Shaper vs. Big Router
I have a question that I hope you can answer or at least provide your opinions and experience.
Without taking space usage in consideration, when comparing a 1.5 or 2 HP shaper (Jet, Delta...) with a cast iron top to a 3 HP under table router (Porter Cable, Makita, Triton...) are you really comparing apples to apples?
Assuming you are using equal quality cutters will one discern a finish difference between one or the other?
The reason I am asking is that I am seeing a few used shapers with multiple knife sets for sale in my area and they are a lot cheaper than a router and lift combo.
Whittier, CA, USA
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