CRAFTEX BENCH TOP MORTISER
Mortising has never been easier & more precise. This benchtop machine features
a powerful 1/2HP, 1720-RPM motor for solid performance.
The machine is made from cast iron and steel for rigidity & stability.
The mortiser comes with a standard 3 jaw type key chuck for positive gripping &
a heavy duty hold down fence which eliminates movement in your work piece.
Easy quick-change access through twin side doors & a removable safety toggle
switch make for ease of use.
The mortiser has a 1/2" max chisel capacity & includes
3 chisels (1/4", 3/8" & 1/2")
Motor: 1/2HP, 1 Phase, 110V
Spindle speed: 1720 RPM
Chisel capacity: 1/4" - 1/2"
Max. Mortising Depth: 3"
Chisel shank: 3/4"
Spindle to Fence: 3 1/2"
Chisel to Table: 5"
Drill Chuck Capacity: 1/16" - 1/2"
Bushing Size: 3/4"
Table Size: 6" x 13 1/4"
Weight: 60 lbs.
CRAFTEX 2 YEAR WARRANTY
With decent chisels, this morticer is great for the price. It is pretty robust, pretty heavy and cuts accurate. The fence adjustment could be a bit better, but again for the price I would say this is a solid machine.
I was looking at the the CX series version which had much more features and even looked at the General International unit, which also had a lot of features (but way overpriced). For the amount of mortices I do (so far) this is just what I need.
I used to own a retro fit mortice attachment for my drill press which I was getting tired of.
I found this morticer pretty good for the price. Powerful and accurate enough for repeats and overally construction, while not super high end by any means, is pretty good for under $200. So far, pleased with the purchase.
The bits that come with are not that good.
Further to the first review, I purchased new bits and had a new collet machined. I'm much happier with it now.
I have discarded the backstop and am making a new base that is wider and longer and will accommodate a new backstop that will be parallel to the rear face of the mortise chisel.
You need to know that you will be throwing the bits provided in the garbage. They are crap.
The instructions say to remove the screw from the backstop locking handle but I have yet to figure out how that is accomplished.
The backstop adjustment screw is shown in the instructions as grounding on the base casting at the top of the backstop rod but it misses altogether. When turned 180 degrees to hit the casting at the bottom, the screw knob will not turn as it fouls the backstop rod.
The counterbores in the MDF base board raised the laminate around the bores and needs to be sanded down to produce a flat working surface.
I will be buying new bits at Lee Valley which cost the same amount as this machine. Since the machine collet is for 3/4" shanks, I will have to have a new collet machined for the Lee Valley set, which has 5/8" shanks. Should none of these efforts produce good results, I will be returning the machine for a refund.
PS...The black plastic cover plate was broken when I opened the box.
On a positive note, the motor runs.