Multico - 1-hp Benchtop Mortiser PM 22The Multico PM 22, made in England and sold in the United States by Garrett Wade, has features on par with floor-standing mortisers, including a 1-hp motor, a large table, and substantial hold-downs.
Multico 1-hp Mortiser Is a Benchtop Unit
Unlike the stand-alone mortisers reviewed in this article, a typical benchtop mortiser is likely to have an anemic 1/2-hp motor, a small, fixed table and a hold-down system that leaves a lot to be desired. But one benchtop mortiser on the market isn’t typical. The Multico PM 22, made in England and sold in the United States by Garrett Wade, has features closely related to the floor-standing mortisers. It includes a 1-hp motor, a good-size table, and substantial hold-downs.
It also has some other unusual attributes. The table tilts 45° to the left or right. It even can be positioned vertically for mortising the end of a board. And while the table on the Multico is fixed, the mortise head itself moves. The price is unusual, too, about double what you’ll pay for other 1-hp mortisers.
The hold-down clamps did an adequate job. But the dog-bone handle on the clamps always seemed to be at odds with the table. I prefer handwheels.
The Multico incorporates table stops that screw to the table—a plus. And I like the gas-strut counterbalance system, which made for smooth travel of the lever handle.
The easily adjusted stop rod with a multistep turret stop similar to those found on routers could be a real help when cutting haunched mortises.
The Multico is a good machine; however, for the upscale price, I expected it to be significantly superior to the others on the market.