Jet - Benchtop Mortiser JBM-5
The Jet benchtop mortiser has a reversible column for mortising larger stock and a toolless hold-down.
From FWW #241 (July/August 2014):
Street price: $355
Motor: 1/2 hp
Table: Very good
Depth stop: Good
Comments: MDF table can be replaced with shopmade jigs or larger table.
Read “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 Jet, like several others, is capable of cutting long or wide workpieces. The lightest of the mortisers tested, it had the least amount of runout. It offers a toolless method for securing the hold-down to the shaft and a great chuck-key, thanks to a long shank that makes it easy to reach the chuck. Its spring-loaded cogged lever took two hands to operate.
Read “Benchtop Mortisers,” (FWW #178).