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Posted on Drill Press w/Mortising Attachment vs Stand Alone Mortiser

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 06:19 PM

The drill press mortising attachments are harder to setup, and harder to cut deep mortises … most people describe them as ‘finicky’.

If you are using a benchtop drill press, save your money. Most of the attachments are designed for floor models.

With the drill press attachments, you are using the drill press’s feed levers to plunge both the auger and the hollow chisel. If you are working with hardwoods, that can be slow going. The feed levers on most drill presses are short (only a few inches) compared to the handle on a hollow chisel mortiser (my Jet JBM-5’s handle is about 3 times the length of the feed levers on my drill press), which means you gain considerable leverage with the hollow chisel that you can’t get with a drill press.

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