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Old Rockwell-Delta-Milwaukee Heavy Duty Wood Shaper 43-205, 1340

One of our readers sent us these pictures of what turned out to be an older Rockwell-Delta-Milwaukee heavy duty wood shaper model 43-205 with serial number 78-2093. They were asking us to identify it so he could purchase the correct owner’s manual for it. This shaper is in good condition for it’s age. The serial number dates it to 1949. This was the biggest and heaviest wood shaper that Rockwell-Delta-Milwaukee ever made, and it was modeled after their popular unisaw design.



This shaper model came out in the Delta catalog in 1940 as the model 1340. The wood shaper has a 27″ x 28″ table with the standard 3/4″ spindle. It accepts a total of six interchangeable spindles: 5/16″, 1/2″, 3/4″ and 1″ standard spindles, 1/2″ stub spindle and a 3/4″ extra long spindle. This shaper was advertised as having a wide range of shaper cutter sizes.


Delta-Milwaukee 1953 Catalog Pages on 43-205 & 1340 Wood Shaper

Below are some pages from the Delta-Milwaukee 1953 catalog about the 43-205 and 1340 wood shaper. We have the complete catalog and more on our FREE PDF Catalogs page. This shows more about how this shaper was marketed as well as the available accessories. In 1953, this wood shaper was sold new for $252.00, which is equivalent to $2,278.65 today. I’ve heard of guys picking these up for around $500 today, depending on the condition.

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ROCKWELL Older Heavy Duty Wood Shaper 43-205 & 1340 Operator’s & Parts Manual

We have the owner’s manual that came with this machine available below. It has a lot of nice pictures of the inner workings of the wood shaper, and with instructions on how to change the spindles. The manual has explosive diagrams of all the parts with parts numbers and descriptions, which helps when needing to restore this machine or find parts.


Rockwell-Delta Older Heavy Duty Wood Shaper 43-205 & 1340 Operator’s & Parts Manual








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2 thoughts on “Old Rockwell-Delta-Milwaukee Heavy Duty Wood Shaper 43-205, 1340

  1. I have one of the above Shapers that was given to me. It came with 1/2, 3/4 spindles and 1 large amount of 1/2″ bore cutters. I had one adapter that I have not seen on any other web site and my question to you is do you have any information on it. The adapter fits/slides over the 3/4″ spindle and is secured with a nut. The spindle had a fixed bottom flange with 2 grooved machine on it. The top flange slides onto the spindle and also has machined grooves. The flanges are used to hold 2 blades or cutter knives that have sharpened molding cutter shapes on them. The adapter spindle uses a 1″ nut to hold the flanges and blades or cutter knives.

    1. Hi Scott,
      The cutter that holds the two knives with the nut on top is called a “Safety Cutterhead”. They made them for 1/2″ and 3/4″ spindles. They were made for special mouldings that couldn’t be made on standard shaper cutters at the time. A person could also grind their own at home.

      This information is shown in the shaper manual here:

      It list it in the back with the accessories.

      The Getting the Most Out of Your Shaper Book here:

      This actually shows how to set up that particular cutter with what they call a knife scale, which really looks like a ruler. It also has a chapter on how to grind and design your own cutters for that cutterhead. Of course, the book has a lot of other neat set ups. I highly recommend it.

      Thanks for sharing, and let me know if you or anyone else have any other questions about manuals or old machines.


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