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HFT Mortising Machine

by AlanJ44
posted 09-10-2018 02:46 AM


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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 09-10-2018 03:23 AM

They have been swapping out a lot of the old lines with these Hercules, and Bauer tools, probably replacing with something like that, or they just found that they didn’t sell.

HF is a company stepping out of the junk tool market, or at least trying to.

Not sure what the machines were by the numbers you left, but their green bench top mortiser, didn’t have tables or anything of legend, but the arm did allow you to impart some down pressure, just like with any mortiser.

My theory on mortisers is it’s not so much about the machine, unless work holding is your biggest priority, it’s on the chisels, and are they sharp. So a cheap HF mortiser can cut mortises just as nice as any other provided you spend a few bux on some good chisels, and keep them sharp. The chisels they come with are Crapola, and the steel sux, and will not hold an edge.

LV sells some chisels that are quire nice, and tools to keep them sharp.

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#2 posted 09-10-2018 04:39 PM

I have a HF mortiser and it has been doing well. I bought the HF X/Y table and with some modifications, use it on the mortiser. It allows me to accurately line up my work piece with the chisel. Like any HF tool, a little (sometimes a lot) of work and modification can turn a piece of junk into a very serviceable tool. At $74.18, I consider that a good buy.

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AlanJ44

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#3 posted 09-10-2018 07:36 PM

Thanks both of you, and yes I shop LV for all my precision tools, all my lathe chisels are their Henry Taylor’s

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#4 posted 09-10-2018 09:27 PM

hollow Chisel mortisers don’t even show up on their website…

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#5 posted 09-10-2018 09:32 PM

I’ve had mine for a few years now. The OE chisels are razor sharp and have stayed that way through repeated uses, although the hardest wood I have used them in is white oak…

The hold down and table setup is a bit wonky, but workable.

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AlanJ44

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#6 posted 09-11-2018 01:40 AM



hollow Chisel mortisers don t even show up on their website…

- DrDirt

Yeah, I’m thinking they dropped this tool, my store had three on the clearance shelf. And like you I went to the web when I got home to search before I made the decision to purchase.
I found some reviews here mostly.
I did find a back door to the documents tho.
https://manuals.harborfreight.com/manuals/35000-35999/35570.pdf

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

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#7 posted 09-11-2018 01:44 AM



The hold down and table setup is a bit wonky, but workable.
- dbhost

When I get some time, I’m going to upgrade, something bigger, with T track and some toggle clamps. Or maybe some of those and not these. At this point just don’t know

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

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#8 posted 09-12-2018 10:05 PM

I paid $50 for a third-hand one a few years ago – have used it a few times. Yes. The hold-downs are the biggest weakness. $75 new is a very good deal.

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