I do like Gerry too; but a 25" width is more than adequate for case sides, coffee and end tables, sofa tables, head and footboard panels, door panels- even entry door panel glueups, but not completed doors.
Tabletops, usually 36-42" wide can be glued up in halves, Boardroom tables and large home theatre cabinet sides are the only things needing anything near 50 inches width. If you were doing one of those you'd likely be doing buildups of other means anyway, but still doing the top in sections..
If the big machine is a bargain, sounds ok, but be careful that the extra juice doesn't just fry your paper quicker.;-)
I find myself doing panels more and more because I prefer wood over sheet goods. It is the larger planner that I would like, which gives the luxury of gluing larger sections. On the larger glue-ups I take the panel to the local sash and door company for 10-20$. Unlike the two previous gentlemen in this thread I think 50 belt sanders tied together would make a good boat anchor for my 14' Lund.
The largest glue up 10 feet. Done in 5 two foot sections and hoping I never have to do it again.
Im going today to look at a 3 foot thickness sander. Sanding is the one thing in woodworking that Im not thrilled about.
Presently making a 5 x 10 foot hard maple butcher block that you need ten men and a boy to lift again done in three sections. All sections are sanded and then the final glue up the pieces are biscuitedt ensure they are glued together even. The last two joints are then scraped using a cabinet scraper and then hand sanded.