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Larick's new CNC controlled Model 540 shaper is based on the Model 390 - a proven, reliable workhorse for over 10 years. The 540 was designed to machine arched panels and rails for cabinet doors without templates, sorting, or measuring. The operator simply selects a style and operation, then feed parts into the machine. The 540 measures the part, stretches that pattern to that width, and cuts the arch as the part travels through the machine on a conveyor. As one part is traveling through, another can be fed, keeping a short gap between parts. This 'through-feed' concept makes high production with a small footprint possible. Up to 450 parts per hour are possible, based on an average width of 12 inches. Many variations of the most popular styles are standard, and adjustments for cutter diameters, panel/rail width differences, tongue depths, and other parameters are set for each style. And, a conventional or a climb cut can be used for either hogging or profiling, helping eliminate split rails and scrapped parts. In 'manual mode', the 540 functions like the Model 390, allowing normal shaper operations.

Larick's 540 is a feed through shaper with CNC controls which will machine arches into panels and rails with no sorting or template selection. To machine these parts, the operator selects the style of arch, then the operation. As parts are then fed into the machine, they are measured, the pattern is adjusted to fit the part width, and the shaper spindle moves to cut the arch as the panel or rail is fed through. Additional parts can be fed with only a 3 inch gap between them. As each part is measured, the pattern is adjusted, so no sorting is required. This 'feed through' process results in very high production. The machine is compact, and does not require rear access, so valuable shop space is conserved.

Styles of arches can be customized for each customer. Many variables can be changed to allow for different cutter diameters, arch heights, arch styles, and more.

The Model 540 also functions as a shaper for straight parts. Unlike conventional shapers with power feeders,the 6 inch wide conveyor with four rows of holddown tires transports parts past the shaper resulting in straight edges with no 'sniped' ends. Digital position indicators show both the vertical and horizontal shaper position, so making tooling changes is fast. Just remove one cutter, move to the new position, and install the new cutter. Most changeovers take less than two minutes.