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New Tools and Tool Experiences #1: Mortiser

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Blog entry by thiel posted 1906 days ago 656 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just ordered me a Powermatic 701 Mortising machine… and I got it for a steal! I’ll let you know when it arrives!

Any tips for setting this type of tool up? I’ve seen a million videos on installing and tuning saws, but never a thing on a mortiser.

2009: The Summer of the Tenon!

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency



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theoldflyer

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#1 posted 1906 days ago

David,

Where did you steal your Mortising machine from? I’m looking for one for my shop.

-- TJ in Southern Oregon

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thiel

359 posts in 1924 days


#2 posted 1906 days ago

I found a seller on Amazon advertising it for $349 plus $50 shipping—new in box, never opened. (The next best price I found was $479 plus shipping.) Since they had a solid rep on Amazon and eBay (and a clear return policy) I took the risk of ordering it. They only had the one though… the seller appears to be a liquidator and he must have found it in the final stock of someplace going out of business or something.

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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thiel

359 posts in 1924 days


#3 posted 1890 days ago

Everything arrived in good order and the machine is set up. I have short-shank mortising chisels though, and this machine really prefers long shank ones. There IS a chuck extention included with the machine, but the chuck doesn’t want to come off.

Anyone have any comments on how hard I should try to get the chuck off so I can add the extender? I gave it a really good effort with a gloved hand and it wouldn’t turn… I was gonna turn to a wrench but wondered if I was gonna break something!

I did toss a short shank chisel in there (it was barely held in the chuck) and did some test cuts. It’s like butter.

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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thiel

359 posts in 1924 days


#4 posted 1824 days ago

Long term report on the PM 701: Plenty of power, the sliding clamp system is worth its weight in gold, everything rock solid and it cuts clean and true. The handle, however, was designed by an idiot: you have to swing it about 270 degrees to move make a 2 inch mortise—crazy!

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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