Here are the TOUGHEST QUESTIONS our customers ask! …and our down-to-earth answers.
“Why should I own a Molder/Planer?”
“What are the advantages of a MULTI-DUTY Molder/Planer?”
“You call the Woodmaster ‘The 4-in-1 Money Maker.’ Why?
“Some operations of a multi-function machine can work better than others. How well does each of your four machine functions work?”
“But isn’t the Woodmaster better suited to some things than others?”
“Why not buy a one-function planer, for example, if all I’ll be doing is planing?”
“From a dollars and cents standpoint, I’ve seen machines in woodworking catalogs — planers, molders, and drum sanders — for less money. What’s their story?”
“There are a lot of 13-in. and 20-in. Taiwanese planers on the market. Can these do what a Woodmaster can?”
“There are also several foreign-made planer/molders out there. What about them?”
“So many things are imported from China these days. How has Woodmaster resisted the temptation to stop manufacturing in the USA and start building in China?”
“How do you remain cost-competitive while manufacturing in the USA?”
“Can I earn some real money with a Woodmaster?”
“Where’s the biggest earning potential with a Woodmaster?”
“Why is making molding so profitable?”
“How do I get into the molding business?”
“Am I going to outgrow a Woodmaster as my business or my involvement in woodworking grow?”
“Do I have to be in business to justify a Woodmaster?”
“It all sounds great but what’s a Woodmaster really like to operate?”
“One more thing. I’m not going to regret buying a Woodmaster, am I?”
Q: “Why should I own a Molder/Planer?”
A: There are several immediate advantages to owning a planer:
1. Set up as a MOLDER, you can create high quality, high dollar molding. Many Woodmaster owners have built profitable businesses making molding.
2. Set up as a PLANER, you can increase the quality and variety of your projects. You can quickly dimension stock without depending on anyone else.
3. You can substantially reduce lumber costs by purchasing rough-cut stock direct from local sawmills. (As a Woodmaster owner, you'll have exclusive access to our Sawmill Registry to help you locate mills nearest you). This is one reason people say that a Molder/Planer with enough muscle to handle rough-cut stock easily pays for itself.
A: With a multi-duty machine, you can create trim molding, picture frame stock, custom designs, log cabin siding, antique molding and much more...either for yourself or on a commercial basis. And with a variable feed rate machine, you can produce smoother, higher-quality molding than any you can buy at the lumberyard...and at a fraction of the price! Plus, because the Woodmaster quickly converts to a power-feed drum sander, you can use it to save hours of tedious hand sanding. And set up as a gang rip saw, you’ll produce multiple, identical blanks in minutes.
A The Woodmaster is 4 machines in 1. It converts easily to a Molder, Planer, Drum Sander, and Gang Rip Saw. Each of the four machine functions can save you time and work — and that means money in your pocket. And when you put all four functions in one machine, you’ve got yourself a real moneymaker.
A: Some combination machines try to be “Swiss Army Knives,” trying to do too many, entirely different functions. They may change from table saw to a horizontal lathe to a vertical drill press and so on. Too many different functions: that’s where performance gets compromised. All the Woodmaster’s four functions operate identically: your work piece passes from infeed to outfeed, past a horizontally-rotating head, under variable speed feed rollers. The big difference in function is the head. Each of the four heads performs a different task: molding, planing, sanding, or sawing. So there’s no compromise in performance with any function.
A Our owners tell us they use their Woodmasters most frequently and regularly as planers and molders. We suspect there are several reasons why, most of them tied to earning power: Rough-cut lumber is less expensive than already-planed stock so the woodworker who can “plane-his-own” has more opportunity to add value. More advanced woodworkers want and need the ability to precisely dimension lumber so their work can command top dollar. Our owners who make molding tell us it’s like printing money: they get top dollar and sometimes have trouble keeping up with the demand.
A: Perhaps you didn’t realize you can get the Woodmaster as a “Planer Only” machine. We sell many of them that way. But far more frequently, a customer orders a “Planer Plus Pro Pack.” The Pro Pack is a bundle of accessories that add convenience and capacity, allowing your Woodmaster to sand, saw, and make molding. A few dollars more gets you a LOT more capability.
A: The low-cost machines in catalogs are imported from China and Taiwan. They’re inexpensive because they have smaller capacities, a lot less power, and are built to different quality standards than the Woodmaster. Plus, you really can’t compare one-function imported machines to the 4-in-1, USA-made Woodmaster — they’re in different quality, function, and price categories altogether. Plus, Built-in-USA means if you do have a problem, we’ve got knowledgeable technicians to help … and parts on the shelf. When you call Woodmaster, a human being answers the phone and gets you the help you need.
A: Simple answer: no, they can’t. That's because most of these machines are powered with a 2HP or 3HP motor. And because they don't have a separate power source for the feed, up to one-third of the cutterhead motor's power is "robbed" to drive the feed rollers.
Let’s take the planing function as an example. Taiwanese planers can rarely take more than a 1/16" full width cut. However, variances in rough-cut stock commonly run as high as 1/8" on up to 3/16"...and these variance are often random along the board's length and width.
So unless you're willing to painstakingly measure the thickness of the board along its length and width, there's a good chance a Taiwanese planer will come to a smoking halt somewhere in mid-pass. That's hard on the planer, hard on your board and hard on your pocketbook.
Woodmaster's exclusive two-motor system uses a separate, variable-speed gear motor to handle the board feed. That means 100% of the 5HP (or 7.5HP) motor's power goes to the cutterhead...right where it counts! Woodmaster's variable feed rate means you can adjust feed to exactly fit the wood you're planing, producing a satin-smooth finish impossible on other, fixed feed rate planers.
