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Forum topic by Dj1225 posted 03-13-2014 02:46 PM 1000 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-13-2014 02:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: spiral head planer minimax woodmaster

Have been doing some aggressive buying, selling, and trading and I think I have now obtained all the tools I want for my shop.

And I think for a very good value, in fact I am so far under budget that I can add a spiral head to either my new (used) Minimax Lab 300 or my new ( used but never used) Woodmaster 18 inch planer.

I use a lot of rough lumber, so my original thoughts were to use the Woodmaster for initial planing outside my shop, then use the Minimax after cutting into apx sizes for final planeing inside my actual shop.

The spiral cutterhead for either machine is slightly over $1000.00.

If I use in the Minimax, I would think final planeing would be very nice, and it would also work on the jointer. Never really fond of running wide boards over jointer bed, but thinking with the spiral head it may not be as bad.
But the Minimax already has a pretty easy tersa blade system. Noise in shop should also be better.

If I use in Woodmaster, then the blade shaft could be converted and left to use as a moulder, but again not sure how often I would do this.

So just brainstorming and appreciate any opinions.


-- Dave

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#1 posted 03-13-2014 03:22 PM

Seems like the most benefit would be to put it on the Minimax. Them you have a jointer and a planer with a spiral head, and since it would be doing more hours of work, the carbide teeth will last longer. Then there’s the point about the molding head on the Woodmaster….but that’s only the way I see it. BTW, I consider the noise reduction by itself reason to switch to the spiral; another reason for the Minimax.

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 04:36 PM

If you’re planning on running the bulk of your rough sawn stock through the Woodmaster, that’s where I’d spend the money. Only requiring light dimensioning on the MiniMax would allow straight knives to last a long time vs. the heavy cutting it sounds like your Woodmaster is going to see.

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#3 posted 03-13-2014 04:51 PM

I don’t see the upside of throwing away a Tersa head.

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#4 posted 03-23-2014 01:08 AM

Well the woodmaster 18 inch spiral head arrived in 3 days and I installed today. All I can say is it is amazing. I tested on some poplar and some really rough walnut. The results were great but what amazed me more than the cut was the noise level. I,was able to talk comfortably while running. I think I made the right decision, this should do a great job roughing in the lumber and the minimax will finish very nicely. Thanks for all your comments.

-- Dave

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