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I found this Wadkin EP shaper on e-bay this morning. Interestingly, the table appears to have been rotated 90 degrees counter clockwise. This basically moves the operator position to the right side of the shaper. I’m trying to figure out why you’d do this.

The shaper on the left is the machine in question. The shaper on the right is the same model from the 1936 Wadkin catalogue. This setup looks like it would be pretty uncomfortable to use (no overhang, handwheel/spinner at gut/groin level).

The owwm

2 Responses to “What’s wrong with this picture?”

  1. Richard says:

    Hi there I have an EP too. I a also have rotated the top 90 degrees this lets the machine go back to a wall as the Motor really sticks out. Also I have shortened the rise handle shaft so you don’t catch your leg on it. but… if you use a power feed its not really an issue anyway.

    • The owwm says:

      Richard,
      That explains it pretty well. This is a much better reason than the one I had contrived (which was that some bright spot had forgotten how to reassemble this shaper). I’ve never used an EP (I’ve got a few EQ’s). What’s your impression of the machine?

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