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Industrial machines like the General 75-075 are a considerable step up in price, but you get a rock-solid machine, featuring a 1-hp motor that can handle the largest chisels and, best of all, a sliding X-Y table (moves forward, back, and side to side). Clamp the workpiece in place, then just crank the table to reposition it to cut mortises of any width and thickness, with stops for repetitive jobs. The fence pivots for angled work, and a tilting head is common. The 75-075 hollow-chisel mortiser sells for about $1150 and is available from www.general.ca.
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