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Thread: I'm in the market for a mortiser.

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    I'm in the market for a mortiser.

    I am attending a retirement party for a co-worker on Friday night in Spokane. I called the Spokane Woodcraft. They didn't have the PM mortiser I was interested in but....

    They have a General International Model 75-050T M1 which is a tilting mortiser.

    Does anyone have one? If so, what's you take on it?


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    Wow, Vaughn, great comparative review.

    I have the Grizzly version (G0448) of the General. From the photos they appear to be nearly identical. It has a tilting head, but sorry to report I haven't used that feature yet so can't speak to it. The Grizzly comes with a stand, and it puts the table at belt height as with the General (I'm 5'8"). I find this to be convenient, as the workpiece is always above table height anyway, and I want to be looking down at the entry point for the chisel. The Grizzly has three handwheels, and the two table positioning handwheels are a bit close, but that would be true of all three machines. Not a show-stopper for me. I replaced a Jet JBM-5 with this mortiser, and have had no regrets. The workpiece vise and leadscrew positioning is orders of magnitude better than the JBM-5 (of course they're not equivalent in cost).

    I agree with Tod. I have mostly Grizzly machines, not just because I like the quality (usually), but Muncy is within range of me (bit of a hike) and Grizzly's customer service is unsurpassed (in my experience, anyway). That can definitely be a deal breaker.

    Good luck.


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