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Router vs. Shaper – Which one is your favorite?

I was reading some posts at FamilyWoodworking.org recently and stumbled across this one titled “Router vs. Shaper Question“.  Well, since we are “The World’s Router Bit & Woodworking Source” we have a vested interest in people loving woodworking routers and router bits…but we also carry a very nice line of Shaper Cutters.  As you can imagine this post really caught my attention.

Router Bits - We love them, do you?

So we would love to hear from you, where do you stand on the “Router vs. Shaper” discussion?  Some questions to consider:

  • Do you just have a plain old preference for one over the other?
  • Do you only have a router due to space limitations in your shop?
  • Do you have a shaper because you can use both router bits and shaper cutters in it?
  • Do you have a router because there are many more sizes and shapes of router bits compared to shaper cutters?
  • Do you side with the router because you can own multiples of them and keep them setup in your shop for specific uses?
  • Etc., etc., etc…


Shaper Cutters - We love them too!


If you are going to chime in, please let us know what you think about our selection of Router Bits and Shaper Cutters:

  • Are we not offering enough profiles?
  • If not, what are we missing that you want?
  • Are we not offering enough sizes of certain profiles?

Our offering of router bits and shaper cutters exceeds 2,000 different options, especially when you factor in the sets we have available.  That’s a lot for you to choose from…but we want to make sure we aren’t missing something.  What you say matters!

Categories: Power Tools, Router Bits
  1. January 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I’m a router man, mainly because of space and that it suits the type of work (furniture, mostly) that I do. I’d love to have a spindle moulder/shaper but, with a simple router table, you can complete many of the same tasks.

    With a shaper/spindle, you often have to spend time making dedicated jig before you can do anything other than running grooves and rebates. Sometimes, it’s easier to keep a large, heavy work piece still and run the smaller tool over it – that’s where a router would come in.

    There’s a myth that these are the most dangerous machines in the workshop but, statistically speaking, circular saws cause the most accidents. With spindle moulders, we just need to be aware that it’s like a VERY large router…


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