|Forum topic by AZWoody||posted 03-29-2016 10:53 PM||497 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
03-29-2016 10:53 PM
As I’ve been working on redesigning my shop, I pretty much have settled on where I want everything but the one thing I want to change is my mortising machine. I currently have a Shop Fox benchtop and it works fine. It has a 3/4 hp motor and so far has enough power to do what I want but the biggest problem is the table.
I really would like an X-Y table because I believe it would make things much more efficient and accurate.
Looking around, pretty much all the models seem the same. Grizzly, Powermatic, Baileigh, Jet, etc. There are some small differences in the way the tables have stops, etc but I’m drawn to the Baileigh because it actually has hold downs that clamp the wood down.
One person on this site mentioned that the wheels are plastic, which hopefully I could replace with metal but is there anything I’m missing in the other ones, especially the Powermatic that would make it a better choice?
The Baileigh model I am looking at is the MC-1000TT. Now, for a couple hundred less, I can get the same model but without the tilting table. Would I miss it if I don’t get that? If it does add convenience, I’m not averse to paying extra for it.