thew...the PM20 is a lot more capable than the pm16.The head moves in
all plains and can cut 20mm mortises no problem.
have a look.Its sometimes so bizzare the difference between european and
American style tools/machines.just look at the threads over saw fences
and such like
FWIW I got a PM20 from GarrettWade several years ago and have found it to be
well worth the additional cost. When it arrived on a truck the driver
said,"the crate looks a little rough." Rough, indeed, the crate was
completely broken off the top and a real mess. It looked like it had been
dropped on its top, the mortiser was exposed and dented. Most people would
not have accepted it, but I did, with the idea if the mortiser was damaged
badly I could just send it back. The top cover of the mortiser showed
obvious damage. Anyhows, I set up the thing, cutting my hand on one of the
very sharp chisels and it worked fine. I called Garrett-Wade and got a top
cover shipped, pronto, and now it looks just great and works super.
I just spent the weekend with my JET benchtop and it was pure bliss. It was
quick and easy to setup and it cut the mortises just like I wanted them. I
was using pine too and it didn't clog or anything. Absolutely loved it.
(Even SWMBO came into the shop after I had finished and said "Wow, you got
all that done already? That was fast!" -- lemme tell ya, that's saying
something, I've never equated "fast" with any of my woodworking.)
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