Shop Fox W1701, 1 HP Shaper
The Shop Fox that I picked for number one isn't their smallest shaper, this one is. It has a 1 HP motor, compared to the 2 HP in the W1674. It's also got a slightly smaller table and only takes the 1/2-inch diameter spindle. Even though the spindle is smaller, it still stacks up to 3 inches of cutters, although the travel is limited to 7/8-inch. In addition to the 1/2-inch spindle, this one comes with collets to allow it to accept 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch router bits. The miter gauge has an extension on it for added precision; however, the fence adjustment isn't as fine as that found on the bigger units.