I am going to be purchasing a bigger planer in the very near future and
was wondering what peoples thoughts were on this subject. The
Woodmaster and RBI sure look like nice universal tools that I would love
to have since I would like to be able to make my own 5 ¾" base, 3 ½"
casing and 8" plinth blocks but I am not sure how the finish is when
using the planer itself. I have seen some people complain about the
finish and others love it. My other choices are the Powermatic 15"
deluxe model or the 20" model. I am leaning more towards the 20" model
as it has 4 cutter heads and will probably provide a very nice finish
and can allow me to plane panels up to 20" wide. Any opinions out there
as to what you would purchase if you had $2K to spend on a planer?
spend on a planer?
Yep. Woodmaster 718, $1600 or so, plus shipping, gets you in the 2k range.
Woodmaster 718 with Pro-pak allows you to do those moldings, plus drum sand,
plus gang rip, for an extra $700.
I've been inquiring about the Woodmasters for a year or so, and as soon as I
find the space for one, I'm getting a 718. I don't see any other reasonable
i have a 718 with pro-pack, and it's a good machine. i have very few
complaints. it's simple... but extremely well built. plus, i find that
i use the drum sanding attachment as much as the planer. and it cuts
good luck with your purchase.
Jon Endres, PE wrote:
Since making my post, I found a Woodmaster 718 w/ pro pack in the local
classifieds for $1100. Six years old, has very little use, but was a bit
rusty. I bought it anyway. Guy had *everything* with it, including the
original invoice and an extra set of blades for the planer. No molding
knives, though (curiously).
Thanks Ron, I have been trying to find my post and somehow it managed
to show up under another Planer Purchase post. I guess since I gave
it the same name it put it under the existing. Woops! :)
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