Delta 14-650 Mortising Machine

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Forum topic by jasonallen posted 02-25-2016 02:29 PM 621 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I am trying to determine if this is a good deal. I have never used a mortising machine but I am interested in owning one and learning to use it. I can get a new 14-651 for $320 plus tax but this used 14-650 comes with 2 new chisels for $300. It is about 20 minutes away from me.

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#1 posted 02-25-2016 08:49 PM

The 651 has advantages over the 650 that are worth more than the $20 you would be saving. It has the rack and pinion in and out adjustment on the fence, a better-placed work hold down (though all machines with that type of hold down are frustrating to use). It also has the chisel holder, and comes with a set of chisels.

I have the 651, which I modified to give it an X-Y table. Improved the efficiency a lot. Also incorporated much better clamping arrangement. Look for “Fabricating and adding X-Y Table for Mortiser” in the LJ search window. Dated 10-29-14. There’s more than one way to do this.

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#2 posted 02-26-2016 12:39 AM

runswithscissors makes some good points about the 651’s advantages, but that’s a sweet deal on the used one! It’s more than the $20 difference. I don’t know what chisels a new one comes with, but there seems to be a lot of them with the 650. Sorry, my comment doesn’t sway your decision one way or another :)

That being said, as soon as I get over the pain of buying my new dust collector cyclone, I am getting a Powermatic mortiser :)

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