When I was looking at mortisers I found that, like scrollsaws and jigsaws, until you reach a certain level they are more effort than benefit. In my quest I had ended up at the General benchtop but, veered off to the Mortise Pal at the last minute and have been very happy. Now that the Mortise Pal is no more I hope that some of the entry level machines get spruced up a little and provide a solution somewhere under the 'decent' $500 benchtop machine, a Festool Domino or a $1200 floor machine that most of us home shop guys can't really justify.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke