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anyone purchased 7 1/2 shopfox or griz tilt shaper? anything good or bad to say? im considering purchase. dhm
I know little to nothing about those brands except that they are not among the better manufacturers of big boy shapers.
I would suggest older SCMI, EMA, Sicar, Pathans, even Martin shapers. It will be harder to find them with the tilt, though. I have always asked myself if I really need that, so I never have had one that tilts.
I currently run a 3ph SCMI T120 with a digital readout, factory micro adjust fences, and a 3 wheel feeder. A pleasure to use. With this level of equipment, you just don't have to think about it - it just works without fussing or adjusting or fiddling. The problem with lower grades of equipment is that you never know what you are missing.
Look here on Woodweb in the Machinery listings, or go to Ex-Factory or IRS Recovery (both in the Machinery section, right column) for what is available and an idea of costs.
david i have a lot of experience with older scm t 130s and rockwell/invicta machines. but i know what starts to fail after 10 plus years of industrial use. i have a budget if 5 thou. so i am weighing new heavy chiwanese vs used from machinery dealer. too busy for downtime. i have had good luck with basic griz extreme series machines, but dont know anything about their top of the line shaper. or the shopfox or baleigh? seems even robland is going chiwanese along with delta, jet, powermatic.
I have the 10 HP Extrema XT260, it is the tilting version with a sliding table. I don't think I could run my shop without this shaper. All my other shapers, which range from 2 HP grizzlys to an older SCM T100 with a 7 1/2 HP, all pale in comparison. I keep them all in dedicated setups and the Extrema is so easy to change around with all the dial indicator readouts on every adjustment. The overall machine is worth the money. I think I spent 8000 on it. Take a look if you haven't already made a choice.