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  • What is the smallest shaper?

    Both manual and powered...what are the smallest shapers?

    Thanks

  • #2
    I'm going to venture that for a mass produced brand it was the 7 inch.
    regards

    3t

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    • #3
      Take a look at Tony's site in the shaper section:

      http://www.lathes.co.uk/index.html

      The Adept, Bradley, and Perfecto hand-powered shapers all seem to fall in the 6" ram stroke range. I have a small Drummond, which has a table that is about 5x6 and a ram stroke of about 6", but its effective cutting stroke is limited to about 4" on the workpiece.



      I also have a 6" Ammco, and most small powered shapers seem to start in the 6-8" range.

      Last edited by Bob Farr; 02-22-2010, 08:11 PM.

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      • #4
        My Adept 2 is rather petite, in fact I can even pick it up (including stand and motor) and carry it around.

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        • #5
          Martin Model has a kit for a 4" shaper.

          http://www.martinmodel.com/MMPtools.html

          ME

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          • #6
            Out of curosity, do these small shapers get used very much? It seems like they are rather ineffecient in terms of what they can do vs. the size they take up.

            That six inch shaper still takes up a pretty good amount of space but it seems like your work envelope is really limited...

            I'm not criticizing, I'm just observing/wondering You all know I go for the "big-boned" machine tools so I'm a little biased

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            • #7
              My little shaper gets a lot of use. Just about anything that will fit in the bench vise can be caressed by even a little shaper.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Fasttrack
                Out of curosity, do these small shapers get used very much? It seems like they are rather inefficient in terms of what they can do vs. the size they take up.

                That six inch shaper still takes up a pretty good amount of space but it seems like your work envelope is really limited...

                I'm not criticizing, I'm just observing/wondering You all know I go for the "big-boned" machine tools so I'm a little biased
                Dunno but what I want to know is why do the hand shapers fetch more money and be more sort after than the small power shapers, at least over here in the UK ?

                Pay extra to do more work ?

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                Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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                • #9
                  Originally posted by John Stevenson
                  Dunno but what I want to know is why do the hand shapers fetch more money and be more sort after than the small power shapers, at least over here in the UK ?

                  Pay extra to do more work ?

                  .
                  I've got an Ormerod hand shaper with an 11" stroke which is big for a hand shaper, and it takes up much less workshop space than the equivalent power machine would. Now I only use my workshop as a hobby, I'm not trying to earn a living from it, so it doesn't matter to me that its slow, and can't be left to work on its own while I do something else. To be honest, I find using the hand shaper to be quite relaxing and theraputic, and it does shift a surprising amount of metal. In truth, it doesn't get used a huge amount, but it does get used, and I recently did the bearing housings for a gas (thats gas as understood in the UK) engine bed casting on it, when I couldn't get it to fit under the mill. I wouldn't part with it for a power machine of equivalent capacity. It would be different if my ability to eat depended on it.

                  Richard

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by The Artful Bodger
                    My little shaper gets a lot of use. Just about anything that will fit in the bench vise can be caressed by even a little shaper.
                    lol, a true metalbasher, your use of english cracked me up, its almost pornographic, love it machine chocolate, keep it up
                    caressed with a sledge is my limit
                    happy Tuesday
                    mark

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                    • #11
                      Possibly amongst the smallest Baby Shapers, is the Adept 3&1/2" stroke hand operated shaper, A friend of mine has one and has had it from brand new, He uses it now and again, and says it is a nice little machine
                      My smallest shaper is a 6"stroke power driven Adept I use it now and again, It is a handy little machine Have had it for close on 49 years since dad bought me it new

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                      • #12
                        If you are really tight on shop space, there is always this...

                        small shaper



                        ME

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                        • #13
                          It'd be fun to have a thread that was world's smallest machine tools of all kinds:

                          - Tiny shapers

                          - Tiny drill presses (Dumore and other "sensitive" drill presses)

                          - Tiny mills

                          - Tiny lathes

                          Cheers,

                          BW
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                          • #14
                            Mine is a powered 5 inch

                            It weights around 250lbs & says ( R&D labs ) St Paul, minn. Never seen a powered one this small before or found anything out about it. Well make
                            heavy duty little shaper with no history.

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                            • #15
                              Saw a shop built tiny crank shaper..

                              Colt used it to shape the trigger slots in 1911 frames.

                              So less than 2 inch stroke...

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