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    Default Vernon Shaper

    It looks like I may be the new owner of a Vernon (not Vernon Sheldon) Shaper. Anyone here have any experience, manuals or information they care to share with regard to this particular Shaper? The machine appears to be complete with the exception of a sheet metal cover and runs smoothly.
    Thanks!

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    Not sure of the shaper, but the Vernon Mill was originally built by Diamond of Los Angeles. Then of course, Sheldon bought out Vernon

    Rich

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    I have a Vernon in nice shape. Limited experience running it. Works real good.

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    There is a ton of shpaer information here:

    http://neme-s.org/Shaper%20Books/shaper_book_page.htm

    No Vernon specific stuff but I am sure you will find information of value. If you are able to score a Vernon manual I would love to have a copy to add to the Shaper page!
    Errol Groff

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    YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/GroffErrol?feature=mhee

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    i have a 12" vernon shaper. it has a tilting table and a dod tag. i would like to get a manual also.

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    What the hell is a "dod tag"? I have a 7in Rhodes shaper and I don't think it has one unless I missed it. If I need one, where canI get it? Bob.

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    Bob, I think he means Department of Defense Tag. I have an old Racine power Hacksaw with one of those tags on it. That saw was made during WWII for the war effort and reads War Ordinance Department.

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    I have a Vernon 12" that I have restored. There is very little Vernon information out there. Luckily the construction is pretty straight forward.

    http://s640.photobucket.com/albums/u...non%20Project/

    Randy
    Last edited by randyjaco; 07-01-2012 at 09:48 AM.

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    Thanks for the input guys.

    As Randyjaco says, there is very little Vernon info out there. Randy, I had gotten some picture of your restoration previously. Nice job!

    bob 308, I did find a free online parts list/manual for a Sheldon Shaper that was based on the Vernon. It appears that several of the parts are the same but there are some major differences as well. Here's the link if you don't already have it. http://www.kinzers.com/don/MachineTo...ldonShaper.pdf

    From what I can gather, the Vernon Shaper was the predecessor of the Vernon-Sheldon and later became the Sheldon. I read somewhere that the Sheldon machines were noisy when running but the Vernon I'm getting is actually very quiet. The Reeves drives appear to be very similar so I don't know what the additional noise comes from unless it's the back gears. The Vernon and Sheldon appear to differ significantly in that area.

    If anyone comes up with more Vernon info please let me know.
    Thanks! Steve

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    Thanks, firb, Department of defense never occurred to me. My Rhodes was probably built in the 20's, guess I don't need a tag.Somewhere in my stuff I have a tag from the Defense Plant Corporation, Fisher Tank Div. My late Father-in-law welded during the WWII. I also have a 1944 Logan that looks like it had a tag at some point. It frightens me that we may never be able to match that effort again.

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