PRODUCT REVIEW by the Woodworkers Guild of America
The Woodmaster Molder/Planer is the frequent subject of product reviews in leading woodworking magazines, websites, and forums. The most recent Woodmaster review is by the Woodworkers Guild of America — read it in two installments on the Guild’s website.
Review of delivery, setup, and planing
Paul writes, “My lunchbox planer had served me pretty well over the years, but recently I came the conclusion that I needed more performance and capacity in a planer. This led me to research all the usual suspects. I went back and forth between 15” and 20” models, and the various offerings in these categories were strikingly similar to one another. Then I stumbled upon the multi-function machine from Woodmaster Tools, and several things jumped out at me that separated Woodmaster from the pack:
• The machines are manufactured in the US, which is almost unheard of in small shop woodworking tools these days.
• The clever design allows the 718 to also serve as a drum sander, molder and gang rip saw (I have always wanted a drum sander but have never been able to dedicate the space in my small shop).
• Every time I called Woodmaster, I talked to a person who could answer all of my questions without having to look anything up. A couple of the folks I spoke with actually own and use the same machine as the one I was inquiring about. That is the benefit of dealing with a small company that sells only two primary items; combination machines such as the 718 and dedicated drum sanders.”
Paul leaves no stone unturned and gives a very knowledgeable, detailed and objective report on Woodmaster features including our 5HP USA-made cutterhead motor; variable feed rate; Morse tapered shaft; pivoting bearings; chain-drive bed height adjustment; heavy cast iron bed; steel hood; feed rollers; our Spiral Cutterhead; and more.
4-in-1 Money Maker
The Guild’s first Woodmaster article also discusses how and why the Woodmaster is a 4-in-1 money maker that converts easily from molder to planer, sander, or saw. The article includes a 6-minute videothat demonstrates speedy tool changes.
Review of molding, sanding, and gang ripsawing
In Part 2, Paul tries and reports on the Woodmaster’s other three functions: molding, sanding, and ripsawing. After testing our drum sander head, he wrote, “I think it is brilliant to offer this as an add-on to a planer and I am surprised that other tool manufacturers don’t do so. My shop is modest in size, and I had not been willing to give up the floor space for a dedicated drum sander, so having it share the footprint of my planer is a huge bonus.”
Paul’s review of the Woodmaster set up as a molder? “It is, perhaps, the molding capability that separates this machine more than anything else. The power, precision, and weight of the 718 make it an ideal platform for milling anything from a chair rail to log siding and anything in between. With over 600 stock profiles and a custom molding knife service, the possibilities are virtually endless. It seems that many people purchase this machine primarily for the purpose of running a molding business, and the testimonials of these customers are impressive.”
Ripping performance gets a big thumbs up, too. “For prepping stock for large molding runs, the gang rip saw capability is a neat option. It allows for safe, quick ripping of multiple strips in a single pass, which delivers better quality and consistency compared to performing this function on a table saw. I found that I could feed stock through at full speed (16 feet per minute) and the machine powered through the cuts. It was the quietest, safest ripping I have ever done. No burn marks or chatter on hard maple.”
Thanks, Woodworkers Guild of America, for checking out our machines!
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