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Review of Delta 14-461 Deluxe Mortiser

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Review by Al Navas posted 2380 days ago 3689 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The bottom line: This machine works, but you must watch out for several things, common to all mortisers of this type, as I already have pointed out on my recent blog posts.

The weak link: The fence. It recently gave me many headaches, as the inside edges of the fence halves did not align properly – in the photo, Edge #1 and Edge #2. This resulted in misalignment of stiles to rails, something that should NOT happen. I probably did something to cause this, or maybe just sitting by a window in cold weather caused the cast iron to change dimensionally. I don’t really know. This is solved VERY easily by attaching a sub-fence; use screws to secure a wood fence to the cast iron one using the holes provided for this purpose; this is my guess, as I am not really sure why these holes even exist on the ends of the fence :) .

With proper care, and making sure the chisels are sharp and square to the table top, anyone can make mortises using this machine. I would buy it again. But today there are other options, such as Festool’s Domino, at about 3X the cost. I don’t own a Domino, but that might be THE way to go if I must cut many, many more mortises than I do today.

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO, http://sandal-woodsblog.com




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#1 posted 2380 days ago

Thanks for the review Al. Will check out your blog.

Dalec

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#2 posted 2380 days ago

I have the same machine and didn’t have that problem you describe. I have used mine with no problems.

Thanks for your review.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 2370 days ago

I’ve been thinking about getting a bench top mortiser – Good review – Gary, do you think this is as good as I would want, or should I spend the extra $$$ and get the Powermatic 701? I doubt that I would use either of them that much.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#4 posted 2064 days ago

I purchased the same machine from Rockler and am very happy with it – it’s very easy to make mortises. My two complaints about it are really a wish list: (1) There should be some way to easily square up the chisel – it’s a pain in the posterior to have to square it up every time you chock up a bit (2) the chisel/bit combo jams up a lot with wood chips when drilling into hard wood (like mahogany) – this causes the motor to stop and you have to remove the chisel/bit combo, clean it out and put it back in again (see wish #1) – if there were chip holes on BOTH sides of the chisel, this might be less of a problem.

-- Mark, Dominican Republic

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#5 posted 1769 days ago

I have been wanting a mortiser and after looking at several, I liked the Festool domino jointing system. This tool is somewhat similar to a biscuit jointer but does a lot more. This tool cuts the mortise via a drill bit that turns and oscillates at the same time making a rectangular shape hole. This mortiser will cut different size mortises depending on which cutter you have installed. The dominos fit exactly to size into the mortise. I toke a look at one of these tools and some day will own. I will say that this mortiser costs quite a bit but well worth the money. take a look at this web site: www.festooljunkie.com. review and watch the video clips on what this tool can do.

-- Behind every great man is his wife with rolling eyes.

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#6 posted 1319 days ago

Is this supposed to be the 14-651? I am currently checking out various mortising machines and just wanted to be sure I had not missed something…somewhere? Thanks for the review Al.

-- Todos los dias aprendemos algo nuevo.

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