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Forum topic by jim1mckenna posted 03-22-2010 03:41 AM 1538 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2010 03:41 AM

I am in the merket for a bench top mortiser wondering witch one you use? and how you like it ?

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#1 posted 03-22-2010 04:22 AM

I have a Powermatic, but it isnt a bench top. I looked a lot at bench top ones before buying the floor model, and I liked the General since it was one of the only bench top ones at the time that had a tilting mechanism in it.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 03-22-2010 06:38 PM

I have a Multico and also an older reliant model. The Multico is no longer distributed here but it is a great machine if you can find one used. The lower price Reliant has served me well, with no issues noted.

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#3 posted 03-22-2010 07:49 PM

I just got a Powermatic 701. I have only played with it so far, but I pretty happy with it. It seem very smooth and powerful. It has a 3/4 vs 1/2 hp of the Delta or Jet and has some interesting features. I got mine from from Woodworker’s Supply with FREE shipping.

NewWoodworker has a review. These often seem overly positive to me, but it does provide some useful info.

-- -- Chuck S.

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#4 posted 03-22-2010 07:56 PM

Check out trade & swap in Forums, Peter O 5 days ago.

Delta Mortising attachment for use on a drill press. I have same one, used a couple of times, like it.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#5 posted 03-22-2010 10:13 PM

I have a Jet (see: that I bought in 2006. I have done a good deal of A&C furniture construction, and this baby has drilled a lot of square holes.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 03-22-2010 10:37 PM

I also have the Jet. After I replaced the table with something with more substance and added better hold down clamps it works very well. One think I like is that it runs at 1750 r.p.m.. Some of the bench top mortising machines run at 3450. That’s too fast.

However, if you have a good, strong drill press, I think a mortising attachment for a drill press is virtually as good as a mortising machine. I didn’t when I bought the mortising machine. I do now and I halfway regret buying the mortising machine.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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