It's not new. 1" is the smallest size. The Trimaster cuts fine, just much slower than the Woodmaster. The Trimaster comes in narrower sizes, so people can run them on smaller saws. I think there was confusion caused by talking heads recommending the Trimaster since they use them on a 14" saw. The large teeth on the Woodmaster probably scare some people into thinking it must leave a coarser cut, but it does not.
I was just waiting for your reply, Eric.
I picked it up yesterday at my hardwood dealer. I had been eyeing it up for a while now. It's actually the straitest grain piece of cocobolo I've ever seen and genuine gaboon ebony. I left my first born child at the counter for those two boards.
Is the woodmaster a new model? I bought the trimaster about a year ago from bandsaw blades direct. I don't think they carried it then. If they did, I did not see it and did not know to look for it.
I am happy with my 1/2" trimaster. It is like a jack plane of blades. I can rip, resaw, and cut moderate curves. I wanted something I could set and forget. Blade changes are not too difficult on my PM1500, but still not my favorite task.