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SAVING TIME & BOOSTING PROFITS with Woodmaster — When you reduce production time, and improve quality, your profits go up.

Published on March 14, 2012

SAVING TIME & BOOSTING PROFITS with Woodmaster — When you reduce production time, and improve quality, your profits go up.

HALF A MILE of log cabin siding is a lot of siding! Walter made it by having his own trees sawn, then passing them through is Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

It’s a tough economy these days so it’s especially rewarding to hear from the many Woodmaster woodworkers who’re finding ways to slash production time while increasing quality of their work. Walter Ostrander, from Michigan, tells his story.

“I do woodworking for a living, everything from beds to picture frames. I recently ran about a half a mile of log cabin siding. I have a sawyer come in with his bandsaw mill and cuts boards from my trees. I put them in a solar kiln, plane them, and go from there. I take my wood from start to finish so it’s pure profit.

“The name of the game is TIME.”

When you run log cabin siding, you're removing as much as 40% of a board. That means your machine has to have guts - and plenty of it. Every Woodmaster comes with rugged USA-MADE motors to handle tough jobs like this...and delicate ones like making satin-smooth molding, too! Variable Feed Rate is the secret.

When you run log cabin siding, you’re removing as much as 40% of a board. That means your machine has to have guts – and plenty of it. Every Woodmaster comes with rugged USA-MADE motors to handle tough jobs like this…and delicate ones like making satin-smooth molding, too! Variable Feed Rate is the secret.

When you’re making log cabin siding, you’re really taking off a lot of wood in one pass. I get a lot more planed in less time.  I haven’t had any problems with it.  No downtime at all.  My capability is better; I can take more off a board with it.  Time is the name of the game for me, that’s what I’m saving, time.  I can take more of a cut off of a board and my Woodmaster makes it fast and easy.

It has two separate motors, one that drives the feed rate and one that drives the cutting head.  I love that variable feed rate feature.  I have another planer but it doesn’t have variable speed like my Woodmaster does.  It’s a feature that comes in handy.

Tired of messing with Chinese junk

I wanted an American machine. I’m getting tired of messing with Chinese junk. I wanted something heavy duty that could take abuse. The others are foreign and chintzy with a lot of plastic. I don’t care for that. The Woodmaster is good and solid. I’ve been very happy with my decision. With an American machine, when I want a part, I pick up the phone and I get it.

(Editor’s note: Woodmaster’s TOLL FREE phone number is 1-800-821-6651.)

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“They pretty well straightened me out…”

Here's Walter Ostrander in his shop with his Woodmaster. "It paid for itself in about a year," he says. Now he wants a bigger one.

Here’s Walter Ostrander in his shop with his Woodmaster. “It paid for itself in about a year,” he says. Now he wants a bigger one.

The company has been great.  I have had no problem whatsoever. Nothing has ever broken, but I did call them up when I was making that siding a month ago.  I called with questions and their tech guys pretty well straightened me out and told me some tricks of the trade. I was real happy; they were helpful when I called.

I don’t like the business side of woodworking, but it’s taking off. I build high quality pieces, if I build something; it’s going to last forever. That’s what I try to do.  I build it as if I was going to buy it. My Woodmaster is an important part of my shop for turning out work like that.

Removing 40% of a board in 1 pass

Down the road, I’m going to buy the bigger one. I want to start doing doors and bigger stuff, plus I want more power in case I do any more of that siding. I don’t have any qualms about it. I’m real happy I bought it. It gets used pretty hard some days. With that siding, I was taking 40% of the wood off in one pass, that’s hard on a machine but it did it.

My Woodmaster paid for itself in about a year. I use it more and more as time goes on. I get more planed in less time and I can take off more wood per pass with it than with others. I only wish I’d bought a bigger Woodmaster.”

— Walter Ostrander, Millington MI

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