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DiscoDan

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I was at the local Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association show today and stopped by the maching shop. Got to see a shaper in action and a vertical slotter in action. Then outside was a flea market vendor selling an AMMCO 7 inch shaper that looked complete. Didn't buy it but got his number. The machine shop also had a shaper for sale but it was in pieces. I think God was telling me something!
 

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Mesmerizing machines to watch aren't they? I was bitten by the shaper bug awhile back and just managed to land one of my own, a Rhodes 7". Cant wait to have time to use it.
 

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Alba 1-A and won't part with it. Some jobs are just so much easier on a shaper plus they are one of the most satisfying machines to use.
 

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They are fun/mesmerizing to watch. The vertical slitter was interesting. It was a donated machine that they were using for the first time. It has a rotary table and they had a steel round set up and they were basically shaping the outside diameter to make it round. Did a fine job.
 

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Dan I think the signs are all pointing to you having a shaper Lol. That would have been cool to watch them doing a round on the shaper.
I find I have been using my shaper more than my mill lately. Partly because its new to me but its perfect for a lot of jobs.
I had to machine down flat a large flame cut flange. Had it all set up in the mill, but its very hard on cutters . Put it in the shaper and it cut thru the slag no problem. I even ended up doing all the edges on the shaper too.

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Martin, last night i was watch Abom79 use a shaper on some flame cut edges but he used a grinder to get through all of the cap and take down the ridges. Glad it worked for you without the extra step.
 

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Shapers and slotters can preform work that would otherwise be quite difficult, such as internal features, square and rectangular holes, keyways, splines, etc. Recently, I needed to make a special hex socket; the slotter (vertical shaper) is a natural for that job, and yes, shaping segments of circles. My slotter is a 6" Pratt & Whitney, it has a 20" rotary table built in, with automatic rotary feed, plus shop bolt indexing and indexing in degrees by worm feed, and I have index plates for accurate indexing like on a dividing head. The P&W is intended primarily for tool and die work, so the ram is inclinable for die clearance. I also have a B&S slotting head for my B&S #2 universal mill, it can be sometimes better than the P&W for some work, as the slide is inclinable sideways 360 deg. Also have the Gould & Eberhardt 20-24" industrial universal shaper, especially ,,nice for such things as tapered gibs, or most any long skinny part within its range.
 

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I love my G&E shaper. Doing a job on it right now for a friend. Squaring up a large piece of stock.
 

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That rusty shaper sitting outside has a vise with it. If original, that might be a good find in itself. Can't tell from the picture if the rust is a problem or not. I suspect that rust would be less of a problem for a shaper than for your precision machines.

I just cleaned up a Lewis 10" shaper, but the rusted parts were generally not on any sliding ways. Turned out ok tho I haven't used it to make anything yet.

Guess I'm saying that if the price is right, and you have room, a shaper can be a good addition to your shop.
 
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