Pretty Frustrated with Shop Fox Benchtop Mortiser/Chisels

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Forum topic by Scott posted 07-06-2013 08:07 PM 4515 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2013 08:07 PM

I try not to complain too much about my tools and their performance but this one has me at the end of my rope. Sorry this is a little long, but I need some help!

Brand new Shop Fox W1671 Bench Top Mortiser. Bought based on favorable reviews and 3/4 hp motor, plus the ability to do 3/4” mortises.

Assembly and setup were ok although the directions left a bit to be desired and the fit and finish of the some of the parts was questionable.

I can understand the 1/2” chisel that is included not being the best, but I’m having issues with the Premium Japanese made 3/4” chisel purchased from Grizzly as well.

Here’s what happens. Go through setup, everything aligned and square, chisel and bit setup with the “nickel” spacing. Both the 1/2” and the 3/4” sound like garbage disposals like there is a lot of slop between the bit and the auger bit starts burning almost as it touches the wood. The auger bits by themselves run fine and are quiet and drill holes like butter in all woods. Machine is bolted down, workpieces are clamped, I have good leverage with the handle, and only once did I get anywhere near a clean cut in soft pine. So what I think is happening is the bit is clanging off the chisel and struggling to cut.

I’ve tried honing the bits and chisels, dry lube and experimenting with the bit to chisel spacing but nothing works.

Here’s the kicker: If I chuck one of my cheapo Delta bits in, it runs whisper quiet and cuts like butter in white oak the first time.

If the Lee Valley bits are that much better I don’t mind investing in them but this 3/4 bit cost over $50 from Grizzly. I plan on contacting them on Monday for help as well.

Any ideas, advice or suggestions?

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#1 posted 07-25-2013 01:04 AM

A little long but may help

-- lcurrent ( It's not a mistake till you run out of wood )

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