Satisfied Owners Tell the Woodmaster Story Best
Since 1980, over 125,000 American woodworkers have put their trust in Woodmaster. Read their full story’s on our new and improved Woodmaster Blog! Here’s what some of them have to say…
Why did I choose the Woodmaster? It’s big, heavy duty, fast and easy to set up.
I have two 25” 725 Woodmasters, both set up as molding machines because I make a lot of door and window trim, baseboard, and more. My 18” 718 Woodmaster is set up as a planer.
I don’t know any company that’s making a better machine. It’s very heavy duty and mine have lasted a long, long time. In 20 years of use, I’ve put literally miles and miles of hardwood through them.
Dale Hellewell, WA
John D. Arlitt
“I bought my Woodmaster to make patterns, cabinetry, and furniture. I was skeptical at first, but the results are excellent. In a world of Toyotas, this is a Cadillac!”
Albert L. Semole
“This is a beautiful and well-made piece of equipment.”
I love making Curved Moldings!
“I love making Curved Moldings!”
Craftsman Jake Gavorgian uses his Woodmaster to make one of the highest-value products on the market today: curved molding. A large piece of curved molding can literally pay for the entire machine. In a recent email Jake said, “It’s absolutely my pleasure to work on curved moldings using the Woodmaster molder planer!”
Fred Brunie, OH
“SAVES ME MONEY”
“You’re absolutely right about the Woodmaster making finished lumber cheaper than you can buy it. I buy unplane oak for $1.25 – $1.50 a board foot. I have a Woodmaster and I just love it.”
“I now have three Woodmasters, no problems.”
Rick Reese, WA
I’ve dabbled in woodworking for years but I got real serious a few years ago and I decided to build a lodge style timber frame home. It’s pretty rustic with a lot of natural wood and stone. All the trim is knotty alder, all stain grade. You can’t go down to Home Depot and buy the type of building material I’m making with my Woodmasters.
I bought your biggest machines, your 25” Woodmaster 725 Molder/Planer and your Woodmaster 5075 Drum Sander. Your sander saves so much time! I run whole doors through it. I had an orbital sander and a hand-held belt sander but your drum sander is so great because you just put wood through it and you’re done.
They’re built like tanks, like American equipment built in the 1940’s. They’re built really well.
Rick Reese, WA
“This is a very well engineered machine. The planer gives a very smooth finish.”
A while ago, I had a jointer I was selling. The guy who came to buy it looked at all my equipment and said, ‘If you had a Woodmaster, you could get rid of half the equipment in your shop. And you won’t need that router anymore.’ I said, ‘You mean this machine?’ and I pulled out a Woodmaster brochure I’d sent for months earlier. Turns out he was right. I got a Woodmaster and sold my router and router table.
I’ve got a real production operation in my shop. I buy rough-cut wood right from the mill. I plane boards from 1” thick down to 3/4” on my Woodmaster. Then I use Woodmaster’s Gang Rip Saw to cut the planed board into blanks of whatever width I want. Then I put the blanks through the Woodmaster set up as a molder. From there, it’s right to my chop saw to cut the 45-degree angles, and I put it all together. It’s perfect. It’s the best thing I ever invested in.
Before I bought my Woodmaster, I didn’t understand how useful it is, how good something like that could be. It makes all the work I do about 90% easier and makes the quality 100% better than what I was doing before.
Don Miller, Florida
Rough-cut boards are about $2 a board foot. I turn them into molding with my Woodmaster and charge $3 a board foot. Of course, molding’s sold by the lineal foot so I convert lineal feet back into board feet and add a dollar per board foot.
Business is very busy and I want to expand my shop. I got the Woodmaster first, then I bought the Pro Pack to go with it. Then I started making molding. I’m looking at a 2,400 sq. ft. shop space now. I want to get into curved molding because it’s exciting and interesting to make. And there’s good money in it. I expect it’ll double or triple my business.
I really like the Woodmaster. First, it’s American made. Second, there are no plastic parts — it’s all metal. Third, the Woodmaster holds up. They’re built to last and you just don’t find that any more.
David McPherson, CA
Robert & Francine Taylor
“We make salable lumber and molding. We love the Woodmaster!”
