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John

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613 days ago

I’m thinking about a woodmaster planer/molder. I’ve read all the info on the website but I’m still on the fence. It all sounds too good to be true. I would like some feedback from current or former owners both good and bad.
I do custom cabinets, custom furniture (do make my own molding with a RT), almost anything custom I can come across if it’s interesting.

-- John, Long Island, NY


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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 612 days ago

Woodmaster, RBI, Belsaw, Craftsman, even some Powermatic planer/molders are SO similar, often being made by the same shop so that many parts are even interchangeable. They all tend to be pretty solid little machines and can produce steadily for a long time if take care of, like any tool. Good used ones are available here and there and are sometimes a terrific value. The thing to watch for primarily is the motor and electric controls. Be sure the one you are getting has a quality motor, 3 HP minimum. 5 HP is overkill as far as I’m concerned, but I’ve never “stacked” the operations of ripping, shaping, and planing in one pass. Most of these now have variable speed control on the feed rollers, so you want good electrical stuff there too. Check out the other “brands” and look for good used ones too.
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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Loren

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#2 posted 612 days ago

I wouldn’t buy one new, personally. Plenty of used ones
on the second hand market though and they are well
made.

I use a Belsaw as my planer and have a Woodmaster set
up with a sanding drum. The Woodmaster’s variable
speed feed motor would be good for moulding jobs.
The Belsaw delivers a lot of cuts per inch though in
the standard setup. It’s not a real fast planer but it
can hog off a lot of material and deliver a good finished
board too.

The idea that you’ll be rolling in dough from all the
value added moulding you’ll make and sell out of
junk wood is a bit incredible. They kind of make
like you can just buy the machine and hang out
a shingle and everyone in town will want to buy
mouldings from you.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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John

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#3 posted 612 days ago

Thank you both for your feedback. The machine I have in mind is used, appears light use, with attachments. I need to go back there again as everything in the shop is scattered around. When I first saw the machine I didn’t make my interest in it known but upon further thought realized it might be wise to try and get it. The owner passed away and the wife has to get rid of everything. I told her I would help her sell everything. She has no idea what is out there and I don’t want to see her loose out as she is a good friend of my wife. Eventually the other equipment will probably be posted on the forum. Thanks again guys – your feedback was very helpful.

-- John, Long Island, NY

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John

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#4 posted 612 days ago

How many people play the accordion? From the photos on both of your home pages, it seems you both do – and I did about 50- something years ago. Just an interesting observation.

-- John, Long Island, NY

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Dan Krager

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#5 posted 612 days ago

We won’t hijack this thread, but it’s a very long story, longer than your 50 years of “neglect”! :) PM me.
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 612 days ago

I’ve heard good things about woodmaster planers but have never owned one.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Gshepherd

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#7 posted 612 days ago

John,

I own 3 moulders. Woodmaster 725, W&H and Kentwood 609x.

The Woodmaster I have yet made moulding out of. I have knives for it and the 2 knife cutter head.

W&H (Williams and Hussey) I have done moulding as well as curved mouldings. Excellent well made machine

The above 2 machines will do some nice moulding, but your stock has to be straight, same thickness, width. Unless your using the woodmaster option of routers on the end you can only mould 1 side per time. For the Hobby small shop who does not need a lot of mouldings they are great machines. There are a very very very few who live up to the hipe as stated on the woodmaster site. My preference between the 2 is the w&h machine. it will plane 7 inches wide and changing knives is very quick. Doing curved moulding on it is fairly simple with the epp jig they sell. Knives for any moulder can be expensive and soon you could have more money in knives than it cost to purchase the machine.

I use my Woodmaster 725 for just planing, it has the spirial head on it and has been an exellent planer when I needed one. Both are USA made and are good machines. 2 head cutters are the best way to go vs the single knife heads.

I grind moulding knives for all of these machines.

The Kentwood moulder is a production moulder and 2 top and 2 bottom heads along with one on each side. You can see why I use this more than any other.

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