|Review by Gator||posted 12-09-2010 12:58 AM||8052 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Picked this up today at Federated Tool in London, Ontario
It is the General Machine 75-050T1 – Tilting head mortiser.
I brought it home and unpacked it. There was a small amount of oil, not pounds of grease to deal with. I had the entire unit wiped down in less than 10 minutes. There were no parts missing, and it was 80% assembled in the box. Instructions were not too bad, there was not much to do. The fence is dead straight and required no shimming. The unit came with 4 chisels, 1/4” to 1/2”. These will be replaced with a set from Lee Valley, but will work for now with a little honing. It also comes with a collar for 5/8” & 3/4” shanks. The test cut was a piece of scrap red oak, and was a bit tough to get through but chisels were right out of the box, untouched.
The machine itself is suprisingly quiet when the 1/2 hp motor is running. It is very heavy and stable. The table is a nice size – (13.5” x 9” )
I found it easy to set up the chisel and bit depth, and from the time I put the box on my bench, until I had cut the mortise in a piece of scrap was less than an hour.
Now there has to be cons..
The hand wheel for the stock hold down is located on the right side of the machine & when in the down position, interferes with the handle to tighten down the fence on this side. If you are cuttuing a mortise in more than 1/4” from the fence you must raise the stock hold down to tighten the fence first, then lower it into place to secure the stock.
You must ensure the fence is very tight before tigtening up the front screw on the stock hold down or it will “push” your fence out of adjustment when you tigten it up to apply pressure against the fence. I think these two items may be the proper steps to operating these machines anyway, and may not really be cons afterall ?
The hole in the center of the base for cutting through mortises is a little large, so you will require a backing board under your material if cutting small stock, as it will “tip” up into the hole when you pull the chisel down.
The depth stop could be a little better built, but seems to work okay – I only cut 1 mortise, so I can’t swear to it.
This machine is heavy. You will want to put it where it will be best utilized in your shop, and leave it there. It is just over 100 Lbs.
Overall I am very happy with it as it seems to be a very good machine.
All in all I still gave this machine 4 stars, considering I have never used one before, I found it very easy to set up, and work with. I would recommend it to anyone looking for one.
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