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From FWW #241 (July/August 2014):Street price: $320Motor: 1/2 hp Hold-down: GoodClamping: NoneFence: Very goodTable: GoodDepth stop: GoodComments: Includes four chisels (1/4 in., 5/16 in., 3/8 in., 1/2 in.)
Read the full article, “Tool Test: Benchtop Mortisers,” (FWW #241).
From FWW #178 (July/August 2005):Properly set up and operated, a mortising machine cuts straight, square-sided mortises in relatively short order. The author had eight benchtop models shipped to his shop for a close examination. The Delta 14-651 offers a toolless method for securing the hold-down to the shaft; a riser block kit, which adds about 1-3/4 in. to the plunge depth of the mortiser; a better-than-average fence; and the best access to the drill chuck. A gap at the fence bottom allows chips and sawdust to escape. A good choice for the money.
Read the full article, “Benchtop Mortisers,” (FWW #178).
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