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

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 11:21 PM


I borrowed a drill press motiser and installed on my drill press and used it for an afternoon to see if thet would suffice. It did not and almost pitched it in the scrap pile until I rememberd it was borrowed.

Did some research and the Steel City 25000 mortiser got some very good reviews. We were ready to order one when I stopped by our local Woodcraft and they have their own branded version of the Steel City machine. (Obviously both came from the same plant in China). A few of the features I really liked about the SC mortiser is depth of cut (has 5” stroke and you can get a riser to add another 2+ inches), the large table, and the pull out table extensions.

The only real difference I can see is the Steel City has five year warranty and the Wood River is one year.

We bought the Woodriver on Sale for $249.99 and so far very pleased with it’s performance. Will do a real review after I cut a few more mortises of verying sizes and depths.

Good luck with what ever you select.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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