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  • Williams & Hussey Molder-Planer good just for planing?

    I found a Williams & Hussey W7 Molder-Planer at my local Habitat ReStore today. I wasn't familiar with the maker or the machine, but knew it was a good deal for a heavy, american-made machine like this. I don't have any pressing need to make moldings, but I was wondering if this machine would make a good small planer? Would it be a step-up from a lunch box planer like a Delta? The straight planing knives are available for $144USD from W&H, but I'm not sure it would be worth the investment just for planing. It's only 7 inches wide as well, but my jointer is only 6 so I don't think that would be a big problem.

    Here's a couple pics of the machine. It came with a set of curved knives.

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    Last edited by streetcore; 10-11-2019, 08:43 PM.
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    Re: Williams & Hussey Molder-Planer good just for planing?

    A friend of mine had a W&H 30 years ago he bought new ($700 US) to be used as a planer. Being open ended, its capacity is 13 1/2”. He liked it that way and never used it as a older, which is it’s strong point. They cost upwards of $2500 now.

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      Re: Williams & Hussey Molder-Planer good just for planing?

      Thanks for your reply Mike. I was shocked when I realized how much these things cost new. I think it's definitely worth spending some money to get it running again. If anyone knows of any alternate sources for straight planer knives, please let me know.

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        Re: Williams & Hussey Molder-Planer good just for planing?

        I have had one for the past 25 years and use it as a moulding machine. Any parts you need are readily available from W & H. I use it as a moulder and get my knives from moulding knives . com. They are located in Nova Scotia. Great service. Unfortunately the knives are sold by the inch. A guesstimate would be about $300. They are a great little machine.
        Brian
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          Re: Williams & Hussey Molder-Planer good just for planing?

          sarnia habitat store? what are they asking for it?

          im not interested, just curious!
          my shop is a beaver lodge
          steve, sarnia, ont




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            Re: Williams & Hussey Molder-Planer good just for planing?

            It came home with me on Friday Steve. I hate to gloat, but it was only $30. So even though I didn't know much about it there was no way I was leaving without it.

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              Re: Williams & Hussey Molder-Planer good just for planing?

              Originally posted by streetcore View Post
              It came home with me on Friday Steve. I hate to gloat, but it was only $30. So even though I didn't know much about it there was no way I was leaving without it.
              followed you home huh? LOL
              is it operational?
              i dont know about power requirements but i would think at least 1hp, cutterhead speed around 4000 likely

              http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/900/12586.pdf
              Last edited by stevem; 10-14-2019, 01:59 PM.
              my shop is a beaver lodge
              steve, sarnia, ont




              1940's Craftmaster Lathe

              https://www.facebook.com/artistryinwoodca/

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                Re: Williams & Hussey Molder-Planer good just for planing?

                They come with a 3 hp and know a couple of guys that run 5 hp.

                If your dreams don't scare you, you are not dreaming big enough

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                  Re: Williams & Hussey Molder-Planer good just for planing?

                  I'll give 60.00!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                    Re: Williams & Hussey Molder-Planer good just for planing?

                    Originally posted by stevem View Post

                    followed you home huh? LOL
                    is it operational?
                    It was just the machine, no motor or stand. It was a bit rusty and the bearings felt a bit gritty, but otherwise seems okay. I've got it torn apart and I'm giving it a good cleaning this weekend.

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                      Re: Williams & Hussey Molder-Planer good just for planing?

                      does it have powered rollers? They can be added later.

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                        Re: Williams & Hussey Molder-Planer good just for planing?

                        Looks like it does. It is a newer model than mine. That was a steal. You can also buy another set of gears that give you more cuts per inch. I would like to have a variable speed drive that covers all the basis.

                        Brian
                        Last edited by Brian @ Muir; 10-14-2019, 05:16 PM.
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                          Re: Williams & Hussey Molder-Planer good just for planing?

                          Here's a pic of the cutter head with chain drive to both rollers.

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                            Re: Williams & Hussey Molder-Planer good just for planing?

                            What are you guys using for gear box oil? I see W&H sells there own and new ones ship with "Mineral Gear Oil, 600XP 460". That seems pretty hard to find and only in 5 gallon buckets, but I read somewhere that 90W gear oil should be fine too.

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                              Re: Williams & Hussey Molder-Planer good just for planing?

                              Originally posted by Brian @ Muir View Post
                              They come with a 3 hp and know a couple of guys that run 5 hp.
                              i guess you would need that much if running it as a moulder, 3hp seems a lot though for just planer use
                              my shop is a beaver lodge
                              steve, sarnia, ont




                              1940's Craftmaster Lathe

                              https://www.facebook.com/artistryinwoodca/

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