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    Shaper cutters

    Has anyone used a sears molding head on a shaper? I have used the molding head on a table saw with good results . The shaper is a shop fox 2 horse
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    Arbor size match? RPM at same as table saw? That would be my two questions.
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    The shaper is 7,000 and 10,000 rpm with 1/2" and 3/4 arbor
    the head has different sizes bushing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Acquisto View Post
    The shaper is 7,000 and 10,000 rpm with 1/2" and 3/4 arbor
    the head has different sizes bushing.
    1, The head is designed to run at table saw speeds - probably about 3500 rpm, or so.

    2. The head is about twice the diameter of most shaper cutters.

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    I'd agree with Jim, those were designed to be used with a TS or RAS with the lower rpms. I've used mine on my RAS, but mostly as my dad was helping me and he was using the TS for some other tasks, mostly use it on the TS.
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    I have one of the old Sears molding heads, and haven't dared use it since I got my fancy saw and two shapers.
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    That's what I thought too.
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    Let me ask a stupid question. I remember years ago, people getting custom blades for their shapers. Now I was not old enough to remember the whole thing, but I am wondering if there would be some middle ground maybe. I seem to remember some shaper head, that used replaceable cutters, for customer moldings (don't know if it was a vertical shaper, or shaper in some molding machine). Could these cutters themselves, be used on a shaper head? (if the bolt pattern lined up, of course)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randal Stevenson View Post
    ... I remember years ago, people getting custom blades for their shapers. ... I seem to remember some shaper head, that used replaceable cutters, for customer moldings (don't know if it was a vertical shaper, or shaper in some molding machine). Could these cutters themselves, be used on a shaper head? (if the bolt pattern lined up, of course)
    I have one of the shaper heads that take insert cutters. Yes you can have custom profiles made (the one pair I had made cost $75 plus shipping). The cutters for that head are much larger and have precise alignment points. I haven't explored using my old tablesaw molding head cutters, but doubt if they would fit, and certainly don't have the European standard alignment points.
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