Gary Holtz, Peppermint Springs Furniture, Gays Mills, WI
“MOLDING KNIFE ORDERS ARE FAST”
“I’ve been very pleased with the quality of the machine and the prompt service with knife orders.”
J. Vetter, Vetter’s Custom Cabinets, Hamilton, MT
“CUTS OUR WORK IN HALF”
“We purchased the Woodmaster to make doors. It’s a great machine! It does our work in half the time. Thanks!”
John Wilker, Huntington Beach, CA
NO MORE LUMBERYARDS: HE PLANES HIS OWN
“I used to depend entirely on buying planed, finished, surfaced hardwood; whatever the lumberyard had. With my Woodmaster, I can machine wood up to 18” wide down to the thickness I need. I make my own moldings — it’s actually opened up a level of workmanship that I couldn’t achieve before.”
The big selling point to me was the Woodmaster’s width. A lot of small shops have 12” planers. If you’re making furniture, that’s OK but what we’re offering is wide boards including two-foot wide slabs and more. People use the bigger slabs to make bar and countertops and I can plane them smooth a lot easier than customers can sand them.
That’s just one example of how Woodmaster adds value. Some people want wood right off our sawmill. Others have us plane it for them – one side or both sides. We can plane it, rip it, turn it into molding without the wood leaving our shop. This lets us sell into many niche markets very easily.
Our customers are furniture makers, lathe turners, craftsmen, do-it-yourselfers, builders, contractors, and more. There’s a lot to learn in this business but if you roll all the niche markets together, you’ve created a very successful business.
Bob Manaugh, Indiana
“The Woodmaster is excellent, well built, heavy duty, handles hard oak with ease.”
Walt Zimmerman, Shelbyville, TN
“IT’S A GIANT”
“I purchased a Woodmaster—it’s a giant 25” workhorse with variable feed rate which is wonderful. I’d recommend this machine to anyone. It is a rugged piece of equipment that’s built to last. I’m building a two-bedroom apartment and putting in variable size 3/4” walnut, cherry, and poplar on the interior walls, with poplar on the exterior walls. I’m very well pleased with this wonderful planer.”
Doug Smith, Rustic Innovations, Delaware, OH
“PAID FOR ITSELF IN 2 MONTHS”
“My Woodmaster paid for itself and then some in under two months! Once you’re familiar with it, the possibilities seem limited only by one’s imagination. I’m expanding my business from just furnishings and accessories to include moldings and custom millwork. I wouldn’t be taking this big jump if I wasn’t backed by professionals who know their product and offer quick and courteous service.”
Using my Woodmaster Molder/Planer, I make a lot of picture frames, blanket boxes, jewelry boxes, chess sets, and more. We built our own house in 2000 and I made a lot of molding for it.
Having a 25” wide molder/planer is a big advantage. I’ve got a 14” imported planer and it doesn’t come anywhere near doing what the Woodmaster does.
If somebody’s thinking about getting a Woodmaster, I’d say go for it. Don’t have second thoughts. It’s made in America, it does the job it’s supposed to, just like Woodmaster says it will. It’s easy to set up and easy to operate.
Abe Taylor, TN
Woodmaster’s an excellent product, I’m very happy with it. I’ve used it about six years now and it’s got the original motor and still has the original rollers. I put about 30,000 – 40,000 board feet through it every year and I’ve only replaced a couple belts.
The Woodmaster adds great value. To sell slabs like I’m selling, you’ve got to have a perfect, flat, planed surface to let people see the grain. That’s what adds value. Nobody wants to buy un-planed slabs for furniture-making.
Woodmaster’s not a huge amount of money to put down. A lot of machines are $20,000 and $30,000. This is a machine that’s very affordable. Grizzly’s got a 25” planer for $10,000. Woodmaster’s is around $2,500 or so. I can literally buy four Woodmasters for the price of one Grizzly. I’d recommend Woodmaster any day over a Grizzly.
Jared Coldwell, OH
Melvin E. Hathaway, Colorado Springs, CO
“Since getting my Woodmaster Molder/Planer, I’ve made four roll top desks, a dining room set with four chairs, countless cabinets, hundreds of picture frames, over 1,200 feet of molding for all purposes, and planed some 3,000 feet of rough oak and walnut without one single problem. I have run it more than six hours a day with excellent results. I use it to rip the 1/4” slats for rolltops, to plane wood as thin as 1/2” or less, to cut molding in 15 patterns, and much more. Probably the biggest time-saver is sanding finished pieces up to 18” wide before final assembly. In short, I love the tool and would not think of doing woodwork without it! Good products like yours deserve to be known.”
