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Manufactured/Badged by:
Rockwell Manufacturing Co.
Pittsburgh, PA

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Shaper, Wood
Machine Size: Light Duty
Submitted By: Gerald Buttigieg
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: Model 43-120
Date of Manufacturer: 1976
Serial Number: KP 494 (View SN Registry Entry)
Last Updated 11/30/2010 11:13:54 PM

Comments:
I purchased this Mod 43-120 in March 2007, as is, from a friend of mine in Durban, South Africa who has a large outlet selling industrial wood working machines, both new and second hand. He attends auctions as well as word of mouth possible buys. When he comes across Rockwell or other good wood work machines he invariably buys them as there is a very good market out here for them. As long as the majority of the machine and the price is right. This light duty shaper did not look in great shape but it had potential. Where the motor, motor plate and the special motor pulley had disappeared to are the million $ questions I bought this shaper as a challenge to see if I could reinstate it to working condition. This led me on a merry trail but I must say I have got there eventually albeit slowly.
Not long after purchasing this shaper Kudzu (Jeff Horton) parted out a LD sahpaer and I was first in and claimed the 4 parts as shown in the photo he sent me. By a stroke of luck and a long story, I managed to get the special pulley and the pulley guard "ruckered" to me by a South African visiting the States on a course. The motor mount and the ring guard bracket remained in the USA with a fellow OWWMer for a whole year till eventually they were posted along with some other extras which were donated by OWWM members, Craig Stebbins and Bob Hodgson. See last photo. A high speed motor had to be sought as the normal 1450 rpm motors avaialable out here would be under speed. A second hand one, 2850 rpm was eventually found. The sheet metal stand was swopped for an open frame stand and a caster set was added to make it mobile. Busy manufacturing a ring guard as I only got the ring but having bought the bracket that too has been a good buy. Regarding the spares that came with the shaper. The two cutter heads and the HD spindle were taken over to the USA for me and eventually put up on ebay. I raised $260 for the parts which was phenomenal as that sale doubled what I paid for the whole shaper. Some of the funds were used to parcel freight the motor mount etc to me in August 2008. I had to have a small spindle pulley turned as the original one was the wrong size. I have a 3:1 ratio now between the special motor pulley and the spindle pulley giving me just under 10 000 rpm at the cutter head. I have fitted a toggle reversing switch (red switch on right). After an all over refurb the shaper is looking good.

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Comments: As it is August 2008, complete and withparts of special extras.
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Comments: Label Details. Note the wrong size pulley on the spindle when bought.
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Comments: Parts and extras that came with the shaper when bought. Note the two cutter heads (top) and HD spindle (right).
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Comments: The shaper as bought missing motor, motor mounting plate, spindle pulley guard and special motor pulley.
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Comments: Parts I dibbsed from Kudzu when he offered them on BOYD.
Source: Kudzu Guntersville Al USA
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Comments: Showing extras received from fellow USA OWWMers Aug 2008.
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