Dowelmax or Mortise Machine

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Forum topic by Trevor posted 07-29-2008 07:26 PM 1770 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-29-2008 07:26 PM

I am contemplating the purchase of either the Dowelmax or a mortise machine (maybe both in the long-term), and was wondering if anybody who has used both could offer an opinion on which one they find more useful.

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#1 posted 07-29-2008 07:53 PM

There a few very complete reviews on Dowel max and Festool here .
Just type in Dowelmax in the search box at the top to the page.
This one has a video with it and was done by a friend of mine.


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#2 posted 07-29-2008 08:57 PM

If it means anything, I sold my Mortiser because it was just gathering dust. I bought a Leigh FMT mortiser and I wont use anything else.

-- making sawdust....

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#3 posted 07-29-2008 10:11 PM

I have read nothing but good things about the Dowelmax system. It is on my wish list.

-- Festool4

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#4 posted 07-30-2008 12:37 AM

I started out with a Jet mortiser; it was a workhorse in my shop. I build Craftsman and cut lots of mortises. Now I have two Jets. One is always set for 1/2” for frames and the other at 1/4” for panels. I have extra bits so a sharp one is always around. For what it’s worth I cut mortises for lots of through tenons so Dowelmax is not my choice. bbqKing.

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#5 posted 07-30-2008 01:08 AM

I have both the dowelmax and a Jet mortiser. I got the mortiser first, but now rarely use it as the dowelmax is lots quicker.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#6 posted 07-30-2008 08:14 AM

You might want to look into getting the new hand-held
doweling machine from Triton.

List price is under $200.oo.

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