Thomas C. Heikkinen, President, Chassell Carpentry & Woodwork, Inc., Chassell, MI
“DESERVES A PAT ON THE BACK”
“I am very pleased with your equipment. I’ve run thousands of board feet of lumber and have never had a problem. If all equipment was made as well as yours, our work in the field would be much easier. Your engineers and workers deserve a pat on the back.”
“The Woodmaster is outstanding gear — built as solid as America.”
Andrew Bishop, MT
Here in Montana, Russian Olive invades river bottoms. It’s a noxious tree that landowners are glad to get rid of. I hunt them down, fell them, skid-steer them out. I saw these trees into slabs then sand them on my 50” Woodmaster Drum Sander
I turn the slabs into one-of-a-kind, high end furniture. For example, my Russian Olive coffee tables sell for $800 to $1,200. My dining tables are $2,000 to $6,000. And I’m booked with commission work for eight months!
Woodmaster has the only 50” drum sander out there. I read about it online and saw good reviews. While I was searching for a wide belt, somebody mentioned Woodmaster and I got on the site. I read up and everything made sense — 50” with single phase power.
Andrew Bishop, MT
James Fote, Center Point TX
“My Woodmaster does everything they say it will. I got a great value for my dollar. It’s heavy duty and makes me more self-sufficient. It runs great — precise as a Swiss watch. I get square cuts and perfectly flat wood. Run 10 boards and they’re all exactly the same.”
Hugh J. Spires, Abbeville, SC
“4 MACHINES IN 1”
“I can’t say enough about the Woodmaster Molder/Planer I bought. It is a masterpiece. The Quick Change Head is the best I’ve ever seen or used. It’s just as your video promises: whether you’re making molding, sanding, gang ripping, or just planing, it does a high quality job. You can use my statement any time: it’s the truth told by a Woodmaster user.”
Tom & Dawn Collins, Collins Custom Arches, Wichita, KS
“I LOVE THE CUSTOMER SERVICE”
“Because of all the wonderful things we can do with the Woodmaster, we started our own roundtop casing business which is in great demand. The machine is wonderful, but we couldn’t do any of this without the help of your men. Contractors want everything yesterday so when I call in an order, it’s always a rush. Nobody at Woodmaster has ever complained or been anything but wonderful and super friendly. Thank you!”
Curtis A. Kreitner, O’Fallon, IL
“REDUCES MY DOWN TIME”
“I own the 18” Woodmaster: what a machine! It lets me earn extra income and reduce down time in my general contracting business. Business is fantastic on both ends, milling trim and building homes. I run a lot of hardwood flooring for my jobs. The gang rip saw is so impressive on the rips of oak planks. I just set the width of the flooring and let the machine do the work!”
Erin & Jeff
Compared to the 14” benchtop planer we’ve used, this is much more powerful and cuts cleaner. We use it a lot making countertops, trim, and custom work. We’ve really put it to the test and it’s just awesome.
We love the spiral cutter head! It cuts very smooth and clean. Depending on the wood you’re surfacing, it leaves it quite smooth. I take off 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch per pass and it’s fine. It’s smooth and quiet. I just ran two 14’ pieces of red oak and barely had to sand afterwards. I’ve put over 6,000 board feet through the machine in the last four years.
If you’re thinking about getting a Woodmaster, buy it! Don’t be afraid to invest in something like that for your business. But don’t buy something cheap — you’ll replace it 10 times. Buy quality and it’ll stand the test of time. Man-hours are a big deal in business and the Woodmaster is really a time saving machine. You sure don’t want to spend hours doing something with a poorly made machine.
Erin Bell & Jeff Helm, VT
Gordon T. Libaugh, Lincoln, MI
“TAKE IT FROM A MACHINIST…”
I looked at Makita®, Ryobi®, and Craftsman® but I bought a Woodmaster. It’s a flexible, multi-purpose machine.Take it from a machinist: Woodmaster is made with craftsmanship.”