High Points: ↑ A flip-down guard prevents accidents around the chuck—a good idea because the chuck key lacks a spring-loaded safety pin. ↑ Long quill handles deliver ample leverage.…
Low Points: ↓ Requires two open-end wrenches to tilt the table, but neither are included. ↓ Without a quill lock, you can’t secure the chuck in a lowered position. ↓ You must remove a screw with a screwdriver to open the hood for speed changes. ↓ The battery-powered cross-hair lasers easily bump out of alignment and intersect at a steep angle, making pinpoint accuracy difficult. ↓ The chuck key did not fit in the onboard chuck-key holder. More Points: → Safety lock-out on the power switch engages with each shut- down and is difficult to open again. → Mortising with the optional attachment (#70-905, $120) proves accurate, but setup proves more finicky than with other makes.
Ease of Use
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