The basic use of molder cum planers is making baseboards, crown molding, door/window casings, fascia, or architectural moldings, elliptical moldings, frames and other countless items. If you want to show your skill and taste in every corner of the house you may want to make all these items on your own. On the other hand, if you want to help people reflect their taste and personality around their house in these little things, still you need a molder cum planer to make these things in your workshop.
However, these machineries are very costly, heavy and considered as a long term investment. So, one should take proper caution and do a lot of research before buying one. To save your time, we have developed a small list of top five molder/planer. Have a look at this, it may save your bucks that was supposed to be spent on the wrong unit.
A Quick Comparison of our Favorites
View the Best Planer Molders on the Market, Below-
1. Grizzly Industrial - 13" Planer/Molder (G1037Z)
- 12 FPM and 24 FPM feed rate for molding and planing;
- Capacity: upto 13 inch cutting width.
Amongst all the planers and molders of the same capacity, this unit is the cheapest. Even with its 1-½ hp motor, it manages to deliver 12 FPM speed while molding and 24 FPM for planing. The speed rate is okay for hobbyists who likes to add personal touch in everything they own.
Just like other molders this one also consists of three basic knives. You can always replace the knives and use one of your likings or use a custom-made knife.
The entire unit is made of cast iron for added durability. Besides, depth adjustment, guide bar and scales are added to maximize the ease of use of this molder. The machine is placed on a four-column table for support. Considering the weight of general molder/planer, it would have been nice if they added wheels underneath this unit. It would be easier to maneuver around the workshop.
- Low price;
- Suitable for homeowners;
We didn’t like
- Not for professional molding.
2. Shop Fox Planer/Molder for Straight and Elliptical Molding (W1842)
- 2 HP motor;
- Feed speed: 0 - 18 FPM;
- Maximum planing width 7 inches and maximum planing height 7.5 inches.
Planer molders are not used just to make crown and moldings. Rather, these are also used to make door and window frames of superior aesthetical beauty. You must have known a matching arched window frame same as the molding of the room makes a simple room utterly elegant. That is why an arched frame is as demanding as a straight molding. So, don’t disappoint the customers, in fact, expand your business by offering them both.
Meet this molder planer from ShopFox. It enables you to create straight and elliptical molding in one simple machine. Now you can create arched moldings and change the interior of your own home or the client’s. This machine has an open work table design with an enclosed base. The design itself makes this stand out of the crown of bulky and boxy planers. Besides, it is also easier to operate.
The powerful 2 hp motor offers variable speed. You can change the speed while dealing with different hard and soft woods. The maximum width and height of stock you can use it is somewhat limited. For excellent molding, this molder is unbeatable, but as a planer machine, you will have to be happy with a limited size.
- Easy blade change;
- Creates elliptical moldings;
- Molds accurately for multiple pieces.
We didn’t like
3. JET 13-Inch Planer/Moulder
- Maximum material width 13 inches and maximum height: 6 inches;
- 4,500 rpm speed cutter head speed;
- Variable in-feed speed;
The work surface is considerably large of this planer/molder. This is the ideal choice for workers who are looking for a solution to plane large sized stockes. Generally, planer/molder machines are designed to create molding on thin stocks only, so as a planer machine, the performance becomes limited. That is not the case for this planer and molder form JET.
The motor is somewhat less powerful than other industrial grade competitors, but it is enough to create architectural moldings as long as you have the right cutters. The in-feed speed is adjustable and it is 20 FPM for planing and 10 FPM for molding. Change as you need depending on the work you are doing.
The best thing about this unit is, it creates almost zero noise and vibration. You can create all the molding of your own home and in the comfort of your own home without disturbing other members. Considering its usability, the unit is rightly priced.
- Low vibration and noise;
- Backed by a long warranty;
- Large table.
We didn’t like
- Nothing to mention.
4. Shop Fox W1812 Planer Molder with Stand
- Molding feed rate 12 FPM;
- Upto 13-inch cutting width: 13" for planning;
- 4-9/16" maximum width for molding.
