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    Anyone have thoughts on the Craftex benchtop mortiser? I have an opportunity to get one.

    Update: finally found these:
    http://forum.canadianwoodworking.com...ad.php?t=20111
    http://forum.canadianwoodworking.com...ead.php?t=4648
    http://www.routerforums.com/tools-wo...r-merrier.html
    but I would still be intereseted in other experiences with this model.

    I recognize this is a lower end model compared to the General and more substantial mortising machines, but I won't be doing more than a few projects a year in my home hobby shop, so I can put up with having to fine tune cuts and keep the tools sharp. But there is a lower limit...
    Last edited by kerfin; 05-08-2010, 05:17 PM.

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    Every objective opinion I've come across suggests that the machine is just fine and will suit your needs perfectly - and/but you will want to obtain quality chisels for it.... there's no way around that particular expense.

    Cheers!

    Gary (I'm getting one, and soon)

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      I have found the BB chisels to work quite well, but first the exterior of the chisels need to be flattened and polished (like a chisel back). This effectively sharpens them (the first time). After that, the diamond hones from LV (http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/pag...80,42240,53317) followed by a hardwood dowel charged with the green compound. FWIW

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        Kerfin;- I also have the BB mortiser, and am quite happy with it. It is used intermittently, as I am a hobbiest. Also found the BB chisels to work when sharpened well, as stated above. Roy
        Are you solving the problem, or becoming part of it?

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          I don't like how much the head twists and moves when you put some lateral force on it.

          If I were buying a mortiser, I would want one with a dovetail way. One of the local shops here has a delta model that looks similar, but has a dovetail way, and the head doesn't move or twist at all. It's about $100 more than the craftex model.

          HTH
          -Mike

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            If you have the budget , get the floor model. I'm very happy with mine and the sliding table makes it a joy to use.
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              Does the Craftex benchtop mortiser's fence slide? If not, how does one clamp the piece to get a precise offset distance from the edge to start the mortice?

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