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    Best blades for a Woodmaster Model 725?

    First of all, Hello. I just found this site and I think I'll be spending a bit of time here learning

    I have the Woodmaster Model 725 molder/planer and use it semi commercially.

    My problem is that Im not happy with some of the blades that they sell. Specificly the Log Siding pattern. They dull verry fast compaired to the other blades I use to cut the lap groove on the back that I got localy at a lumber mill and they get the same ammount of footage on the same wood and they take 1/2" x 3/4" groove at 15fpm.

    Im looking for better blade stock that wont dull so easy. I often run 1,000 feet of siding in a day.
    Woodmaster says they are made of 5/16" M2 blade steel and I was wondering if there is anything better? I do not know about the ratings of steel yet

    Thanks in advance

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    Hi David Welcome to the forum.

    Seems like quite a machine, from the info I've seen. Have you given any thought to the optional spiral head? Don't have any other suggestions for you...

    Optional Spiral Cutter Head provides the cleanest, smoothest planing in the industry…indexable carbide inserts are sharp on all four sides. When wear occurs, simply rotate the insert to expose a fresh cutting edge.

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    Wish I could but the log siding is a curved cut, 1" at the sides to 1/16" in the middle on a 2"x8".

    But I do plan on getting the spiral cutter for the flat plains eventually

    Thanks for the welcome

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    Hi David
    I don't have a woodmaster(I have a General 13" planer/moulder not run much). What wood are you running Cedar?, pine? I find the cedar dulls blades quickly, especially old hard knots. Have you looked at upgrading to logosol or others and what the specs are on their moulders?
    Cheers and Welcome
    Irv

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    Hi David - welcome!
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    Sorry, I cannot add to the info, but I can welcome you to the Family!
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    Mostly western white woods. pine, hemlock, white fir and spruce. Its definately the hard knots that are dooing it, but as I said the other blades I got from the local sawmill go thrue the same stuff and I havent needed to sharpen them once yet. Still razor sharp

    The Logosol planers look real nice, after we get up and running more I think one or 2 of them is on my christmass lst

    Specs for the Woodmaster 725 are...
    Max. Depth of Cut Per Pass 3/16"
    Max. Width of Cut 25"
    Stock Thickness range W/O Bedboard 5/16" - 7"
    Shortest Planable Stock 8 - 1/2"
    Variable Feed Range 0 - 23 FPM
    Variable Cuts Per Inch 70 - 1000 CPI
    Knife Dimensions 25 x 11/16 x 1/8"
    Planer Bed with Extension Tables 25 x 49
    Overall Dimensions (W x H x D) 38" x 38 - 1/2" x 49"
    Planer Motor 7.5HP , 1725 RPM
    AMP Requirements 40 AMP , 230 VAC
    Feed Roller Motor 1/2 HP , 40 RPM
    AMP Requirements 5 AMP , 115 VAC
    Shipping Weight 808 lbs.

    The log siding patterns are HERE I am currently using the 1-1/2" X 7-1/2"

    If I get the time Ill snap a fiew pics today of the blades and planer

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    Once again, thanks for the welcomes seems to be a friendly forum.

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    woodmaster

    Thanks for info on woodmaster, if you get a logosol for Christmas, keep me in mind for your woodmaster to replace my general. I'm on the upstream end of the Columbia River.
    I would like to run some t&g projects, occasionally.
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    The only drawback they have on t&g is that you cant do anything over 7" wide. eg 2x6 or 1x6 t&g max unless you use routers, then the planer is just the feeder. Unfortunately If I do get a logosol I'll still keep the woodmaster till its dead the ripsaw capabilities alone are worth it, not to mention the drum sander.

    As promised, pics of my slightly modified woodmaster 725.



    Hinged bonnet for easy access to change blades. Stock you have to lift it off the top and takes 2 people.



    Added electric deck adjustment.



    Chip removal is NO problem



    The knives I got locally that never seem to dull.



    And the log siding knives that always dull like they made of play dough



    Half a days run. Had to stop a noon today to make a delivery.



    A few of the profiles I have so far and the 8" log blades are the only ones that dull so fast.

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