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1-hp Mortiser 719-A

Powermatic - 1-hp Mortiser 719-A

Powermatic offers a 1-hp mortiser comparable to model No. 719 T, with cast-iron construction and a tilting table.

$800 (As of 12/1/2002)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: 1-hp Mortisers

by Roland Johnson

review date: December 1, 2002

Large stand-alone mortisers have been around for nearly a century, but now several manufacturers offer more affordable stand-alone models with features that make them practical for serious hobbyists and small commercial shops. Compared with the drill-press add-ons and benchtop mortisers currently on the market, these mortisers feature lots of cast-iron tables that move, sturdy hold-downs, 1-hp motors, and extralong lever handles. Curious to find out just how well these machines work, I tested seven of them.

All things considered, I was pleased to find that all seven were well made and did a decent job cutting accurate mortises, even when running a 3/4-in. bit. That puts them head and shoulders above any of the drill-press add-ons or benchtop mortisers I've used. So it wasn't easy to choose a favorite.

The Powermatic has the longest vertical travel and front-to-back table travel. The angle of lever handle is adjustable, and there is a smoothly operating gas-strut counterbalance, a table lock, and workpiece stops. This machine is a pleasure to work with.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Powermatic
Manufacturer's Web Site www.powermatic.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 1-800-274-6848
Cutting Capacity Chisel: 1 in. (softwood and hardwood)
Table Travel (front to back, side to side) 4 in., 16 in.
Vertical Spindle Travel 8 in.
Table Size 10 in. x 20 in.
Amps 11 amps
Volts 115v
Speed 1720 rpm

I purchased it used, it does a great job cutting mortises. I built a Low Boy cut every mortise by hand the next Low Boy i will use the Powermatic 719-A one day vs one hour.

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