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Shapers: Alba & Elliott
A Manual & Parts List is available for the 10M shaper and the larger
Alba/Elliott types including the 14", 18" and 24" S-Types

Unusual uses for a shaper:
Experiment to determine extent of Hydrogen
embrittlement in a weld  by Dr. Richard Smith


Alba shapers were made from the 1930s until the 1970s, the smallest model in the range being the 10-inch stroke 1A -  a machine that was to become the well-known and very successful Elliott 10M, a machine sold widely to schools and colleges in the UK.  Other models in the range included much larger ones with ram strokes of 14, 18 and 24 inches - these models being easily recognised by a massive circular housing on the drive side of the main body. Sold by Alba they carried model designations of 2S, 4S and 6S and, when marketed by Elliott, as the 4S and 18S and 24S (this model is shown towards the bottom of the page). Elliott also badged other makes of shaper, including those by Invicta..


Elliott 10M Shaper
This extremely well-made and finished shaper was a development of the "Alba 1A" (see below). It was popular in both training and production workshops and many thousands are still in use. Four speeds were available; the rear-mounted motor had a double-step V pulley which drove a two-speed gear train and clutch unit. (The clutch lever can be seen laying horizontally along the body of the machine and the two-speed gear was selected by moving in and out the black knob immediately above the motor) Automatic cross feed (with a safety over-run device) was fitted as standard and a vertical feed (also with over-load protection on later models) available as an option. The machine's box table could be swivelled and featured two T slotted and one V-grooved side

Alba 1A/Elliott 10M

Above and below: the 10-inch stroke Alba 1A as sold during the 1930s. Note the box without any front support


The Alba 1A as it was by the late 1940s with a full-frame stand that enabled the fitting of a sliding support bar under the front of the box. This model, together with the Elliot 10M, are the most easily-found and effective shapers for use in a home or light-duty professional workshop

The Alba 2S, 4S and 6S - machines easily recognised by the massive circular housing on the drive side of their main bodies. An identical range was sold badged as the  Elliott 4S and 18S and 24S - also with strokes of 14", 18" and 24"
Model 14S:
Ram stroke 14" (356 mm) with 4 rates of feed giving strokes per minute of: 18, 30 57 and 109. The table had a top surface of 14" x 10" (355 x 254 mm) with a longitudinal traverse of 18.25" (463 mm) and 4 rates of cross-feed that ranged, per cut, from 0.0104" to 0.0417" (0.26 to 1.06 mm).
Able to be swivelled through 90 each side of upright, the tool slide had 4.25" (108 mm) of travel and could take cutters up to 11/16" x 1
1/4" (17.5 mm x 32 mm). Fitted as part of the standard equipment, the swivel-base machine vice had a jaw-open capacity of 7.5" (190 mm). Motor power 2 h.p.
Model 18S:
ram stroke 18" (458 mm) with 4 rates of feed that gave strokes of: 17, 27, 52 and 98 per minute. The table had a top surface of 16.75" x 12" (416 x 305 mm) with a longitudinal traverse of 20.75" (527 mm) and 4 rates of cross-feed that ranged, per cut, from 0.0104" to 0.0417" (0.26 to 1.06 mm).
Able to be swivelled through 90 each side of upright, the tool slide had 5" (127 mm) of travel and could take cutters up to 11/16" x 1
1/4" (17.5 mm x 32 mm). Fitted as part of the standard equipment, the swivel-base machine vice had a jaw-open capacity of 10.75" (273 mm). Motor power 3 h.p.
Model 24S:
ram stroke 24" (610 mm) with 6 rates of feed that gave strokes of:  6, 12, 20, 30, 46 and 73 per minute. The table had a top surface of 23" x 13" (584 x 330 mm) with a longitudinal traverse of 29.75" (756 mm) and 4 rates of cross-feed that ranged, per cut, from 0.0104" to 0.0417" (0.26 to 1.06 mm).
Able to be swivelled through 90 each side of upright, the tool slide had 5" (127 mm) of travel and could take cutters up to 1" x 1.75" (25 mm x 44 mm). Fitted as part of the standard equipment, the swivel-base machine vice had a jaw-open capacity of 13" (330 mm). Motor power 4 h.p.


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Shapers: Alba & Elliott

A Manual & Parts List is available for the 10M shaper and the larger
Alba/Elliott types including the 14", 18" and 24" S-Types

Unusual uses for a shaper:
Experiment to determine extent of Hydrogen
embrittlement in a weld  by Dr. Richard Smith