A: Other than Woodmaster, the most widely known combination Molder/Planer is the Grizzly® 13". We’ve studied this machine closely and have found 9 points of concern.
1. This tool uses only a 1-1/2HP motor, and a good percentage of its power goes to the feed-works, not to the molding knives. This is why maximum cutting depth for molding is limited to ¾", vs. Woodmaster's 1-1/8" maximum depth.
2. The feed system is single speed, not variable. This is why they recommend making more than one pass for an acceptable finish.
3. Choice of knives is limited to 41 patterns vs. over 500 patterns from Woodmaster. Also, they do not offer custom knives and the majority of the patterns they offer are not standard American lumberyard trim patterns (as set forth by the Wood Moulding and Millwork Producers Association.)
4. Grizzly® knives are castings made from powdered metal. Woodmaster knives are precision-ground from M-2, high-speed steel.
5. Imported machines lack the capacity to gang-rip blank stock for molding. That means you must gang-rip the stock on a table-saw first, then take it across your shop to your molder, stack it and get started again. With the Woodmaster, gang-rip and molding features can be done with a single set-up in a single location.
6. Imported machines do not have a drum-sander feature. This means you must burn valuable cash and shop space to buy a second machine for sanding, or spend hours hand-sanding.
7. Machines like the 13" Grizzly® can only plane 3/32" per pass. That means they're not practical for use on money-saving rough-cut stock.
8. Woodmaster's strong reputation and solid, 5-year warranty mean that your Woodmaster will retain its high performance capacity and remarkable resale value far longer than any Taiwan bargain tool.
9. One thing is certain: you cannot build an efficient business based on a Taiwan molder. And if you're building a new home or restoring an old one, you'll want the quality, wide pattern selection and ease of operation a Woodmaster gives you. And when your job's complete, chance are you can sell your Woodmaster for nearly what you paid for it! In the long run, you're money ahead with Woodmaster.
A: We haven’t been tempted to build overseas. It seems to us that, in today’s world, now is no time to put profits ahead of keeping jobs in America. Just like your Chevy or Ford, some of our components are manufactured elsewhere, like in Germany and Scandinavia. But the vast majority of our parts and components are from the USA. And EVERY Woodmaster is built and assembled right here in Kansas City.
A: We are highly cost competitive for several reasons. First, you buy your Woodmaster factory-direct with no middlemen and no markups. Second, we sell more machines than any other manufacturer in our industry so we can purchase materials in volume for big savings. Third, our overhead is low: our factory is 85 feet BELOW Kansas City, Missouri in commercialized caves. And fourth, we’re not looking to make a killing, just to make a decent living wage. That said, like most manufacturers these days we do source some components overseas. For instance, our sandpaper comes from Scandinavia and the carbide inserts on our spiral planer head come from Germany.
A: Yes, you can. Hundreds and hundreds of our owners have developed lucrative part-time incomes and impressive full-time salaries in Woodmaster-based businesses of their own. We supply the mechanical advantage; you supply the willingness to work, ambition, imagination,
A: The answer depends on you. If you’re a highly skilled craftsman, you could earn the most making fine furniture, cabinetry, or room interiors. If you’re more of a production woodworker, you’ll find the Woodmaster’s speed, precision, and repeatability boost your earning power. But if you’re looking for a single product that can make you a lot of money, the answer is simple: molding.
A: Molding is profitable because you buy low and sell high: you purchase raw materials inexpensively and sell your end product at a high price. In between, you’ve added value — that’s where the profit is. You can easily turn a $5, rough-cut board into $75 worth of molding and trim. That’s a 1,500% return on your investment! Of all the kinds of moldings you can make with a Woodmaster, the most profitable by far is CURVED molding. Want to know more about making curved molding? Call and we’ll send you our FREE Curved Molding DVD.
A: In a nutshell: make top quality molding and the markets will find you: contractors, cabinetmakers, home remodelers, picture framers…even lumberyards. For a complete answer and “how to” details on starting your own molding business, call and ask for our FREE booklet, “How to Start and Operate Your Own High Profit Molding Business.”
A: No, because your Woodmaster can grow right along with your woodworking operation. We stock several attachments you can add now or later: our Power Platform lets you shape multiple sides per pass; our Spiral Cutterhead gives you super-fine finishes fast; our 2-Knife Molding Head can make perfect molding twice as fast. (Another way to keep up with orders is to add another Woodmaster later — many of our owners have.)
A: No. Quite a few Woodmaster Owners are home or “hobby” woodworkers. These folks aren’t trying to make a living; they’re in it for fun. They’re interested in increasing the quality of their work, making more ambitious projects, or being able to build something totally from start to finish. Of course, once their quality and speed improve, a funny thing happens: more than one “hobby” woodworker has found his pleasant pastime becoming a very lucrative weekend, evening, or retirement venture once his friends, neighbors, and relatives begin asking him to make them everything from knick-knacks to furniture.
A: The best way to find out what it’s really like to operate a Woodmaster is to talk with an Owner. We have extensive lists of Owners who’ve agreed to “tell it like it is” to would-be customers. Give us a call and we’ll pass along the name of an Owner or two near you.
A: If you don’t “love” your Woodmaster, we don’t want you to own it! That’s why EVERY Woodmaster comes with a 60-Day RISK FREE Trial Offer. Use it in your shop for two full months. If you’re not completely satisfied within that time, you can send it back and we’ll refund your money, no questions asked. What’s more, every Woodmaster comes with a 5-Year Limited Warranty covering parts and workmanship. That’s the longest and strongest warranty in the industry!