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

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

1428 days ago by Tom Coster | 13 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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Cutting a Square Hole is so much easier.

Cutting a Square Hole is so much easier.

1318 days ago 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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Workable, but certainly not great.

Workable, but certainly not great.

840 days ago 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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Great Machine, intructions leave something to be desired.

Great Machine, intructions leave something to be desired.

2342 days ago by Greg3G | 10 comments »

I purchased this machine after reading a lot of top reviews. My inital take on the machine was it is pretty well made. However, when I went to set it up, the instructions were very lacking…there were several steps missing, and they did not even address how to attach the upper work hold down clamp. After l looking closely at the pictures on the web, I finally figured out how to install it. The machine was very stiff to use at first. After a run of about 10 mortices, I reshapred the ch...

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General Machine - 75-050T M1 - Tilting Bench top Mortiser

General Machine - 75-050T M1 - Tilting Bench top Mortiser

1329 days ago by Gator | 4 comments »

Picked this up today at Federated Tool in London, OntarioIt 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&...

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Hartville Tool Mortise Chisels and Bits

Hartville Tool Mortise Chisels and Bits

2025 days ago by Matt (Upper Cut) | 4 comments »

I recently ordered the set for my new Jet JFM-5. I am very disappointed and will be buying a higher quality bit set. I’ll keep these cheaper chisels for rough work. I’m sure they won’t last long. You can find the link to the set here. Pros:1. Cheap Cons:1. This is a short set. This means that you’ll have to add your arbor extension to your mortiser.2. Not sharp, so you’ll have to sharpen them.3. Not ground to standard angle. I used the Lee Valley hones. A...

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powermatic benchtop mortiser

powermatic benchtop mortiser

1905 days ago 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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Rockler Mortise Machine Table And Fence

Rockler Mortise Machine Table And Fence

1680 days ago by TheDane | 2 comments »

This table/fence solved a lot of problems, and really improved the performance of my Jet JBM-5 Mortising Machine. It provides a much larger work surface than the stock table, and comes with 2 of Rockler’s Rotary Guides that help secure the workpiece against the fence, but allow movements to the right or left so you can slide the workpiece as needed. I made one small modification when I installed the fence. I have never trusted wood screws in MDF for this type of fixture, so instea...

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The keeper

The keeper

1445 days ago by Carpintonto | 1 comment »

Hi guys, I’ve just bought this machine and some 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1” chisels and bits. I have to say that it does an excellent job. Also, is not heavy. I’ve put it in a Powermatic mobile base for Bandsaws, and it rides great. It’s tilt table and all the little features in it makes it easy to work with on all kind of different projects. Would I recommend this machine to you guys?. I would say yes!.

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Delta 14-651--Looks Good

Delta 14-651--Looks Good

1310 days ago by Geedubs | 4 comments »

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause…or at least a facsimile of him. Like many, I used to ogle the mortising machine Norm would use on New Yankee Workshop and say (to myself of course), ‘Yah, right, like I’ll ever have a machine like that!”. Well, thanks to some unexpected events, I recently found myself with a little extra cash and combined that with the sudden passion to own something I thought I would never have. Caveat—-had to be a good deal. So I start...

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