I wanted to ask if anyone has experience with the Shop Fox mortising
machine. There was a thread about a year ago and I wanted to hear
from someone who owns and uses it. It seems to offer more for the
buck than Delta and Jet. Thanks.
On the same thread, what do people think is the best mortising machine? I
am leaning towards the Delta because they swivel 180 degrees away from the
base so that I can put mortises into any thickness wood..
Workbench Magazine recently tested mortising machines. Delta was the top
rated, Jet was the best under $200. They did not test the Shop Fox though.
They did mention that the 3450 rpm is not an advantage (can cause burning of
the wood) as is higher horsepower. They tested a 1 hp that did not perform
as well as the 1/2 hp Delta. That said, the Shop Fox has greater capacity;
a big plus if you do big projects. It also has about 40 pounds more weight
if that is a benefit.
The Shopfox can be had for about $50 less with one bit, the Delta has four.
This brings up another question. The Shop Fox can handle a 3/4" bit. If
you want a 3/4" mortise, do you make two passes with a 3/8"?
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