Best Power Feeder for a Table Saw, Shaper and Router

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It’s not often one tool requires another tool to make it work better. While shapers, table saws and router table are great tools stand alone they are excellent when paired with a power feeder.

The power feeder improves woodworking quality with consistent stock feeding, reduces fatigue and lessens risk of injury as your hands are replaced with the power feed rolls.

What is a power feeder? A power feeder is a specialty tool that clamps or bolts to a tool with a fence and generates a steady rate of feed and downward pressure. By use of large semi-firm rollers and adjustable rate of feed the power feeder pushes wood through a shaper, router table or table saw with consistency.

Because of the steady down force the end work product will turn out better because you aren’t adjusting your grip to feed the material. Less burning, bumps in the stock and reduced fatigue for you as well.

1. Best full size power feeder - Powermatic PF-31

9.5Expert Score
Awesome

The Powermatic is a cast iron workhorse with roller chain and sprocket construction built for years of use.

Positive
  • Easy change rollers
  • Roller chain drive
  • Three way adjustment
  • 4 adjustable speeds
  • Continuous duty 1HP motor
  • Vibration free feeding
  • Also available in 3 phase
Negatives
  • Weight at 134#

When I first used this unit years ago on a shaper I was speechless. With just a few turns of the power feeder adjustment levers I was able to have down pressure set and a slight angle of attack towards the fence.

And the finished result was incredible. Due to no manual starts/stops in feeding the door rails were glass smooth. With adjustable feed rates I could set a speed for fast shaping but avoid splits and burnouts in the red oak I was milling.

The only downside? This power feed is a heavy unit that you’ll need to leave in place for a home woodworker looking at dual purpose between a shaper and table saw.

2. Best compact power feed - Powermatic PF3-Jr

9.1Expert Score
Awesome

A smaller cousin to the full size version this feeder is a perfect fit for a router table or portability between tools.

Positive
  • Easy change rollers
  • Roller chain drive
  • Three way adjustment
  • 4 adjustable speeds
  • Continuous duty motor
  • Vibration free feeding
Negatives
  • Shorter contact area vs. full size
  • 1/4 HP motor

With all of the same features as it’s larger 1HP cousin but in a 1/4 HP compact form this compact power feeder will power your shaper, jointer, table saw and heavier duty router tables with ease.

Plus this unit is backed by Powermatic’s 5 year warranty.

3. Budget power feeder - SHOP FOX W1764

8.5Expert Score
Very Good

For occasional use and lightweight design a mini power feed like this SHOP FOX W1764 is a great value

Positive
  • 27 pounds
  • Forward and reverse
  • Three way adjustment
  • Adjustable feed
  • Easy replace wheels
  • Dust port
Negatives
  • 1/8 HP motor

Unless you plan to use a power feeder all day and every day then a budget power feed is a great place to start. 

And at generally half the cost these units are affordable to install on many tools.

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