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Powermatic Benchtop Mortiser, Model PM701

Powermatic Benchtop Mortiser, Model PM701

07-10-2009 06:02 AM by Don K. | 19 comments »

As many of you know, I have had a heck of a time getting a new benchtop mortiser lately. I had a Steel City Mortiser that I loved….and so did my dad. So I ordered him one from Woodcraft for fathers day, after several weeks of no mortiser, I finally got a e-mail from Woodcraft saying that Steel-city had missed three shipping dates and that the did not know when or even IF they would ever get them in. So they offered me a choice…get a full refund on what I paid ($269 on sale) or the...

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Workable, but certainly not great.

Workable, but certainly not great.

04-11-2012 07:05 PM by dbhost | 19 comments »

For starters let me say, my 2 star rating is indicative of the fact that this machine is below average for what it is. I picked my Central Machinery #35570 up second hand, but New In Box and unused in trade for a cleaned up curb find of a Delta 10” miter saw that I fitted with a takeoff blade from another long gone saw. So effectively this machine was free to me. So now that is’t in my shop, and I have it set up and running for a while, let’s get down to the review…...

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Steel City ... Hollow Chisel Mortiser ... happy buyer

Steel City ... Hollow Chisel Mortiser ... happy buyer

08-15-2008 04:12 AM by Dan'um Style | 17 comments »

Bought the Steel City Mortiser today on the way home from work. link to tool store Mueller Assembly, no problems … intuitive design Came with 4 bits and chisels. Black and white, printed boxes exactlly the same as came with my old Delta. Pros: Fence looks real good. Nice design. Fine adjustment knob is a plus. Worked good.Big table base , easy to fasten to work bench. Very stable.Pull out, cast iron table extensions go to about 36 inches. Solid fit.I thought the $289 price was ...

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Sharpen your mortise chisels

Sharpen your mortise chisels

03-01-2008 09:11 PM by Karson | 15 comments »

Rockler and others have this tool to sharpen your mortise chisels. Trust me they don’t come sharpl Lee Vally has just the sharpening cones for $7.95 a better buy than Rockler. It’s a cone with diamond sharpening grits on the edge. The picture doesn’t show but it does come with 2 grit sizes, course and fine. I placed the diamond cone in my drill press and lightly brought it into the inside of the mortise chisel Ligntly do that until you get all edges of the chisel sharp...

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powermatic benchtop mortiser

powermatic benchtop mortiser

05-12-2009 05:37 AM by kosta | 14 comments »

I used this mortiser at my friends house today and it was sweet i am just used to putting a drill bit in the drill press and finishing it off with a rasp but this was awesome but its also a ton of money but its still really nice. Powermatic makes a floor standing model too but this is good enough to make good mortises.

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Shop Fox W1671 3/4 HP Heavy-duty Mortising Machine

Shop Fox W1671 3/4 HP Heavy-duty Mortising Machine

09-01-2010 11:05 PM by Tom Coster | 14 comments »

Ok, I admit it, I am a tool junkie. What I lack in skill I make up in tool savvy. That said I have never owned a mortise machine so take that into consideration when putting any value to this review. I did do some serious research before buying as this will be my last tool for a while as my wife has threaten to cave my skull in with a cast iron frying pan while I sleep if I buy any more. Let’s get to the heart of the matter; The Shop Fox is inexpensive. I paid $245 + $44 shipping at Grizzly t...

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Mortiser Falls Short on Key Features

Mortiser Falls Short on Key Features

10-29-2011 01:21 AM by pintodeluxe | 13 comments »

When I first got this it was the best thing since fancy cut pickles. Since then (5 tables, 8 chairs and and an entertainment center later), I have had the chisel stuck in my workpiece more times than I can count. I can tell you why… it has no roller wheels or clamps to hold the workpiece tight against the fence. Thus when you try to remove the bit, it rocks the workpiece and binds the bit. Problem #2 : The hold down clamp rod does flex quite a bit. I think this could be solved w...

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Cutting a Square Hole is so much easier.

Cutting a Square Hole is so much easier.

12-20-2010 10:31 PM by Brian024 | 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 pou...

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Mortiser for the masses

Mortiser for the masses

03-01-2008 05:17 AM by Karson | 12 comments »

I had been looking at this mortiser for sale by Wilke Tools in PA. It was being sold at $245 plus shipping. And then one time I went looking again and they had it for sale at $185.00 I ordered it. It didn’t come with any chisels. What sets this mortiser apart from others for a reasonable price is that it has an X, Y and Z alignment. The table as shown in the two pictures moves from left to right about 7” so you can cut a 7” mortise without loosing the grip on the piece...

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Jet / Powermatic X-Y Mortiser

Jet / Powermatic X-Y Mortiser

01-14-2015 08:29 PM by pintodeluxe | 12 comments »

I started with a Delta benchtop mortiser, and found the need to upgrade to a bigger machine. The Jet JFM-5 is basically the same as the Powermatic 719-A. The longer handle and the 1 hp motor make this machine easier to use than benchtop mortisers. I realized that most benchtop units don’t hold the workpiece very well, and require you to use your hand like a clamp to hold the workpiece in place. The Jet solves that problem with a sturdy face clamp. CLAMPThe clamp keeps the workpiece...

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