I am looking to buy a mortiser for the workshop. The old drill press and
chisel method is getting old. Any sugesstion on which one to buy. I am
looking towards buying a powermatic. Any pros or cons you guys have I look
forward to your replies.
If you've got the cash for a Powermatic, go for it - I doubt you'll do
much better than that. Search the archives here for a little more
info. If money is an issue, Amazon and Delta have a deal right now
where you can get the 14-651 (Delta's higher-line mortiser with
cast-iron table etc.) for about $175. Just received mine but haven't
had a chance to play with it yet. I found positive opinions on that
model in the archives here, in Amazon reviews (for those that received
the machine without shipping damage; mine was fine), and it received
top honors in a Workbench magazine review of 8 mid-range models
(Powermatic not included in that review).
Another review by American Woodworker is available at
http://tinyurl.com/yc3578 , but in that review, 5 of 8 machines tested
received "best buy" awards. The Powermatic Model 719 was mentioned
briefly as an "industrial-quality" machine that "testers loved", but
was apparently out of the league of the rest of their tested benchtop
Now hopefully someone who has a Powermatic will be able to weigh in
with a real review.
If you're looking to burn more money, Lee Valley has premium chisel &
I just bought the Delta Benchtop Mortiser from Amazon. They have a heck of
a deal with free shipping is $199.00. Actually mine came out to be $186.00.
The deal is still on at this url.
(Amazon.com product link shortened)66237762/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-0244883-8827126?ie=UTF8&s=hi
You bet ... the TDT on the case are all cut, and the fit was much better
than I anticipated thus far. Gotta find some Weldwood today as the glue-up
is going to take a bit more time than two hands and yellow glue will allow.
Here's a side by side with pics and text.
Having an XY table makes aligning the chisel to the layout lines SO MUCH
I did all of the M&T joints in Das Bench - the shoulder vise and
twin screw end vise bench based mainly on Frank Klausz's
workbench. Big mortises (10) for the base, lots (48) of
small ones for the intenal drawer guides and in between sized
through mortises (8) for the stretchers, 12 more for the
front and back verticals around the drawers (stiles).
This page and the next one will give you a better idea of
where all these M&T joints were
the prices have gone up about $100 each since I got mine.
I compared the Deltas, Shop Fox and Jet when I bought one a couple years
ago. They were all within spitting distance of each other price wise.
I ended up with the Shop Fox. Has more depth and height then Delta and
Jet. Has a horizontal handle which I found made it a LOT easier to use,
and the handle requires no tools to change the angle. The Shop Fox had
the best table and fence of the three at the time, though I see Delta
has improved in that regard. Also has a swivel base so you are not
limited to height at all. It's also a much heavier machine, all cast
iron versus some stamped steel, so not as portable.
I briefly looked at Powermatic, but SWMBO said NO!
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