We are getting ready to buy a Woodmaster 725 planer/molder

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05-11-2011 05:00 AM

I found a woodmaster 725 that I will be looking at on Sunday with full intention on buying. Spoke to the fella who stated he wanted to go into a father/son molding business together but son was hurt and plans never worked out so he bought the 725 new and it has only seen very minimal use. The gentleman stated that the unit has a 7.5 hp motor, he has the accessory package with drum sander, 2 gang rip saw blades, planer knives, digital height read out and he purchased an extra shaft for ease of switching out knives. He is asking 2000.00 for the unit and includes the accessory kit in his asking price. He is firm as he states he is already greatly discounted. He stated he also has a molding knife package that he paid 500.00 for above everything else but wants that to go along with the unit at an additional “reasonable” cost. He did not specify how much though.

I am about 95% sure I will buy it on Sunday when I visit. He plans to hold it for me until then.

I plan to use it for custom molding on my kitchen jobs. Currently we have 3 kitchens on schedule and between those three kitchens I calculated about 800.00 in custom moldings that I will have to purchase for the jobs. We utilize crown molding, corner cabinet molding and moldings under side of upper cabinets. So I tend to dress up our cabinets with a lot of custom moldings because it really seems to “turn the lights on” with the cabinets.

I might also try some side deals and attempt to sell custom molding packages for whole houses, etc… I have even thought of getting a picture frame stile knife cut for the molder and cutting picture frame material and the slotting the edge to accept a panel and build “mitered’ raised panel doors which I think would be very very nice. So I am excited.

And so we sold our 15” Jet tonight for 400.00. So now I am going to be in great need for this planer anyway.

One other question though, just tonight I found another Woodmaster on our CL, it is a 718 with a 5 hp motor and the accessory package. But this one is owned by a contractor who is retiring and so I am sure it has seen some use. This fella wants 1500.00 for his planer/molder but stated that he is very motivated to sell and just wants it to go somewhere where it will get some good use.

I would also plan to purchase the helica head for the planing task down the road a few months which I am sure would be an awesome addition for this unit.

Questions I have:

I wonder if I could get the 718 machine for 1000.00 if that would suite me just fine with the 5 hp. That would mean I am only out 600.00 after the sale of our Jet.

Also, as I am mostly leaning towards the 725 with 7.5 hp motor, I am tempted to also sell our 3 hp 26” Steel City dual drum sander. Would I miss that sander or would the 725 provide for my sanding needs fine. At this time we plane our panels then sand them at the sander, system works great. With the 725 we would be doing the same thing but we would then spend 10 minutes in between the two steps while switching out planer knives to sanding drum. I currently listed the Steel City on CL for 1200.00 as it is in excellent condition and has the hook and loop upgrade. If we sell the drum sander then it will help off set a lot of the cost for the 725.

I also intend to use the 725 as a gang rip saw for stiles and rails material and also for face frame and other molding materials. Will switching from one accessory tool to the other begin to become a pain or will it be a relatively painless process.

So ideally I would like to use the 725 for all of my sanding, gang ripping, planing and molding needs. Is this realistic?

I personally would think the woodmaster with a 7.5 hp motor would outperform anything we currently have.

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#1 posted 05-11-2011 06:04 AM

I think you have already sold yourself on the 7.5 machine. I would rather go with the bigger machine that has not seen a lot of use either and it would be practically a brand new machine. Good luck whichever way you decide to go.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 05-11-2011 06:23 AM

Einstien said ’ I remain committed but not yet convinced”

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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