When I spotted a new looking bandsaw at a Saturday yard sale at 3:30 pm, I knew I had to stop. I figured I’d get an especially good deal so late in the day. Unfortunately, the bandsaw was already sold, but then I spotted the hollow-chisel mortiser on the ground. “Does it work?” I asked the guy. “Oh Yeah,” he said. Spotting the $100 price tag, I asked if he’d take $70. “No problem, I’ll even help you get it in the car.”
Feeling smug the whole way home, I loaded my new purchase into my garage shop. After clearing a spot on my bench, I noticed a hairline crack in the casting that connects the business end to the motor. Not sure if it was just a mark in the casting, I attempted to assemble the rig. That’s when huge chunk of aluminum fell off. It seems like my new-to-me mortiser was a turkey and I felt like an even bigger turkey for buying it.
My first impulse was to launch the thing into the guy’s yard who sold it to me, but then I decided to look for a repair part. Luckily, I found the part on the Sears parts direct website. Now, a few days later, my part is here. As it turns out, my $70 mortiser has turned into a $110 project. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
My bargain mortiser has a fatal flaw. The main casting had a crack, resulting in a big chunk of aluminum falling off when I tried to mount the motor on the base.
$40 later, I have a new main casting. Unfortunately, swapping all the pieces looks like a big job. I'm expecting at least two hours to get everything disassembled and put back together again.