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Benchtop Mortiser 75-050T

General - Benchtop Mortiser 75-050T

The General International benchtop mortiser has a sliding hold-down that is especially easy to adjust and is the only one we tested that has a tilting head.

$440 (As of 8/1/2005)

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Editor Choice-Best Overall

Editor's Review: Tool Test: Benchtop Mortisers

by Roland Johnson

review date: August 1, 2005

From FWW #241 (July/August 2014):
Street price: $620
Motor: 1/2 hp
Hold-down: Excellent
Clamping: Very good
Fence: Very good
Table: Fair
Depth stop: Very good
Comments: Includes four chisels (1/4 in., 5/16 in., 3/8 in., 1.2 in.); tilting head makes it ideal for chairmaking.

Read the full article, "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 most expensive model tested, the General International rose to the top as best all-around. It features a great fence that when moved remains square to the chisel.  The standout sliding hold-down is especially easy to adjust. The mortiser has a vise and end stops and is the only one with a tilting head. Compared to most of the other machines we tested, there was minimal chip jamming during cuts.
Read the full article, "Benchtop Mortisers," (FWW #178).

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating Best Overall

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer General
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 1-888-949-1161
Cutting Capacity N/A
Table Travel N/A
Vertical Spindle Travel 6 in.
Table Size 7-3/4 in x 8 in.
Amps 3.8 amps
Volts N/A
Speed 1,720 rpm

After looking at a number of different benchtop models, this unit just simply outperformed the others I tried. It's simple to set-up and adjustments are easy. The depth gauge could use a little refining but it works just fine. The tilting mechanism is a nice feature especially if your making chairs, instead of building up a jig or placing blocks, just tilt the head. At well over 80 lbs it's the heaviest unit I tested and it looks and feels like a professional tool should.At $400 it's not cheap, but it will be the last benchtop mortiser I will ever have to buy. Oh yeah, by my own stupidity I accidently broke one of the hold-down levers, sent an email to GI with the details of my machine and the rep mailed me out a replacement promptly. Good communication and warrantee as well. I highly recommend this unit.


Just bought this one too. I like it. I can comfortably cut 3/8 mortises. I sharped the provided chisels and they work pretty good. Did not have a lot of luck with the provided 1/2 inch chisels. I am sure that they will work too. Once boltet to the work bench that are no shaking that I was experience with the drill press. So, it is pretty good. The front stop is useful so that the mortise is square. I think some of the other mortisers don't have that feature. It basically registers the workpiece against the fence, so I have a consistent distance from the fence the chisel. Other wise I think the work piece might move a little bit.

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