The Forestry Forum is sponsored in part by:

iDRY Vacuum Kilns


Forestry Forum
Sponsored by:


TimberKing Sawmills



Toll Free 1-800-582-0470

LogRite Tools



Norwood Industries Inc.




Your source for Portable Sawmills, Edgers, Resaws, Sharpeners, Setters, Bandsaw Blades and Sawmill Parts

EZ Boardwalk Sawmills. More Saw For Less Money!

STIHLDealers.com sponsored by Northeast STIHL


Woodland Sawmills

Peterson Swingmills

 KASCO SharpTech WoodMaxx Blades

Turbosawmill

Sawmill Exchange

Michigan Firewood, your BRUTE FORCE Authorized Dealer

FARMA


Baker Products

ECHO-Bearcat

iDRY Wood Lumber Vacuum Drying for everyon

Nyle Kiln Dry Systems




Author Topic: Your thoughts on a Woodmaster 718 Planer  (Read 8387 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Cypressstump

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 464
  • Age: 60
  • Location: Swamps of Maurepas Louisiana
  • Gender: Male
  • I'm not so new now!
    • Share Post
Your thoughts on a Woodmaster 718 Planer
« on: October 01, 2012, 09:27:53 AM »
I have seen one advertised locally, a 2001 model 718 with many extras for 1200 bucks,,kinda outta my range, but before I contact the guy, I figered I'd ask here about your opinions of this machine.

PS- it has the baldes, not spiral head

Thanks Stump
Stump

Timberking 1220 25hp w/extensions -hard mounted
Case 586E 6k forklift
2001 F350 4X4,Arctic Cat 500 4 wheeler wagon hauler
Makita 6401 34",4800 Echo 20"er, and a professional 18" Poulan PRO , gotta be a 'pro' cuz it says so rite there on tha' saw..

Offline sawmillhand

  • Full Member x2
  • ***
  • Posts: 211
  • Age: 37
  • Location: ENID MS
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Your thoughts on a Woodmaster 718 Planer
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2012, 09:31:15 AM »
i haven't had any dealing with those but you could check out you tube. i have heard that if you add the t&G accessory to it that it is hard to set up just right but once you set it up it works fine.
1990 woodmizer LT40 Hyd  2004 Ford F350 Flatbed. Plenty of tractors.

Offline pineywoods

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 5138
  • Age: 83
  • Location: Marion, Louisiana
  • Gender: Male
  • Engineering analysis-just sittin thinkin about it
    • Share Post
Re: Your thoughts on a Woodmaster 718 Planer
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2012, 10:16:16 AM »
Stump, I have one along with most of the accessories, I'm well pleased with it. Get the plastic bed overlay, it makes a world of difference. without it' it tends to eat up the rubber feed rollers. Have a friend (member slysam) who has 2, one set up for planing, the other with the 2 router heads for making molding. That setup works well, it just a little picky to get set up right. No experience with the spiral head, out of my price range  ;D
1995 Wood Mizer LT 40, Liquid cooled kawasaki,homebuilt hydraulics. Homebuilt solar dry kiln.  Woodmaster 718 planner, Kubota M4700 with homemade forks and winch, stihl  028, 029, Ms390
100k bd ft club.Charter member of The Grumpy old Men

Offline bedway

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1062
  • Location: northwest pa. south of erie
  • Gender: Male
  • I'm new!
    • Share Post
Re: Your thoughts on a Woodmaster 718 Planer
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2012, 11:50:17 AM »
ive had one for maybe 14 years, love it. Got it with all the acc. but have never used it for anything but planning. All the stuff ive never used still in boxes  ;D. If you keep the infeed and outfeed tables waxed you dont eat up feed rollers.

Offline Woodey

  • Full Member x2
  • ***
  • Posts: 181
  • Age: 55
  • Location: East Texas, Between Vidor and Evadale
  • Gender: Male
  • ><> Where does the time go.Another day just passed
    • Share Post
Re: Your thoughts on a Woodmaster 718 Planer
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2012, 09:36:37 PM »
I have a Woodmaster 718  Planer with a 5HP motor. It will plow though anything. Make sure you have a dust collector they put out a lot of chips with wide boards. With Extras $1200.00 is a good price.

If you can find a spiral cutter head I would strongly recommend going that way.

