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Shaper AND a mill?

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Old 11-10-2010, 11:25:42 AM
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Thumbs up Shaper AND a mill?

I'm always irked at guys who find some fabulous deal & then gloat about it, but...I'm not above taking my turn...
I've always thought it would be nice to have a little shaper, I've looked at dozens of them on ebay, but they're always way back East somewhere that the freight would cost as much as the machine...same deal w/a little horizontal mill, like an Atlas...
So, I'm looking through Craigslist the other day, & what do I see but a South Bend 7" shaper & an Atlas mill, BOTH!!! Less $$$ for the pair than the freight would be to get ONE of them here from back East... And the best part? 70 mi. from home... absolutely can't pass up a deal like this...
So, I emailed, got a number, called, got directions to an off-grid place way back in the mountains, , & for less than 1/4-tank of Diesel for freight, a very nice South Bend shaper & an OK Atlas mill are sitting in my driveway...& I'm happy...
Pics when it stops raining & I can pull the tarp off...
Ron in CO...
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:21:29 PM
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Default Re: Shaper AND a mill?

I was lucky enough to pick up a little 7 inch Delta shaper a few years ago with very little run time on it. Other than a few spots of surface rust, it's almost like new. I'd have to go through my reciepts again to be sure but it was somewhere in the $200.00 - $300.00 range and only 7 miles from home. Passed up on one 25 years ago in the same price range, and had been kicking myself ever since for not getting it, so I wasn't about to make that mistake a second time.

Most jobs that a shaper will do can be done on a mill, but for internal keyways you either need a shaper, or a several sets of broaches for all the different sizes.
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