You guys were very helpful with advice when someone offered me a free metal shaper. It's downstairs in my barn, but the reality is that it's more likely I would make my first foray into metal working with an old metal lathe that was also given me, several years ago. That is, if it's worth restoring. But my interest in metal working has certainly been raised after the shaper adventure. Again I turn to my new found forum of advisors.
I can't find any brand name anywhere on the machine, except the nameplate on the electric switch, which is Furnas Electric Co. I assume that's the company that made the switch. I have the original motor also, but would likely put on a new one. What do you think? Why are there so many belts? How would I even begin to figure out how to set this thing up, let alone use it? What are those gears for? I assume I could take it apart and rewire and clean it up first. Any thoughts on how to find a manual (without a brand . . how is that possible?)
Would really appreciate any advice, information, guidance, etc. Thanks