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Forum topic by CecilD posted 04-02-2014 02:16 PM 873 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CecilD

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04-02-2014 02:16 PM

Just purchased a Powermatic PM701 mortising machine and now looking to buy some bits. Powermatic has a set of 4 for around $170.00 street price down to Woodstock for $32.70 for a set of 4. I know you get what you pay for so the Woodstock are out of the picture but what brand would you suggest. I will only use these maybe 30-40 times a year.


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PaulJerome

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#1 posted 04-02-2014 02:33 PM

Perhaps these or these from Lee Valley. Great customer service!

-- Paul, Central Illinois

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Nicky

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#2 posted 04-02-2014 02:33 PM

I’ve been happy with the bits from CMT. They run about ~$20.00 each, not sure if they have kits. I use mostly a 3/8” chisel.

What ever you buy, I would highly recommend getting a cone sharpener and hone. I use to struggle with my machine because the chisel’s edge was not well maintained. Touching up the edge made a world of difference. I believe I got my cones from Lee Valley.

-- Nicky

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TheDane

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#3 posted 04-02-2014 02:57 PM

I have the Premium Hollow Mortise Chisels & Bits from Lee Valley that Paul provided a link to. A bit pricey, but IMHO they are a quality tool and well worth the money.

Nicky is right … a cone sharpener will make using your mortiser a much more pleasant experience. I got mine from Rockler.

-- 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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Jeff Heath

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#4 posted 04-02-2014 10:27 PM

Greenlee, or if you can find them used, Forrest City. Those two make the best industrial grade bits. If you’re not going to use them that much, then buy the best you can afford, and make sure you sharpen the inside as well as the outside 4 edges. Very important, or you’ll just burn up your bits.

-- Jeff Heath Heath Toolworks planes

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CecilD

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#5 posted 04-02-2014 11:05 PM

Has any one used the set that Jet or Powermatic sell? The PM701 comes with a cone sharpener built in but no bits.
Also does Lee Valley put their bits on sell?

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TheDane

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#6 posted 04-03-2014 12:15 AM

My Jet (JBM-5) came with a set of four chisels/bits. They didn’t hold an edge very well, which is why I bought the Rockler cone sharpeners.

-- 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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TDSpade

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#7 posted 04-03-2014 05:31 AM

I just purchased the Powermatic PM701 mortising machine as well. I bit the bullet and bought the Powermatic 4 bit set. I have used the 5/16 and 1/4 bits. I have used the 1/4 bit on pine and some unknown very dense hardwood. They seemed to work pretty good to me. I used the 5/16 on red oak and poplar, also with out a problem.

This is my first mortising machine and I love it.

-- For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.

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CecilD

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#8 posted 04-03-2014 12:17 PM

Found the Powermatic bits on sale for 149.95 plus shipping so I went with them. Was going to go with the Lee Valley brand but several dollars difference & I could not find much difference between them. Lee Valley also had over $113 dollars for shipping base on the cost of the order. I do not understand why they do not just use a USPS flat rate box for smaller items and save the customer postage. Thanks to everyone for the information.
Cecil

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TheDane

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#9 posted 04-03-2014 02:10 PM

$113.00?!

Where are you shipping to? I have bought a number of items from Lee Valley and shipping was always within the range of what I consider reasonable.

-- 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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CecilD

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#10 posted 04-03-2014 02:23 PM

My mistake $13 too many ones.

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pintodeluxe

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#11 posted 04-03-2014 04:52 PM

I use Wood River chisels, but they have a 5/8” shanks. Some of the bigger machines use 3/4” shanks. They are comparable to the Delta chisels, but cost less.

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

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darthford

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#12 posted 04-04-2014 02:30 PM

I purchased the Shopfox W1743 and shopped all over hell for chisels. On guard some/most of the formerly high end euro stuff went to CHINA. I ended up going with the Made in Japan chisels Grizzly imports, they are expensive but have worked well so far and appear better quality than anything else I found out there.

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CecilD

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#13 posted 04-04-2014 06:28 PM

Got the Powermatic ones today. Quality look good will give them a try out this next week.

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