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  • #16
    It's a time machine!! check the date the photo was taken!?

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    • #17
      Originally posted by alistair1537 View Post
      It's a time machine!! check the date the photo was taken!?
      I noticed that too, only I wanted to read all the posts before commenting. Now You have beaten Me, I'll have to see if the OP will run it in reverse for a while so My post will jump ahead of Yours.

      Steve

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      • #18
        I was using my little 6&1/2"stroke travelling head shaper yesterday shaping down a little bracket, Believe it or not to use my milling machine would have taken longer, & been a more awkward, took 15 minutes each side of the component (including tightening down in vice and clamping in tool) Job finished 35 minutes a pleasure to complete

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        • #19
          I love my little Adept 2 power shaper! Small jobs, putting a flat on a shaft, a keyway (internal or external) and of course knocking the crust off rusted chunks of Inscrutamoid there is nothing better than a shaper!

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          • #20
            I have a love of shaping machines bordering on kinky!, i dont yet have one but if you can watch a 10 min video without getting bored something must be wrong, i suppose its because it was the first real metalworking machine we learned to use in school, the usual projects, vee blocks, machine vice etc.
            I dont know if its true but we were told that surface plates were made with a shaper as opposed to mill, id like to see that done.
            In the central workshops at the steelplant they had a planer that had about 20 foot of travel, amazing to watch it glide along producing the biggest shaving, not chip, i have ever seen, the big lathes only made chips.
            I must get one, better than a stress ball.
            Mark

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            • #21
              I can't relate to 'Why do I need this?' at all, except as it refers to something I don't already have several of. In that case the answer is 'Because I like it!'.

              The only shaper I have is a very old 24" Cincinnati. I need some more!
              Last edited by Don Young; 11-18-2013, 11:54 PM.
              Don Young

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              • #22
                Originally posted by hoffman View Post
                Someone please remind me. WHY DO I STILL NEED THIS?
                I've heard projects like this described as teenage girlfriends: Looks great, the guys are jealous, can be expensive to maintain, nobody can figure them out, doesn't produce anything, probably overall a bad idea. And a "fun" night can result in throwing your back out. There's pictures of her or one just like her all over the internet. Most guys don't want the huge heavy ones. Try not to catch a disease from her (tetanus?). You ever seen that pix captioned "no matter how fun she looks now, there's a zillion guys tired of her (four letter word here)". The analogies can just go on and on.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by boslab View Post
                  I must get one, better than a stress ball.
                  Mark

                  You mean you are going to get one, melt it down and make stress balls out of it ?

                  AWESOME idea
                  .

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



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                  • #24
                    Cool machine. If we all had just what we need, we wouldn't have much and life would be dull. I just bought one this weekend and got it home and cleaned up. It is complicated to me. Maybe after some study it will get easier.


                    bedwards



                    reason for edit, added pic
                    Last edited by bewards; 11-19-2013, 09:48 AM.

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                    • #25
                      bedwards, read up on it, not much to it really once you get familiar with the workings.
                      Nice looking shaper.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by The Artful Bodger View Post
                        I love my little Adept 2 power shaper! Small jobs, putting a flat on a shaft, a keyway (internal or external) and of course knocking the crust off rusted chunks of Inscrutamoid there is nothing better than a shaper!
                        Yes Artful, The self same machine I was using "In my light machine-shop" In my heavy shop, too cold at the moment! I have a Royal 10" stroke pillar pattern machine, At one time in Britain they were referred to as Anglo American Pattern, As compared to Joseph Whitworths travelling head pattern Same as the little Adept but these big things were on steroids! (Even although that the pillar type of shaper was dreamed up by the Scottish designer James Naismyth, Whilst in the works of Maudsley Sons & Field in London Guess in the early days the American folk used this design more for its handiness & went on to build superb machines to the pillar design, Cincinnati, Hendy, Gould & Eberhart Etc.

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                        • #27
                          I must admit to melting down more than a few shapers, watching them slide into the converter was always sad., mut there i must have seen every machine created going to its firey end, 12 mins of mach2 oxygen and its gone!.
                          Guns were also a popular addition as scrap to get rid of them, 60 tons at a time, thats a lot of guns. We also incinerated porn, drugs and money occasionaly (all great stress releivers!).
                          Funniest one was dope, bales of the stuff were delivered on a lorry by armed police, bout 20 tons, so we sanwiched the bales between scrap punchings in a scrap bin, charged the converter with 180 tons of liquid iron, then added the scrap and drugs, normally there is a giant fan to extract the fume up the hood and into the flare stack, the fan is about 15 foot diameter, strangely it tripped out and the extraction was dead, leaving the dope to burn on top of the scrap, slowley! The charger crane driver up above had to go home by taxi as he was as high as a kite!, the whole of port talbot smelled like an amsterdam brown bar.
                          We didnt burn drugs anymore!
                          Industrial stress releif
                          Mark

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