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It's time to add a molder to the shop. Not for high production but for limited amounts of stock. Seems like I have a lot of historic restoration work coming from a long time client and it would just be easier to run my own trim vs trying to source 50' of this and 20' of that.

Plus making my own out of poplar beats the PFJP crap at the lumber yard.

So my research leads me to think a WoodMastet 718 is a good choice.

Anyone using one? Pros? Cons?
Other favorites?

Thanks
 

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Just picked up a used one a few months ago from a friend. Mine doesn't have any molding cutters and I was just planning on using it for an 18" planer for now.

The reviews I looked at were all very positive.
Haven't gotten it wired in yet.
 

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If running molding that has not been made in years...

AND

You have more molding to run...

...or that you want to run.

You can radius molding through it.

Gary Streigler endorses it.

IMHO:

If your gonna dive in, learn to cut your own knives.
 

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I've had the 18" moulder for about 8 years & have ran thousands of feet of moulding through it. Woodmaster is great about cutting custom knives & has a large selection of knives in their library. Very satisfied with the machine for moulding. It's fair for planing. The drum sander is a joke, don't waste your time trying to sand with it.
 

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I also have a 718, and never even ordered the free set of blades for moulding that Woodmaster owes me.....but I bet they still have it on file.

I will say I like dealing with companies that offer customer service like they do....that is worth a lot. I have been contemplating getting another bandmill and may go with them.
 

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Its a simple but well built machine. I have had mine for over 20 years at this point. I don't use it much these days but when working on my dads brownstone, we did a lot of work with it to reproduce oak moldings that were all custom profiles.

Can do curves with it if you take the time to make the right jig. Its a toss up, the Williams and Hussy machine is nice, but is limited to narrower profiles.

I don't think its the best planer, rubber feed rollers can slip and the max feed rate is kinda slow.
 

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pinwheel said:
Woodmaster is great about cutting custom knives & has a large selection of knives in their library. Very satisfied with the machine for moulding.
Can you send them a scaled PDF?

Or, how does that work?
 

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Can you send them a scaled PDF?

Or, how does that work?
Yes. I've scanned slivers of moulding & emailed it to them. I've mailed slivers of moulding I needed to match & sent it to them. I've drawn my own moulding details & sent it to them.
 
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