Another molder/planer from Shop Fox in our list. Because, why not? After all they are the best in the market. May be that is the reason these units gets out of stock pretty quickly. However, this molder is more suitable for persona use. The one we reviewed earlier was meant for industrial use. This model has a less powerful motor and lower feed rate for in and out feeding. But the maximum size and capacity for molding and planning of large wood shocks and lumbers are the same.
This one also priced less. If you are a weekend DIY worker, then the speed is right for you. Even if you own a small shop, you can still manage to create architectural baseboard, crown and molding with its slow feed rate. Because you will never regret after seeing its workmanship.
- Pedestal speed control;
- Easy to operate;
- Suitable as a planer for large boards;
- Easy to change blades.
We didn’t like
5. Grizzly Industrial Grade Heavy-Duty Planer (G0815)
- Capacity: upto 15 inch cutting width;
- 3 HP motor;
- 16 FMP and 30 FPM variable speed.
To run a large business of molding, crown, baseboard and similar woodworking, look no where else than this industrial grade planer from Grizzly. It is designed keeping high production in mind. Its 3 hp motor is the most powerful a simple molder/planer can have. On the other hand, this machine can use upto 15 inch wide boards for planning. You will never need to visit other shops to plane large stocks.
This unit is not widely sold online, that is why it is not reviewed yet. But this one is widely used among professional woodworkers and construction companies. This unit is very heavy, but that goes to any planer or molder. These items are heavy and expensive and once it is installed, we don’t need to move it often. So, practically I don’t find any reason for not investing in it for professional molding/planning.
- Powerful motor;
- Industrial quality;
- Used for large stocks.
We didn’t like
- Awfully heavy.
Which Molder/Planer You Should Purchase?
We reduced our taste of a good quality planer/molder to a list of five popular units. I can assure you that, if you know how a planer/molder works and why we use it, you will definitely not regret purchasing one of those. But still, it is not necessary that all of these units will prove to be the best for you. To find the best one for your service, take into account the following factors.
Are you a hobbyist or a professional? You want to own a molder to complete the molding of your own house or you get paid to do this for others? There are different molders/planers available in the market that suitable either for home use or for industrial use. Before purchasing, make sure you know the molder is enough to serve you right.
The motor used in the molder or planer varies from 1-½ hp to 3 hp. The in-feed and out-feed and cutter speeds are determined by the speed of the motor. There is no need to purchase an expensive highly powerful unit if only a less powerful one is enough for your needs.
Most of the molder cum planer has different speeds to use as a planer and molder. You can also choose to use various speeds for using different wood materials. For example, low speed for hardwood and high speed for softwoods or so. Besides, you can set the speed high when you need fast material removing and set the speed low when you need finishing work.
It is the most vital factor for purchasing a molder cum planer. The maximum width, height and minimum thickness the unit can operate should be based on your requirements. Otherwise, you will end up spending money on the wrong product regret buying it.
Weight and Size
All the molders are a very heavy, and expensive unit. Still, you need to pay attention to the sheer size and weight of that unit. If you own a large woodshop, then you will not face any difficulties to place this machine, but for small ones, it is better to choose one that is easy to move around.
Ease of Use and Assembly
molder/planer sometimes arrives in separate boxes and you need to assemble to get it working. Besides, changing knives and adjustments of this machine can be cumbersome if it is not designed right. For continuous use and cut off down time, spend in one unit that is easy to operate, change the settings and knives and vice versa.
In the end. All I can say is, we don’t purchase these kinds of costly machinery every day. Once invested in it, it stays with us almost throughout life. So, don’t male it a child’s play and before spending money on it, spend some time to study it.
Last Updated on February 23, 2021 by John Dylan
I am John Dylan. I have a clear experience of different types of tools since my childhood. I started my career as a handyman at a construction company. Later on purpose, I had to work as a plumber, and electrician also.
So I had to research and explore different tools for my own good. In toolsscore I try to share my findings. I attempt to help people find the right tool. Hope it helps.