|Review by Brian024||posted 12-20-2010 10:31 PM||9663 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
Up until now my chosen method for cutting mortises has been a router and I’ve become very tired of having to spend a good amount of time square up each one with a chisel. I bought this after seeing on Woodcraft’s site that it was on sale for $249.00 until the end of the month. This looks very similar to the Steel City, it might infact be the same just different branding.
The unit comes in roughly 2’X2’X2’ box and has 2 styrofoam trays, it weighs about 90 pounds. The base and column are made from cast iron, the headstock and fence are made from aluminum. Since the fence was made from aluminum, I was wondering if it might be warped; after I check it with a straightedge and feeler gauges it was straight. Assembly took about about 45 minutes but I usually take longer when putting tools together, it could be put together in 30 minutes, that includes cleaning the grease off of most of the parts. The instruction book is pretty weak on assembly instructions and contradict’s itself a couple times.
The machine itself adjusts and runs fairly smoothly, I haven’t used a mortiser before so it took a bit to get used to. One of the main problems I ran into was the 5/16 drill bit had a burr left on the end which once I grinded it off it cut fine. Overall very happy with this think it will speed up my mortise and tennon joinery a lot faster.