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11-14-2013 02:38 PM

I am looking to add a bench top mortiser to my shop. Quality and Price are both a big concern. I don,t want to sacrifice quality just to save a few dollars but I can’t afford to through money away on a name. Shop Fox seems to have a good machine with a lot of features. I need some advice. I just don’t know which one to buy.

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#1 posted 11-20-2013 06:36 AM

What ype of mode lare you been looking for do you want to buy JET Bench-top Mortise or universal models?

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#2 posted 11-21-2013 01:38 AM

I have a Jet benchtop mortiser that I would sell to you very reasonably, but shipping would likely be a killer. I recently purchased a Mortise Pal and prefer it to the Jet. The price of the Mortise Pal is quite reasonable assuming you have a plunge router.

-- Art

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#3 posted 11-21-2013 01:57 AM

I use a benchtop hollow chisel mortiser for most work. I have the Delta 14-651 which performs well for me. I had a few parts break, but replacements were available. The biggest limitation is you can only fit a 4-1/2” wide board under the hold-down. It does come with a riser block to allow a 6” board under the chisel, but it is a pain to install. If you are mostly working on parts 4-1/2” wide or less, then most benchtop mortisers will work.

General International makes one with a 9” capacity under the chisel, but it comes at a cost.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 11-21-2013 02:46 AM

I have a Jet.Check some of the online tool sellers, Acme,Tool King,Amazon ,International Tool,some still have free shipping w/$200 + purchases.

-- Nat - West Sayville,L.I., NY

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#5 posted 11-21-2013 03:14 AM

Unless you have a particular need for square through mortises
or deeper mortises than 2” in the style of work you want to,
I recommend going with a slot mortiser. New ones aren’t
cheap but you can make one yourself using a 1/2” router
motor, even an old one off ebay. Some designs like
the “pantorouter” ( can be used to make
tenons as well and that’s a considerable asset.

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#6 posted 11-22-2013 09:19 PM

Thanks for all the great input everyone. you have given me a lot to think about. Money is always a concern, as is the quality of the finished product. I have 2 grand daughters that will be the recipients of most of my future furniture projects. So, the quality must be my best work ever. LOL, No pressure on grandpa.

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#7 posted 11-23-2013 01:30 AM

Have a Shop Fox. No complaints.

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#8 posted 11-23-2013 05:21 PM

In comparing, check the RPM. It’s my view that 1750 is kinder to your chisels than 3450. There will always be some heat-producing friction between the bit and the chisel and any way I can minimize that is important to me.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#9 posted 11-23-2013 06:52 PM

The hold downs seem to be the worst part of bench top mortisers. It might be worth it to get a full sized one with horizontal clamp and movable table. I would avoid the Jet model of bench top mortiser.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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