Shape-Rite shaper. I never thought I would own a shaper as they kind of went by the wayside but they are actually quite handy if you're not in a hurry. Plus when I found out about this little guy I had to have it.
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For some reason my phone always posts sideways pics no matter how I rotate it....
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Default Re: New toy, 8 inch shaper

A gunsmith friend has a similar sized shaper and it's amazing how good of a surface finish can be obtained on it. That's a machine I'd set up for a long cut, sit back with a few beers and just watch and listen to it run.

Yeah the old saying is true. 'You can make anything on a shaper other than money'.

Sideways and upside down pics are most prevalent on iphones as they have some screwy algorithm for the rendering.
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Default Re: New Toy, 8 Inch Shaper

Make a boring bar type of tool holder for it and you can now do internal keyways. Back when I was a maintenance machinist it's how I did keyways that were wide and long and to big to push a broach through with the arbor press we had. Scribe the shape on the end and cut to the lines. Very handy machine.

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Default Re: New Toy, 8 Inch Shaper

Very cool! I've always wanted one, even a small vertical shaper that would attach to the arse of the ram on my mill would be handy! Internal key slots, square internal corners... Its one of those machines you probably wont use much but when you have one you'll find/make uses for it! Good score!
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I have a 7" South Bend shaper I picked up off craigslist several years ago. Neat little machine, it works but could use some cleanup & restoration. I have a piece of square bar I put in it & take a cut off of when I just want to watch it run...
Somebody put a 3450 RPM motor on it, I need to change that-it runs too fast on any but the slowest pulley.
The guy also had a little Atlas horizontal mill, he wanted to sell both as a package deal so I got it too, it needs a little more TLC to be runnable.
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Nice machine, looks like it has the tilting table as well, some shapers had a power feed option for profiling on the tool holder slide which is great if you can find one, this one found its way home recently and will be a good addition to the shop, no power feed on the tool slide but not complaining!
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Shapers are cool ! , Follen out of favor in the commercial shop these days due to slow production rates but there are still jobs that only a shaper can do. For instance I recently encountered a project requiring a blind ( dead end) key slot inside a bore (think a bayonet fitting). My little Atlas 7 " shaper answered the call.

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I know, several years ago there was a big old shaper sitting outside a local machine shop in the weather, they moved it out to make room for a CNC machine. Probably went to scrap-sad, but I didn't have a place for it at the time...still don't, really-it was a big old puppy.
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I'm pretty happy with my little Shaper.

Passed one up at an auction 30+ years ago and had been kicking myself ever since so when I finally stumbled across another one 6 years ago I didn't hesitate a bit in buying it.

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