powermatic benchtop mortiser

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Review by kosta posted 05-12-2009 05:37 AM 6081 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I used this mortiser at my friends house today and it was sweet i am just used to putting a drill bit in the drill press and finishing it off with a rasp but this was awesome but its also a ton of money but its still really nice. Powermatic makes a floor standing model too but this is good enough to make good mortises.

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#1 posted 05-12-2009 05:44 AM

There are a number of Mortisers on the market both bench and floor models , I would suggest looking into grizzlies models.


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#2 posted 05-12-2009 05:49 AM

ok yea i have had a lot of demos with grizzly and powermatic tools and they are both great

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#3 posted 05-12-2009 05:52 AM

I have the Powermatic desktop mortiser for about a yeat now and it really is a first class mortiser. Well worth the money. Heads above in quality over my previous Delta mortiser which had numerous problems.
You can’t go wrong with quality.

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#4 posted 05-12-2009 05:54 AM

I have the Jet version which like the Delta is relativity inexpensive.

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#5 posted 05-12-2009 05:58 AM

yea i heard that the motors would go real fast on the deltas

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#6 posted 05-12-2009 06:01 AM

Greg how much was your powermatic mortiser

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#7 posted 05-12-2009 03:38 PM

Thanks for the review. I am a PM fan and have found their tool line to be well worth the money and their customer service to be excellent. If I did not have the Jet version (which I bought at an estate auction) this is one I definately would have in my shop.

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#8 posted 05-12-2009 04:11 PM

Yea powermatic and jet are both owned by WMH tool group and they are both really good

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#9 posted 05-13-2009 04:28 PM

Has anyone ever used the brand “Multico” I believe it’s British?

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#10 posted 05-13-2009 04:53 PM

Interesting what you say about the motors going out in the Deltas. I have had mine for about 5 years and it still works great.

I think that the chisels matter as much as the tool itself.

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#11 posted 05-13-2009 05:07 PM

would you care to detail why this would be a 5 star as opposed to a 4 star? I see that you are comparing it to a method of drilling with a drill bit and cleaning with a rasp (why not a chisel?) which would obviously make a huge difference. but that would also be the case with using a mortising attachment in the drill press – I’m just curious as to what makes this particular model a 5 star machine? (I believe there’s more to a mortiser than just drilling square holes…. theres alignment issues, power, precision, stops, capacity, etc. – I’m interested to know more about those)

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#12 posted 05-13-2009 05:50 PM

well the alignment is really good and it has enough power to go through any type of wood

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#13 posted 05-13-2009 05:51 PM

Hey Garry it depends what type of wood you are using if you are using poplar or pine then the mortiser will last longer if you are using epay then it will not last as long

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#14 posted 05-26-2009 06:43 AM

” it was sweet ”
How about some details as to what makes it “sweet” ? This is supposed to be a review , not a taste test.
Other than your drill press , what do you have to compare it to ?
How long have you been using it to rate it at 5 stars ? What type of wood did you mortise ? How many mortises did you make ?
When you referred to “epay” , did you mean Ipe ? What have you built with Ipe that you had to mortise?
It is most commonly used as exterior decking due to its hardness and natural decay resistance.
Here’s a link for you with some Ipe info.

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