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    25200 chisel mortiser review

    I commented on another thread about buying the Steel City 25200 chisel mortiser, so I thought I would give my expierience using it.

    First off, I had no prior expierience using one of these so I was going to be "self taught".

    Assembly out of the box was very easy, I am one of those that dreads the words "some assembly required" but I found this tool to be vey easy to put together.


    The unit comes with 4 chisel/bits, I chose the 3/8 bit to make my mortises, I found the bit to be very sharp and it sliced through red oak with ease. I must have made about 200 cuts, and expierienced no problems. Operation was a breeze.

    I like the adjustable knobs on the base to keep the work tight against the fence, the extendable wings are also a nice feature although I didn't use them.

    When I assembled the joints they were flawless, a credit to the tool not the operator. If I were to make one change or addition thus far, it would be to add a adjustable light fixture like my drill press has. I'd like the work area to be well lit up to see the markings better, something I will address on my own the next time.

    I paid $279.00 for the tool and it currently comes with a $40.00 rebate.

    At the end of the day, making those mortises, I stood back and admired the tool and was very glad to have bought it. I would highly reccomend it to anyone considering the purchase of a chisel mortising machine.
    A very wise man once said.......
    "I'll take my chances with Misseurs Smith and Wesson. "

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    chisel mortiser hmmmmm!!

    thats interesting so is the cradle dune yet? more light less busch.
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    He drinks Busch?
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    Well I am not seeing any pics here, so did this really happen.........?
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    Crib isn't done yet Larry, you know that I'm not as speedy as you are.

    Busch, Busch Light, Bud, Bud Light....my mother in law retired from a Anheuser Busch company so I got to keep supporting her.

    Computer is getting fixed as I type Stu, so pictures are coming.....till then I am using this dad gummed laptop
    A very wise man once said.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Ash View Post
    Crib isn't done yet Larry, you know that I'm not as speedy as you are.

    Busch, Busch Light, Bud, Bud Light....my mother in law retired from a Anheuser Busch company so I got to keep supporting her.

    Computer is getting fixed as I type Stu, so pictures are coming.....till then I am using this dad gummed laptop
    Well, Steve, speaking as a stockholder of Anheuser-Busch Co.s, I thank you as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Ash View Post
    ...till then I am using this dad gummed laptop
    My question is what is your dad doing gumming your laptop? Can't you get him a teething ring or something?

    As I mentioned earlier, the mortiser is one of the tools that may sit idle a lot of the time, but for the projects that need them, they sure are handy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    My question is what is your dad doing gumming your laptop? Can't you get him a teething ring or something?

    This is Ken in Idaho....looking down ............shaking his head!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    My question is what is your dad doing gumming your laptop? Can't you get him a teething ring or something?
    Hey at 82 years of age he still has all of his teeth.
    A very wise man once said.......
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    Glad to see you quit waiting on me.

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