Well, I managed to break my 14-651 mortiser. I broke the handle off
when trying to bore a 3/8" mortise in a piece of white oak. The 'hub'
that connects the handle to a steel shaft broke in three pieces. It
seems to be a MIM (metal injection molding) piece (which I guess is
good since it broke before something else bent). Called Delta this
a.m. and they sent a new warranty replacement out right away.
I hadn't shapened the chisels so I'm hoping thats the
problem...but...this machine has so little 'feel' that I can't really
tell if I'm bearing down too hard or what. I had adjusted the
auger-to-chisel clearance down to what I considered a minimum because
I was having to do so much cleaning up of the mortises; wondering if
this was a mistake. Any advice would be appreciated...thanks in