I purchased the 20" Grizzly with spiral head and last year and have not used my Woodmaster since.  It runs lot quieter and the carbide inserts stay sharp and last a long time. 
WOODMIZER LT40HDD34CAT w/accuset
JLG SKYTRAK 6036 Telescopic Forklift
NYLE L200 KILN
BAKER M412 MOULDER

Offline WDH

  • Forester
  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 29091
  • Age: 65
  • Location: Perry, GA
  • Gender: Male
  • April 1998 - August 2008
    • Share Post
    • hamsleyhardwood.com
Re: Your thoughts on a Woodmaster 718 Planer
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2012, 09:40:57 PM »
Once I got my spiral head planer, I no longer have any tear-out, and there are no blades to continuously sharpen.  The spiral head is like sliced bread.  It is beyond wonderful.  Nothing wrong with the Woodmaster, but after using the spiral head, I will never be sharpening planer blades again.
Woodmizer LT40HDD35, John Deere 2155, Kubota M5640SU, Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln, and a passion for all things with leafs, twigs, and bark.  hamsleyhardwood.com

Offline OneWithWood

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 5680
  • Age: 65
  • Location: Unionville, IN
  • Gender: Male
  • I am happy!
    • Share Post
Re: Your thoughts on a Woodmaster 718 Planer
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2012, 04:09:54 PM »
I put a spiral head on my 718 a couple of years ago.  Major difference in cut quality and like WDH said no sharpening worries.
The 718 has proven to be very durable.
One With Wood
LT40HDG25, Woodmizer DH4000 Kiln

Offline woodmills1

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 5184
  • Age: 68
  • Location: Hudson, NH
  • Gender: Male
  • the truth shall set you free
    • Share Post
Re: Your thoughts on a Woodmaster 718 Planer
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2012, 05:20:05 PM »
I have a 725, it has replaced my belsaw 12 inch

I like it, like a belsaw but simpler with separate feed moter

mine is 7.5 HP so no planing problems, once I hooked up dust collection

I sharpen my own knives so not going for spiral
James Mills,Lovely wife,collect old tools,vacuuming fool,36 bdft/hr,oak paper cutter,ebonic yooper rapper nauga seller, Blue Ox? its not fast, 2 cat family, LT70,edger, 375 bd ft/hr, we like Bob,free heat,no oil 12 years,big splitter, baked stuffed lobster, still cuttin the logs dere IAM

Offline DR_Buck

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 2897
  • Age: 67
  • Location: Farmville VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Nuff said.....
    • Share Post
    • Got Logs?
Re: Your thoughts on a Woodmaster 718 Planer
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2012, 05:51:54 PM »
I put a spiral head on my 718 a couple of years ago.  Major difference in cut quality and like WDH said no sharpening worries.
The 718 has proven to be very durable.

What he said!    I love mine.  I have the spiral cutter and extension tables.  I'm getting ready to cut my first oak baseboard molding.
Hidden Acres Farm
Been there, done that.   Never got caught

Wood-Mizer LT40 Super- Wide HDG38
Lucas Dedicated 60" Slabber

Offline Cypressstump

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 464
  • Age: 60
  • Location: Swamps of Maurepas Louisiana
  • Gender: Male
  • I'm not so new now!
    • Share Post
Re: Your thoughts on a Woodmaster 718 Planer
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2012, 09:50:52 AM »
Thanks for the great feedback guys !

I have inquired about it, hope to hear soon from the seller.

I have often read issues concerning the feed tables, many say to keep them super smooth. There were also some threads elsewhere on people not being able to keep the grooves out the the planed wood. The guys mentioned running a single belt, and hanging the 5hp motor on a hinge to where the motor provided tension for the belt.
Any of ya'll heard or done that?

Stump
Stump

Timberking 1220 25hp w/extensions -hard mounted
Case 586E 6k forklift
2001 F350 4X4,Arctic Cat 500 4 wheeler wagon hauler
Makita 6401 34",4800 Echo 20"er, and a professional 18" Poulan PRO , gotta be a 'pro' cuz it says so rite there on tha' saw..

Offline pineywoods

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 5138
  • Age: 83
  • Location: Marion, Louisiana
  • Gender: Male
  • Engineering analysis-just sittin thinkin about it
    • Share Post
Re: Your thoughts on a Woodmaster 718 Planer
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2012, 11:01:04 AM »
Stump, the grooves in the wood are from nicks in the knives, usually from trying to plane nails. Not something unique to woodmasters  ;D The belt tension is adjusted by shims under the motor mount plate. When you pull out all the shims and the belts are still loose, it's time to replace the belts. With the hinge on the motor mount, I think that 5 (or 7) hp motor has enough torque to climb up the belt, defeating the purpose of the hinge. The drum sander uses only 1 belt, but I don't think running the planer head with 1 belt would work too well, especially on wide boards. Nobody mentioned snipe and the woodmaster is capable of some nasty snipe if the infeed and outfeed tables aren't level with the planer bed..Keep the bed and infeed and outfeed tables clean and waxed, otherwise you will tear up feed rollers. Better yet, woodmaster sells a plastic overlay that covers all three, it's slickern snot.
1995 Wood Mizer LT 40, Liquid cooled kawasaki,homebuilt hydraulics. Homebuilt solar dry kiln.  Woodmaster 718 planner, Kubota M4700 with homemade forks and winch, stihl  028, 029, Ms390
100k bd ft club.Charter member of The Grumpy old Men

