Metal Shapers

by Kay Fisher

The most frequently asked question should be: Is a shaper a safe machine? Unfortunately that question is never asked.

Shapers are very dangerous machines. In my opinion they are the most dangerous machine in your shop for several reasons:

So let me leave this safety warning with one good safety hint. The single biggest cause of accidents on shapers is having the tool bit come loose in the tool post. This is because you frequently have to fiddle with them and re-adjust to suit the job. You should treat the bolt that tightens the tool into the clapper box the same way machinists treat the wrench they use for tightening the jaws on a chuck. Always tighten that tool down even though you may not be quite ready and have to do it again.

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