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Posted on Trying 2 decide between a Woodmaster and a Hawk Woodworking (RBI) Planer/Molder/Sander/Rip Saw....

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#1 posted 03-15-2008 03:26 PM

I’ve got a Woodmaster 712 and I’m very happy with its performance. I only use one knife setup and with the variable speed feed you can run it as slow as needed to get machine mark free moldings.
What I like the most about my Woodmaster is the gang saw option. You can run your stock lumber through the gang saw and every piece is exactly the same width. Just try to do that with a 16 foot long board and a table saw!
As for getting molding knives the turnaround is about 4 days from when the order is placed and when you are putting the knife in your machine. They have a good selection of ready made knives, and will grind one exactly to your specifications.

The planer does a very good job and will hog off a lot of material in one pass, but you do need a good dust collector to take care of the wood chips or it will plug up.
I could go on, but people would think that I might have stock in the company. (I don’t.)

-- Jim

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