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Shaper or Router Table? Pickens SC

A 3-1/2-hp router table setup can handle the occasional kitchen and, coupled with today's router bits, is even capable of making full-size, 1-3/4-in.-thick exterior doors. But a router is not designed for large-scale wood removal on a continuous basis.

The Home Depot
(864)306-0137
6607 Calhoun Memorial Hw
Easley, SC
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(864)886-0633
1614 Sandifer Blvd
Seneca, SC
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Tri-County Ace
(864) 878-0370
440 Ann St
Pickens, SC
 
LOWE'S OF EASLEY, S. C.
864 306-6767
6068 CALHOUN MEM. HWY. EASLEY, SC, 29640
Easley, SC
 
Easley Builders Ace Hardware
(864) 859-4011
5284 Calhoun Memorial Hwy, Highway 123 across from Hardee's
Easley, SC
 
The Home Depot
(864)232-0510
2490 N Pleasantburg Dr
Greenville, SC
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(864)236-0197
1339 S Pleasantburg Dr
Greenville, SC
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Lowe's
(864) 306-6767
6068 Calhoun Memorial Hwy
Easley, SC
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Fastenal- Easley
864-855-2478
809 Liberty Hwy - 93 Easley, SC, 29640
Easley, SC
 
ABC Supply Co.,Inc/Easley
864-220-2556
4797 Earl E Morris Jr Hwy Easley, SC, 29642
Easley, SC
 

Shaper or Router Table?

Shaper or Router Table?




Q. I'm thinking about starting a side business building custom doors. Should I consider investing in a shaper or use my router table?

 

Shaper cutters are larger and last longer than router bits.  The heavy weight large-diameter shaper cutter is designed to remove large amounts of material.

A. Get a shaper. Simply stated, the shaper produces more in less time than a router can. A 3-1/2-hp router table setup can handle the occasional kitchen and, coupled with today's router bits, is even capable of making full-size, 1-3/4-in.-thick exterior doors. But a router is not designed for large-scale wood removal on a continuous basis. A 1-1/2-hp shaper will actually remove more wood than a 3-1/2-hp router. That's because routers have lightweight universal motors designed for handheld use that develop low torque. A shaper uses an induction motor designed for continuous, heavy-duty use with torque to spare. Torque is what allows a shaper to hog off two to three times as much wood as a router can in a single pass. You'll still need a good router table setup. Small-diameter bits need the high rpm to make a clean cut. Although shapers have adapters that allow you to run router bits, they don't spin them fast enough for an optimal cut.


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