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03-12-2011 08:29 AM

On our shaper we currently cut our; crown moldings, trim moldings for underside of upper cabinets along with other various small moldings, stemware racks, corner moldings for transition from face frames to finished panels on visible ends. We do a lot with custom moldings with our cabinets.

A 5 hp 18” woodmaster would get used a ton in our shop. I would also utiluze the rip saw attachment because i think that feature would make the stiles and rails rip cuts more consistent and also with the power feed the cuts would be easier for the operator. The 5 hp domestic work horse of a machine could be bought new for around 1800.00. I would only use the rip saw and molding features so i wpuld need to see how mich extra above 1800 they would charge for the rip saw attachment. Another interesting feature i would utilize is the ability to attach an outboard router. I would attach our 3 1/2 hp milwaukee router to the outboard for various cuts such as whenever a person wishes to set and make two separate cuts at one time. A person might wish to plane while adding a profile with outboard router, or might wish to do a top side mold cut while outboard rout cut a mortise or one might cut crown with mold knife while outboard router runs 3/4” 45 degree backcut.

And i do not feel paying 1300.00 for a 1.5 hp shopfox molder is worth it when for just a little extra you get a real machine through woodmaster.

At this time this is just a dream i am drueling over. Thinking about the woodmasters abilities makes me all hot and bothered and very anxious. Well i guess i just felt like dreaming with some my fellow lumber jocks.

And if there is any woodmaster reps reading this, i am looking for some kick back towards a new machine as payment for this free post infomercial i just wrote with my small evo keyboard. LOL :)

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#1 posted 03-12-2011 08:33 AM

I’ve had both ShopFox and Woodmaster moulders. Both are
adequately made. Neither will blow you away with the engineering
or fit and finish. This is not a bad thing, just a concession both
vendors make to keep prices down. Both brands can make a
quality cut.

Allegedly the WoodMaster can make T&G flooring but, marketing
hype from Woodmaster notwithstanding, from what I’ve read
it’s no competition to the Logosol or other 4-head machine.

I will say this – the Woodmaster is ridiculously overpowered in a
good way.

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#2 posted 03-12-2011 08:45 AM

Thanka for the info Loren. Do you think the additional capacity on the woodmaster with regards to features, power and useable width. I think about making a full depth cut on 4 5/8” crown on a 1.5 hp versus 5 hp. And could you tell me anything regarding the rip feature with the woodmaster. The woodmaster just seems like it would be a great asset for any shop. Also the ability to set up multiple common profiles is desireable. We build a heck of a cabinet, very very strong, but so does most other cabinet shops, so with us i look for different ways to make our cabinets stand above the rest.

EDIT: looking at your post Loren answers some of my above questions. But with regards to the rip feature, i have some employees who work for us, and at times, not too often, i think the straight edge may stray off the fence slightly which might cause as much of a 1/16” variation. This is simply just the human factor we work with. I just feel the rip saw fearure could help reduce what i call the “human factor”

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#3 posted 03-12-2011 06:53 PM

Well, I think it’s harder to make a profit turning out custom
moulding from junk lumber than the advertising implies. If you’re
finding your clients will pay you to mill up arched window frames
and stuff like that, the Woodmaster could be a real asset to
you.

I haven’t set up my Woodmaster for ripping. I don’t have that
accessory. I do have the a Belsaw with the ripping attachment.
I never used that either. I think it would work well for ripping
a fairly straight edge on a board.

Setting one of these machines up for ripping frame stock will take
you some time. If operator error is causing problems with frame
stock, I’d look at using a power feeder on the table saw instead –
seems faster to me.

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#4 posted 03-14-2011 02:37 AM

Thanks, i have considered the power feeder idea. To me to easier and the ability to minimize user error is great.

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#5 posted 03-14-2011 03:20 AM

Have you looked at the Mikron muolder? It will blow you away. A bit pricey but very good at making curved and straight moulding.

http://www.mikronmachinery.com/mm645.htm

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#6 posted 03-14-2011 03:59 AM

Wow, i think 7.5 hp is stronger then i need.

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