View Full Version : Shaper collectors..

02-14-2015, 12:25 PM
Interesting provenance on this one; http://hartford.craigslist.org/tls/4862094112.html

02-14-2015, 12:37 PM
Like fleas around here; http://hartford.craigslist.org/tls/4887008337.html

02-14-2015, 01:44 PM
$2,000 for a shaper??

Ohio Mike
02-14-2015, 01:50 PM
$2,000 for a shaper??

Someones fantasy. Its been well published on several metalworking sites and no takers.

02-14-2015, 02:12 PM
The $1999 one:

The $900 one:

Errol Groff
02-14-2015, 02:58 PM
That $1900 machine is about 15 miles south of me. Had I won that huge Powerball a couple of days ago I would be on that like a chicken on a June bug. Ah, if only.


02-14-2015, 09:21 PM
I've had 3, a red one with no name, an Ammco, and have now a Rhodes just like the one pictured. All 3 bought at separate times cost Me $187. Have about 15 years use out of the Rhoades.

02-14-2015, 09:28 PM
$2,000 for a shaper??
Yea, but have you priced planers lately?? :rolleyes:


02-14-2015, 09:39 PM
As far as the historical value, well, that may be valid or it may not be. Wouldn't be worth diddly to me.
As has often been said, the size/value function for metal shapers is an odd one. Small ones are worth disproportionately more and large ones are worth disproportionately less. I was offered a 24" Cincinatti for free once, in excellent running condition with lots of tooling and original vise. I passed, not having anything like the capacity to move a six ton machine nor the floor space to put it. That one went to scrap. But 7" Atlas or South Bend shapers now command prices in excess of $1000. And they are IMO too small to do many real jobs. I let my Atlas go when it just wasn't rigid enough to do a job and it P'd me O.

I think the optimal size for a home shop is about 12". Big enough to do real work but small enough to move and to not take up excessive floor space. And not that expensive. Of course, I'm biased. I own a 12" Sheldon, LOL.


02-14-2015, 09:43 PM
The fellow with the planer for sale in DeSoto Mo is quite a character.
You need to go have a look at his collection of "stuff".
I sold him a load of "stuff" last spring and delivered it to his place.
I would have gave him the "stuff" just for the tour.
Amazing "stuff"!!!!!


02-14-2015, 09:54 PM
That planer's been discussed several times on PM and the price has been the butt of quite a few jokes. JMO but when it gets <$1k it might sell.....maybe.

02-16-2015, 06:51 PM
I've got a shaper for sale for $150

02-16-2015, 07:50 PM
The $5500 planer:

02-16-2015, 08:10 PM
kdofk that looks to me to be a spindle molder

02-16-2015, 10:10 PM
kdofk that looks to me to be a spindle molder
I see them advertised on craigslist as shapers all the time.

Optics Curmudgeon
02-16-2015, 10:58 PM
I see them advertised on craigslist as shapers all the time.

And the proper name for that machine is....shaper. Those in the know will advertise their particular machine as a "metal shaper" or "wood shaper". For a time I owned both, and both were made by Atlas, potentially the ultimate in confusion.

Alistair Hosie
02-17-2015, 01:47 PM
We here in the uk would call that either a spindle moulder, or glorified, or posh router table.The Americans have the name shapers they are in the usa shapers ,but are actually very much smaller and not so aggresive as spindle moulders used in the uk and Australia New Zealand etc,as far as planers are concerned they are usually much more expensive.Incidently the nicest example of a workshop metal planer is the one Danny has .Alistair