Royal & Viceroy Shapers
Royal Shaper Page 2 of 3 Viceroy Royal 250 Shaper
An especially well-made shaper, the 10.5-inch stroke, 4-speed "Royal" was built in both early and late versions and intended for use in the smaller professional workshops and training establishments. Also badged as a "Viceroy", it's only drawback - though common to similar sized machines from several other makers at the time - was the lack (on early models only) of a support bar under the front edge of the box to stiffen the structure under heavier cuts.
Manufactured by Realm Engineering of Croydon, Surry (not to be confused with the makers of Relm lathes) the machine stayed in production until the 1960s - the final decade where such machines were installed in schools and colleges.
Mounted on a robust, cast-iron stand and fitted with a clutch as standard, the machine had square ram guides with the stroke rate controlled by a combination of a 2-speed gearbox and 2-step V-belt drive. Both automatic vertical and well as horizontal power feeds appear to have been fitted - though the vertical may well have been an extra-cost option.
With a box table 10.125" long, 6.875" wide and 7.375" tall the Royal could tackle work up to 10.75 inches wide and accommodate a job up to 8 inches high. The tool slide had around 2.5 inches of travel (it accepted tools up to 5/8" square) and the ram stroke could be set at, 43, 58, 88 or 118 per minute.
Although mechanically identical to earlier models, the last version of the Royal was given more up-to-date styling by squaring off the main castings and fitted to a cheaper, fabricated stand. In this form it is usually to be found carrying Viceroy badges, that Company have strong connections with the educational market..