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Thinking of getting a dedicated mortiser, used for less than or around $200.
Any thoughts or experiences with Jet or Reliant, Harbor Freight ? Or is it really worth waiting until a good Delta comes around on Craigs List ? ...Or is this one of those items that should only be bought new because it typically gets beaten like a rented mule by the previous owner and then sells to an unsuspecting sucker like me ?

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I bought a used Craftex mortiser on Kijiji. It was practically brand new. 2 of the 3 chisels/bits that came with it hadn't even been opened. I got it for about 2/3 of the new price and didn't have to pay taxes! I am very happy with it, it's not a high end one to begin with but it does what I need. You can get good used deals, just don't buy before you see it and plug it in to hear it and make sure it works.

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thanks for the words of wisdom CanuckGal!

Anyone have experience with the Harbor Freight / Central Machinery one ?
ITEM 35570-3VGA for about $170.

I've got a 20% off coupon. I always like having the option of return policies.
There's also a Jet and Reliant on CraigsList for about $175.

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I like the thread title.
I got it from a little birdie that Rockler and Jet are parting company and was told the Jet bench mortiser will soon be on sale.

I just put a new motor on a Woodworker's Tool Works Mortiser that I bought from my BIL. Fortunately, the company is still in business (1907- present, family owned). The model I have is the "Simplex" and was probably made more than 50 years ago. It is still cutting straight.
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Wow! That machine is not kidding around!

Good to know about Jet/Rockler. I'm going to keep my eyes out for either craigslist or some sale. Thanks for the info. Cheers.
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For those of us who are noobs to mortising, what's the advantage to having a dedicated machine vs bits in a drill press, or a router jig?
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Steel City makes a nice mortiser.

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For those of us who are noobs to mortising, what's the advantage to having a dedicated machine vs bits in a drill press, or a router jig?
Setting the useless responses aside....there are many advantages to owning a high quality dedicated mortiser over a router or drill press. Firstly a dedicated mortiser makes square holes, something a router CANNOT do. You have to decide for yourself if traditionally correct square sided mortises are important to you or the project you are doing. Squaring the rounded holes left by a router will have to be done using hand chisels. Again, you decide if you want to dedicate hand work into the equation. Secondly good quality mortisers have very rigid cast iron table and hold down. It's important that the table doesn't flex due high amount of force used cutting large mortises. This is where the dedicated mortiser has it's advantage over the drill press. The mortiser uses a heavy cast iron rack and pinion capable of sustaining the load through hardwoods. The drill press is not engineered for this use.

If you can afford it and your type of work includes a lot of mortises, then a good quality dedicated mortiser is a great addition to your shop.

Or, you can just spend your time making useless jigs. I hear they're good to dry your laundry on...
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Hi Joe

You can buy a fixtures for the drill press that will put many of the dedicated mortiser to shame not to say anything about the price

Yes you can dry your laundry on jigs,just one more way to use them.

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Setting the useless responses aside....there are many advantages to owning a high quality dedicated mortiser over a router or drill press. Firstly a dedicated mortiser makes square holes, something a router CANNOT do. You have to decide for yourself if traditionally correct square sided mortises are important to you or the project you are doing. Squaring the rounded holes left by a router will have to be done using hand chisels. Again, you decide if you want to dedicate hand work into the equation. Secondly good quality mortisers have very rigid cast iron table and hold down. It's important that the table doesn't flex due high amount of force used cutting large mortises. This is where the dedicated mortiser has it's advantage over the drill press. The mortiser uses a heavy cast iron rack and pinion capable of sustaining the load through hardwoods. The drill press is not engineered for this use.

If you can afford it and your type of work includes a lot of mortises, then a good quality dedicated mortiser is a great addition to your shop.

Or, you can just spend your time making useless jigs. I hear they're good to dry your laundry on...


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