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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. One of two Deltas tested, model MN300 is capable of cutting long or wide workpieces by unbolting the vertical-support assembly, turning the top of the machine 180 degrees, then reattaching it to the base. The base must also be adjusted so the fence extends over the workbench. It comes with the second-lowest price.
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