Craftsman Benchtop Mortiser

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.3
out of 5
Brand:
Craftsman
Model:
21907
Price:
$300

Description

Large cast iron base dampens vibration and adds stability during operation. Extra-long fence with micro-adjustment. Quill handle can be mounted to the right or left side of quill for user-convenience. Includes adapter for bits of varying lengths. Convenient bit storage tray . Comes with four chisels and bits set and a 2.25" riser block.

• Stroke: 2.25"
• Stroke w/riser block installed: 4.75"
• Chuck: 3/8"
• Chisel bushing: 5/8"
• Chisels/bits included: 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 1/2"
• Tool holder
• Overall dimensions: 14" x 14.5" x 31"

WOOD magazine review

Decent machine, but needs new chisels & bits

Review Summary

+Pluses: Most woodworkers can lift the 68-lb Craftsman onto a workbench. When secured to a workbench, you get good leverage from the short, right-angle-grip handle, and can position that handle in six starting points on either the right or left side of the machine.
Adding a 2-1/2" riser block to the column doubles the stroke, giving you greater workpiece capacity. –Minuses: This machine stalled when mortising 3/8" and larger mortises in hard maple, but handled red oak, ash, and pine just fine. The included chisels and bits left mortise sidewalls more ragged than most other models and heated up quickly, turning blue. (Craftsman will replace these cutters with a new set at no charge through December 2012; call 800-266-9079 to learn how.) Despite a microadjuster, the manual-slide fence was our least favorite.

Detailed Ratings

3.3
out of 5

Performance

3

Features

4

Ease of Use

3

Value

3

Reader Reviews

I got a good deal

Review Summary

I got this machine for under $200 at Sears. For the occasional use that it gets it is a good mortiser. I compared it with my neighbors pricier Delta and the difference was in the Chisels and drills. I got my replacement drills through the Sears replacement program and it has transformed the machine. It no longer stalls as the editor pointed out in his review. I like to use my indispensable Maglocks as Hold downs and they work perfectly.
If you are a maker of Mission Furniture and making mortise and tenon joints all the time, you would look for a better machine. For the occasional use I have it is not worth my budget for a Powermatic. It is better spent elsewhere.

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

5

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