Which Woodmaster model should I go with?

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Forum topic by bobbywfarmer posted 06-19-2012 06:36 PM 1682 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-19-2012 06:36 PM

I’m needing a little help deciding which woodmaster to get. I’m definitely wanting to add one to the shop. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the different models. I’m looking into the 712, 718, or 725 molder/planer/gangrip/sanders.

I have space available for any and would like to be able to get the fastest return for the money invested.

I could get the smallest one and upgrade as my profit margins grow. However, I don’t want to be stuck with them if I end up getting too many orders for what my shop can handle. Currently, it’s just me and one other person. But I’m more than will to hire help if needed. Even if I end up needing the bigger ones in the future, I might just cut to the chase and start out that way.

Any thoughts?

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#1 posted 06-30-2012 01:02 PM

What are you planning to do with it? If you are primarily going to use it as a molding machine you might be able to get by with the 12”, but I wouldn’t because it’s nice to have the additional capacity. If you will primarily use it as a planer, then I would go with at least the 18”. If it will primarily be used as a drum sander I would suggest getting a dedicated drum or wild belt sander instead. If you have the space, money and power, then by all means supersize it!

They sell more 18” than the other sizes. I have the 18 and I love it. I use it mainly as a planer, and I got the spiral cutterhead as well, but the standard cutterhead works great too. The little bit of molding that I have done has turned out great, as this machine is optimized for molding more than anything else.

I think Woodmaster is the best kept secret in the woodworking world. They are well known for the molding capabilities but I feel that the planer is a great bargain, and for occasional use the drum sander is a nice option as well. Plus it is American made which make it unique in its class.

No, I have no affiliation with the company. Just a fan.

If you want to read more about my experience with the 718 I published a looooong review here:

Part 1

Part 2

Let us know what you end up doing.

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#2 posted 06-30-2012 01:38 PM

+1 on the 718 … I got mine back in about 1992 and it has been great. I’ve read articles stating that the 725’s design is a bit different, and owners don’t seem to like them nearly as well … I’d stick with the 712/718 series. If you outgrow it’s capabilities for molding, you might want to supplement it with a Williams & Hussey machine later on.

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#3 posted 06-30-2012 02:59 PM

What are you going to use the machine to make?

You probably don’t need more than 12” to do mouldings
with it, even curved ones. How often do you need to
plane boards wider than 12?

DO you really want a machine that turns from a planer
to drum sander? If you’re in business to make money
that might not be the best decision.

Woodmaster makes a good product and if I were buying
one new I would probably get the 18”

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