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Benchtop Mortiser BTM99-44252

Fisch - Benchtop Mortiser BTM99-44252

The Fisch offers twin columns for improved stability and a microadjustable fence.

$240 (As of 8/1/2005)

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Editor's Review: Benchtop Mortisers

by Roland Johnson

review date: August 1, 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 Fisch has a microadjustable fence; an upper-limit stop on the support column; and a spring-loaded cogged lever that took two hands to operate.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Fisch
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 724-663-9072
Cutting Capacity N/A
Table Travel N/A
Vertical Spindle Travel 3-1/2 in.
Table Size 13-1/2 in. x 6 in.
Amps 7 amps
Volts N/A
Speed 1,720 rpm

I have one of these that I bot b/c it was less expensive. As always, there is a price to pay! Fence is mediocre at best. The lock downs are poorly cast and many have broken already. You will need to adjust with a backer board with each cut which further limits stock size. It will cut true if you spend a lot of time to set up but i'm not too impressed overall. I am looking at a Steel City unit now to replace this one.

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