General - Benchtop Mortiser 75-050T
The General International benchtop mortiser has a sliding hold-down that is especially easy to adjust and is the only one we tested that has a tilting head.
Tilting Head Makes it Ideal for Chairmaking
From FWW #241 (July/August 2014):
Street price: $620
Motor: 1/2 hp
Clamping: Very good
Fence: Very good
Depth stop: Very good
Comments: Includes four chisels (1/4 in., 5/16 in., 3/8 in., 1.2 in.); tilting head makes it ideal for chairmaking.
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 most expensive model tested, the General International rose to the top as best all-around. It features a great fence that when moved remains square to the chisel. The standout sliding hold-down is especially easy to adjust. The mortiser has a vise and end stops and is the only one with a tilting head. Compared to most of the other machines we tested, there was minimal chip jamming during cuts.
Read the full article, “Benchtop Mortisers,” (FWW #178).