Tool Test: 1-hp Mortisers
These machines are bigger, beefier and mightier than benchtop models, but are they worth the extra cost?
Synopsis: In this tool review, Roland Johnson puts seven beefy, floor-standing mortisers through their paces and evaluates how they performed. Properly set up and used, he says, these machines will cut straight, square-sided mortises in short order. He compares their motor size, chisel capacity, table size, table travel flexibility, vertical spindle travel, net weight and whether they include a bit set; find out which earn his approval and why.
When faced with cutting a bunch of mortises, I like to use a mortiser. Properly set up and used, the mortiser, also called a mortising machine or hollow-chisel mortiser, cuts straight, square-sided mortises in relatively short order.
Stand-alone mortisers have been around for nearly a century, but they’ve always been big, expensive, industrial-quality machines. Relatively recently, though, several manufacturers have introduced moreaffordable stand-alone mortisers, with features that make them practical for serious hobbyists and small commercial shops. Compared with the drill-press…