Offline sawwood

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 789
  • Age: 73
  • Location: Independence Mo
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Your thoughts on a Woodmaster 718 Planer
« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2012, 12:02:21 PM »

 Stump i have had my Woodmaster 18 for some time and had no trouble with it. I did buy the spiral head
 cuttter and it sure makes a lot of diifernts. There are some photos in my gallery that showes it and the
 out feed table i bought from them. I also use the sander a lot and the moulder some times.

 Sawwood
Norwood M4 manual mill, Solar Kiln, Woodmaster
18" planer/molder

Offline Kcwoodbutcher

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 573
  • Age: 66
  • Location: Grandview Mo
  • Gender: Male
  • Startin' to get the hang of it
    • Share Post
Re: Your thoughts on a Woodmaster 718 Planer
« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2012, 10:49:21 PM »
The variable speed drive on the woodmaster maxes out at 17 fpm. On all but the widest boards it can handle a faster speed, especially when skip planing. There's a little trick that can increase that a little without changing pulleys. PM me if you would like the info.
My job is to do everything nobody else felt like doing today

Offline Cypressstump

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 464
  • Age: 60
  • Location: Swamps of Maurepas Louisiana
  • Gender: Male
  • I'm not so new now!
    • Share Post
Re: Your thoughts on a Woodmaster 718 Planer
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2012, 10:22:30 AM »
Thanks all good feedback, I apreciate it. I am still waiting to hear back form the guy, he works offshore, should be in next week per his wifey.

Stump
Stump

Timberking 1220 25hp w/extensions -hard mounted
Case 586E 6k forklift
2001 F350 4X4,Arctic Cat 500 4 wheeler wagon hauler
Makita 6401 34",4800 Echo 20"er, and a professional 18" Poulan PRO , gotta be a 'pro' cuz it says so rite there on tha' saw..

Offline oakiemac

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1468
  • Location: south west Michigan
  • Gender: Male
  • God bless the U.S.A!
    • Share Post
    • Hickoryandoak
Re: Your thoughts on a Woodmaster 718 Planer
« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2012, 10:32:00 PM »
Well I hate to disagree with all the responses but I'll be the one vote against the woodmaster. I have an 718 and found that it does an ok job but when I upgraded to a 1961 Oliver 24" planer with a spiral head I wondered why I ever put up with the woodmaster for all those years. To be honest, I am not comparing apples to apples but the woodmaster is SLOOOOW. If you are only surfacing a few hunderd feet now and again the the wm is ok but if you have to do jobs where you surface 1000bf of oak or hickory then forget the wm. At the fastest feed rate the wm is about the slowest feed rate on my oliver. The difference in speed is huge and the solid cast iron bed won't bend like the wm.
So if you are doing a little planing then get the WM but if you are setting up shop to surface wood for others or to do mill work then get a better machine. Just my humble opionion. :)
Mobile Demension sawmill, Bobcat 873 loader, 3 dry kilns and a long "to do" list.


Share via delicious Share via digg Share via facebook Share via linkedin Share via pinterest Share via reddit Share via stumble Share via tumblr Share via twitter

xx
Thoughts on Woodmaster 725

Started by A-z farmer on General Woodworking

18 Replies
1304 Views
Last post February 14, 2019, 10:01:45 PM
by David Freed
xx
Woodmaster planer

Started by millwright on Drying and Processing

8 Replies
2957 Views
Last post March 06, 2012, 07:03:08 AM
by Handy Andy
xx
Woodmaster 4-1 Planer / moulder

Started by customdave on General Board

35 Replies
17917 Views
Last post January 25, 2009, 08:59:10 PM
by Slabs
xx
Questions about Woodmaster Planer

Started by woodman58 on Sawmills and Milling

2 Replies
730 Views
Last post March 14, 2013, 11:17:07 AM
by JSNH
 


Powered by EzPortal