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    Hi everyone

    Iam thinking of buying a planer/molder for my shop does anyone have ideas on what the best one to buy, I want one thats easy to setup and have the least problems..also the price range of under $350 Any help would be usefull.

    thank you

    Bob

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    Re: whats the best planer/molder

    Is there even such a thing as a planer/molder under $350 ??

    You'd be hard pressed to find a planer for that price.

    One that works anyway.

    Do you have an example of a planer/molder for < $400 ?

    Used might be your best bet. Try placing an ad in the Wanted section
    of your local paper.
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    • #3
      Re: whats the best planer/molder

      Thats a good Idea will try that and see what happens..Thanks

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        Re: whats the best planer/molder

        a used Belsaw. or Wood master http://www.woodmastertools.com/S/planers.cfm the Wood master is still being manufactured, I think grizzly makes one as well, but to get your price range used is the only way I would know is used, and I think woodmaster can supply knives for the Belsaw as well,

        there is still a "Bellsaw" company that one can buy some basic replacement parts, rollers and knives, http://www.belsaw.com/

        sears sold the Belsaw models at one time, but I think the knife system is diffrnet on the woodmaster and the belsaw or Belsaw/foley units,

        one thing one needs to remember is the molding knives can easly run up in the hundreds for these machines,

        the Fox and Williams & Hussey are nice as well but more of a molding machine than a planer, sold throught grizzly, the fox is.


        the Belsaw and I am guessing the wood master, can use a special one knife system to save some expense on the molding knives, they use counter balance with knife,

        I have a Belsaw and it is a good machine for what, it is, it is a pain to change back and forth from planer and to molder and back again, jsut like any multi purpose tool but it does a good job in both areas, and one can set up multiple knives if wanted, like back relief and the face, or if there is multiple moldings wanted to be ran on a once,

        I would like to have either a fox or a williams and hussey and have a dedicated machine so one does not have to take out the planer blades and have to reset them when wanting to run a short molding run,
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          Re: whats the best planer/molder

          there is also a company that was RBI, http://www.hawkwoodworkingtools.com/
          there panel master machine is a neat one, basically a horizontal shaper, you can make a panel door in jsut a few mins, with it, there molder planer uses a special indexing backed cutters or planer knives, that make changing it out a much easier process,

          all of the planer molders I have talked about are basically a Bellsaw copy and all work the same,

          The fox and Williams and Hussey are diffrnet, tho, but I would not call it a planer, even tho it can plane a narrow strip of wood, with a straight molding cutter,
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            Re: whats the best planer/molder

            the other way is to use either a heavy duty router and make a very good router table, or step up to a shaper, Grizzly makes a intermediate shaper, http://www.grizzlyindustrial.com/pro...P-Shaper/G1035 for close to the moneys you say you want to spend, (or it was), it is probably the closest thing that one could do for making moldings and such, yes it would be hand feed or one would need a power feeder, which would cost nearly as much as the shaper, but grizzly sells molding heads for the shaper, ( would not sugest to go to there cheaper unit for moldings, http://www.grizzlyindustrial.com/pro...-Shaper/G0510Z I think you would want the extra horse power and the 3/4 inch spindle, option.

            I do wish I would have spend a little more and did the next step up on the shaper tho, larger table and so on, but I have the intermediate unit and it works well,

            If I had it to do all over again for a shop molder head I would probably try the fox or the Williams and Hussey, and just go for a dedicated planer, I do like the belsaw type tho it is a good unit for what it is either I need to find a second one or some day get one of the Williams and Hussey type or get a 24" planer, and use the Belsaw for molding only,
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            • #7
              Re: whats the best planer/molder

              Woodsman, If a planer/jointer would work for ,then here is a link to the one I have http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00921788000P, Also, here is the woodmaster that I have model 718 which the cost is pretty high, http://www.woodmastertools.com/s/planers.cfm, but both these machines have done me well!

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              • #8
                Re: whats the best planer/molder

                I want to thank all of you for your input on my question on the planer/molder..I think I will keep looking for something used, I'm thinking that would be the better way to go..

                Bob

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