There are several types of shaper machine each featuring different size and usage. Following are the few different types of shaper machines.
Crank Type Shaper Machines
Crank Type shaper machine is the among the most common type. The crank shaper uses a crank mechanism (change circular motion to a repeated linear motion). The Ram holds the toolpost and tools to cut and shape the workpiece.
Gear Type Shaper Machine
In this types of shaper machines, the ram is reciprocating. The ram is affecting due to reciprocating motion with the rack and pinion. The rack teeth are cut directly below the ram mesh with the spur gear.
Instead of a crank, a gear mechanism is used to give the ram a repeated linear motion. This is not a very famous machine in the industry however it is used for its robust build and also liked for its gear mechanism.
Hydraulic Shaper Machine
This is a very interesting shaper machine as it is way modern than the traditional crank and gear shaper machines. The hydraulic system can easily provide a high volume of pressure to the Ram. These machines are quieter and smoother than the previous types.
Vertical Shaper Machine
Vertical shaper machines may be hydraulic or crank driven but their orientation is vertical. Vertical shaper machine is more convenient for internal surfaces, slots and grooves.
Standard Vs Universal Table of Shaper Machine
The standard table of a shaper machine only provides movement in vertical and horizontal axis whereas the universal table can also incline, swivel on its resting axis.